Information For Students


Student Membership

IRHA membership is free to all full time students. The IRHA provides many opportunities for you to engage with the rural Indiana health industry; free educational webinars, must-attend events, resource sharing, networking and more! Be a part of the mission to enhance the health and well-being of all Hoosiers living in rural areas. 


Annual Conference Student Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of our underwriters, the Indiana Rural Health Association has been able to offer scholarships to full time health profession students to attend the IRHA Annual Conference. These scholarships cover the cost of the student's registration and hotel fee. Scholarship applications open in February.

For more information about the IRHA Annual Conference student scholarships please visit the IRHA Annual Conference webpage and scroll down to the "scholarship" tab.

Fellowship Program

IRHA is pleased to announce our open application to our 2021 fellowship program.  This fellowship program is a comprehensive annual program that brings students (undergraduate/graduate levels) and young professionals together to better understand policies and programs that impact rural health. If accepted to the program, each fellow will be assigned to a mentor/co-mentor team and a group that will research and develop a policy solution to a rural health issue. 

Program Structure

The IRHA Fellowship is composed of monthly one-hour lectures and networking events with entire cohort. Subsequent small groups meet monthly under the guidance of a dedicated IRHA mentor/co-mentor team to develop a policy project that is introduced, via a breakout presentation at IRHA Annual Conference and delivered in a final presentation to the IRHA board at the conclusion of the fellowship in December 2021. Lastly, fellows are expected to attend four events throughout their fellowship year. The required events are listed in bold below; additional elective events are also available. Please anticipate to allocate 5-10 hours per month for this fellowship.


IRHA 2021 Fellowship Orientation - January 27, 2021

IRHA 2021 Public Policy Forum - January 28, 2021

IRHA Spring Rural Summit - April 8, 2021

IRHA 23rd Annual Conference - Preliminary Presentation - June 14-16, 2021

Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center - July 20-22, 2021

IRHA Fall Forum - November 18, 2021

IRHA Board Meeting - Final Presentation - December 2, 2021

Note: Required events are denoted with bold text. In-person events are contingent on COVID-19 status of state and local communities. Further guidance will be given as event(s) approach.

Application Instructions

The application is available until November 13, 2020.  Please fill out the application provided in the link below:


If you have any questions, please reach out to Trevor Cunningham at