Program for Idaho medical students receives $12 million for scholarships

Idaho Capitol Sun

A program for Idaho medical students has received $12 million for scholarships.

The $12 million for scholarships cames through one donor named John Huckabay. All told, he has donated over $40 million to the Idaho medical program and supported scholarships for more than 1,000 medical students.

The Idaho Press reports, Idaho ranks near the bottom of states in the country for number of active primary care physicians, and 49th for active physicians overall.

According to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, nearly every corner of Idaho, or 98%, has a shortage of primary care physicians, and every county has a shortage of mental health care professionals.