Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine Student Grateful for CareSource Indiana Scholarship

by Glendal Jones | Mar 04, 2024

When Marian University and CareSource Indiana announced a new $250,000 scholarship and initiative designed to address rural healthcare challenges, one Marian College of Osteopathic Medicine student couldn't be happier, since he knows first-hand the struggles some families face when visiting a doctor in rural communities.  

"Recently, I was the first medical professional that had spoken to one family, and while I was taking care of the mother who had a stroke, I realized I was helping the entire family since I ended up educating them about how hospital systems worked," said Matt Turton, a fourth-year College of Osteopathic Medicine student. Turton, who is also from a rural community in South Lyon, Michigan, believes the disparities in healthcare access in rural areas are huge, and the partnership is a beacon of hope.  

“As a future healthcare provider, it’s our duty to ensure that every Hoosier, regardless of their zip code, has access to quality healthcare,” Turton added. 

According to, almost 60% of Indiana's 92 counties have a shortage of primary healthcare providers. Hoosiers in rural areas often lack adequate insurance, have difficulty finding doctors with openings for new patients, and drive long distances to access healthcare. 

Amanda Wright, D.O., dean of the  College of Osteopathic Medicine, said, "This partnership is a testament to our shared commitment to addressing the critical healthcare needs in Indiana's rural communities. The generous $250,000 gift will provide financial support to deserving osteopathic medical students and play a pivotal role in shaping the future of rural medicine. This scholarship will empower and inspire our students to become dedicated health care professionals, serving in areas where the need is greatest." 

Turton said his encounter with patients in rural communities inspired him to return and practice in primary care when he graduates. "The true beauty in medicine is when you create this person-to-person relationship, and in my opinion, the only way to create that is to imagine every single person as an extended part of your family."  

Marian and CareSource leaders agree, as the collaboration supports the enhancement of rural healthcare delivery, especially since many College of Osteopathic Medicine students are opting for primary care careers in rural communities.  
“CareSource's partnership with Marian University marks a pivotal step in addressing rural health care challenges in Indiana,” said Steve Smitherman president of CareSource Indiana. “As a nonprofit managed care entity, we are committed to improving access to health care for all Hoosiers and proud to invest in the future of rural medicine. We look forward to the positive impact this collaboration will have on communities across the state.” 

The first scholarship will be awarded Fall 2024.

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