The University of Mississippi Medical Center's statement of purpose states in part:
The Medical Center offers equal opportunity in all its programs and services regardless of race, sex, color, religion, marital status, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or veterans status. Mississippi's population is culturally diverse. Most Mississippians trace their own ancestral roots to the British Isles, the continent of Europe or the continent of Africa. The state also has many citizens of American Indian, Asian or Pacific Island and Hispanic descent. In policy and practice, the institution encourages and actively recruits applicants from all segments of the state's population. The Medical Center is committed to maintaining an educational environment that fosters respect for and sensitivity to individual differences; promotes personal and professional development; and gives all students the opportunity to succeed, regardless of ethnicity, gender or socioeconomic status.
The University of Mississippi School of Medicine adheres to this mission statement to assure the diversity of the school's student body. Mississippi's largest minority population is African-American. To aid in the recruitment of these Mississippians, the School of Medicine offers three scholarships, covering tuition, fees, books and most monthly living allowances, to first-year students. The scholarship is renewable annually if the recipient remains in good academic standing. Recipients must commit to reside and practice in Mississippi for five years. Additional partial scholarships for minority students are available.