Andrew Register (Class of 2026) 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 practice in rural communities and become outstanding physicians. These scholars represent the highest commitment to providing excellent health care to rural Georgians,” said Dr. Sumner. “The scholarship removes a huge financial burden of medical school debt which has been a perceived hurdle for doctors going into less populated areas. With this financial support, students can plan on practicing quality medicine in the small towns they know and love.”
The mission of investing in students from rural Georgia so that they can return to their hometowns virtually debt-free and be educated to serve the rural, underserved communities of Georgia is what drew Register to the Nathan Deal Scholarship.
“I am honored to be a recipient of the Nathan Deal Scholarship,” said Register. “I applied because of my strong desire to practice in a rural underserved community.”
Register knows the health care struggles in the underserved, rural areas of Georgia and hopes to someday give back to his hometown community.
“We plan on moving back to the southwest Georgia area once I complete residency,” he added. “I hope to provide quality care and make a long-term impact to the community in which I practice.”
Register is the spouse of Annie Bridges Register, son of Brinson and Libby Register, and brother of Charles and Annie Grace Register.
“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.”