William Carey University received a check Thursday from a state organization to help fund the College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The Gulf States Osteopathic Medical Foundation presented the university with a $32,000 check. The foundation is a non-profit organization that supports osteopathic medicine in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
The monies will be use for feasibility study.
"Well we are very excited about the medical school," said WCU President Tommy King. "As you know, about 72 of the 82 counties in Mississippi are under served, and surrounding states likewise lack proper medical care. We think that our new program will fill that need for Mississippi and surrounding states." King said the college will start interviewing students this fall. One hundred students will be accepted into the program each year.