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Hobbs named Nathan Deal Scholar

Megan Hobbs (Class of 2025) was recently selected as a Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) Nathan Deal Scholar, announced MUSM Dean Jean Sumner, M.D.
Nathan Deal Scholars are selected based on their strong ties to rural Georgia, character, leadership qualities, community involvement and their likelihood of serving in rural, underserved Georgia after their scholarship obligations are met. The recipients receive 85-100% of tuition for up to four academic years.
“The Nathan Deal Scholarship enables and supports students who want to return to rural communities to become outstanding physicians. These scholars represent the highest commitment to providing excellent health care to rural Georgians,” said Dr. Sumner. “This scholarship removes a financial burden of medical school debt, which has been a perceived hurdle for doctors going into less populated areas. With this support, students plan on practicing quality medicine in the small towns they know and love.”
The mission of investing in students from rural Georgia so they can return to their hometowns virtually debt-free and be trained to serve the rural, underserved communities of Georgia is what drew Hobbs to the Nathan Deal Scholarship.
“It is such an honor to be able to represent Mercer University School of Medicine by being a Nathan Deal Scholar and living out their mission statement to educate physicians and send them to rural, medically underserved areas,” said Hobbs. “It is a very humbling experience, and I cannot wait to begin this journey.”
Hobbs knows the health care struggles in the underserved, rural areas of Georgia and hopes to someday give back to her hometown community.
“My plans are to return home to Hazlehurst following medical school and residency to practice medicine,” she said. “I have a strong passion and desire to specialize in pediatrics; however, I know that God may have different plans for my life regarding specialization, so I will follow wherever He leads me. No matter the specialty, I want to be able to give back to a community that has given so much to me and my family.”
Megan is the daughter of Hank and Debbie Hobbs, and sister of Kristin Hobbs.
“The Nathan Deal Scholars will make a difference in the health status of Georgians,” added Dr. Sumner. “This scholarship is one more way Mercer is reinforcing its commitment to rural Georgia.”

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