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School of Medicine Summer Scholars Program

Saint Louis University's School of Medicine Summer Scholars Program is designed to further expose interested youth to medicine and health care. The School of Medicine has hosted the Summer Scholars Program for more than ten years.

Students participating in pathology hands-on lab.

About the Program

During the three-week program, students meet with a variety of health care professionals. Some of the specialties may include: family medicine, orthopaedics, emergency medicine, surgery, pediatrics, transplant surgery, internal general medicine, pathology, dietitians and nursing. 

The program is coordinated with the assistance of first-year medical students. In addition to career exploration, students:

  • Participate in a cadaver demonstration
  • Take a tour of Saint Louis University’s campus/St. Louis area
  • Complete a research project
  • Participate in a community service project
  • Receive several hours of ACT preparation

How to Apply for the Summer Scholars Program

Program Application

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To request additional information, please contact Potential applicants must apply by June 7, 2021.

Who can participate?
The School of Medicine Summer Scholars Program is open to any student entering 9-12 grades and who is interested in pursuing a career in medicine or health care. This program is designed to encourage high school students from diverse backgrounds to pursue health-related careers.
When does the program take place?

The program will take place from June 14-July 2, 2021.

Where is the program?

 The Summer Scholars Program will take place in person. Subject to change.

How much does the program cost?

The program is provided to eligible applicants at a cost of $250. Program costs include: ACT prep and all program activities. Needs based financial aid may be available for some students. Please inquire

What are the eligibility requirements?

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be interested in pursuing a career in medicine or health care 
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Complete the online application form
  • Submit an essay explaining their personal interest in the medical profession (200-500 words, double-spaced)
  • Submit one letter of recommendation from a counselor, science or math teacher
  • Be able to attend all three weeks of the program
  • Attend the orientation with a parent/legal guardian on June 11, 2021 from 3-5pm.
What is the deadline to apply?

Students interested in the program must apply by June 7, 2021. Please send application materials to

Applicants will be notified by phone and/or email of their acceptance into the program by June 8, 2021.