Summer Scholars Program


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Scholars Program Applications Now Open!

The Scholars Summer Program gives you the opportunity to learn more about a career in health care. We have four program tracks: one for undergraduate students and three for high school students. From gaining additional knowledge in the basic sciences to experiencing clinical rotations, you will spend a several weeks investigating health care as a profession. Participants will have a chance to design and work on a research project, shadow a variety of physicians, and learn more about careers in medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry.

Program Tracks:

  • Traditional High School Scholars (2 Weeks)
  • Advanced High School Scholars for Returners (2 Weeks)
  • STAHR High School Scholars (6 weeks)
    Scholarship Opportunity Track
  • STAHR Undergraduate Scholars (6 Weeks)
    Scholarship Opportunity Track

Students will spend time meeting medical professionals at Truman Medical Center, the Kansas City Missouri Health Department, Children’s Mercy, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Dentistry. Choosing a career in health care is a big investment and the Scholars Program will assist you in determining whether or not it is the right choice for you.

Program Dates: 

  • Monday, June 1st – Friday, July 10th (6 week tracks)
  • Monday, June 8th – Friday, June 19th (2 week tracks)

Scholarship: Participants that complete the program will receive a scholarship at the end of the summer (6 week program participants only).  Award amount varies based on number of participants.

Program Cost: Free

Application Requirements:

High School Students:

If selected, you must be available to attend all sessions this summer which will occur daily on weekdays from 8:00am to 4:00pm.


Undergraduate Students:

  • A completed online application submitted by Friday, April 24th
  • Two recommendations from a counselor, advisor, teacher/instructor or other educational professional (submitted online) using the Reference Form
  • A copy of your most recent transcripts or report card (email to stahr@umkc.edu)

If selected, you must be available to attend all sessions this summer which will occur daily on weekdays from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Eligibility for the programs:

Our Scholars Programs are open to high school students and undergraduate students. Preference is given to students who are from traditionally underrepresented communities and who live in the Kansas City metro area. In order to be eligible to participate, students will need to be from an economically disadvantaged family or attend an economically disadvantaged high school. Students may also be considered if they will be the first student in their family to attend college or (for undergraduates) if they are the first person in their family to attend.

The Scholars Program includes:

  • Enrichment in the basic sciences
  • Experience in clinical laboratories
  • The Physician Speaker Lecture Series
  • Observation of emergency services, rehabilitation services and internal medicine and nursing services
  • Hands-on experience in the medical simulation lab

By attending the Scholars Program this summer, you’ll learn what it takes to prepare for a career in health care and begin building the foundation for success in multiple areas including: interview skills, study and test-taking strategies, and interpersonal and communication skills. In addition, you will learn about various occupations from physicians and health care professionals through the Physician Speaker Lecture Series. You also will receive daily instruction in anatomy, physiology, biology and chemistry which will help you academically prepare for education in the health sciences and a career in health care.

Note: The Scholars Program is not an academically accelerated program. It is most appropriate for highly motivated students who want to increase their exposure to health careers and improve their science skills through review and enrichment.

If you have any questions, contact our STAHR team at stahr@umkc.edu or 816-235-6169.