College sophomores who are interested in practicing general or pediatric dentistry in a rural area can apply to take part in the two-year pre-matriculation (undergraduate) phase of the MRDSP. Students in this program are given academic enrichment as well as well as DAT preparation materials to assist them in their quest to becoming practicing dentists. College juniors can apply for the one-year program that will also provide academic enrichment for students selected.
Each student must:
"As a member of the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program, I aspire to earn my place in the dental community of Mississippi. I accept responsibility for my conduct and expect the highest standards of myself. I understand and pledge my commitment to fulfilling the requirements of the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program. I recognize it is an honor and a privilege to be the recipient of the State's financial investment in me. I pledge to uphold my agreement to practice general or pediatric dentistry in rural Mississippi."