Summer Scholars Program at UMKC

The Summer Scholars Program is a four-week, non-residential educational/preparatory experience that introduces selected high-school juniors and seniors to a myriad of opportunities in the healthcare field. The program is designed to identify talented minority and economically disadvantaged high-school juniors and seniors and to encourage them toward careers in medicine and other health-science careers. The program is held during the months of June and July, and commences on the first Monday following the Fourth of July holiday and ends on the last business day of the month.

Program components include:

  • Basic science enrichment
  • Exposure to various aspects of the medical field
  • Opportunities to interact with medical students and medical professionals
  • Interviewing and personal development skills
  • Information about preparing to apply to medical school

Area high-school counselors receive packets each March that include a personal letter explaining the program and application forms for distribution. Counselors are asked to identify students who might benefit from the Summer Scholars Program. All applicants must submit a completed application form, but it must be coordinated through your high-school counselor.

Please note that applications are typically due in April; dates for 2014 have not been set.


Applicants are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of a written essay-response to the statement "I want to participate in the Summer Scholars program because..."
  • Grades and grade patterns (high-school transcript required)
  • Out-of-class activities and achievements
  • Honors and awards
  • Course selections
  • Results of achievement and/or aptitude tests (ACT, PSAT, SAT, etc.)
  • Written recommendations from a counselor and science/mathematics instructor
  • Written permission from a parent(s) allowing student's participation
Date(s) of Commitment: 

June and July


Marilyn Hardy 
UMKC School of Medicine
2411 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO 64108