St. Elizabeth Healthcare will give $2.5 million to students in the inaugural class of the University of Kentucky’s satellite medical school in Northern Kentucky, which is scheduled to open in 2019.
The money will be used to offset tuition expenses for students enrolled in the new program, which will be housed at Northern Kentucky University.
“In providing these scholarships, we are making an enormous investment in the future of the health of our community,” said Garren Colvin, St. Elizabeth President and CEO. “With our partnership with the University of Kentucky, we will be able to provide additional benefits to both organizations as well as the region and commonwealth by directly assisting in medical school support and recruitment for the Northern Kentucky campus.”
The partnership between UK, St. Elizabeth and NKU creates UK’s third satellite medical school, which have the mission of reducing a physician shortage across the state. UK also has programs at Western Kentucky University and at Morehead State University, in cooperation with area health care providers.