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Summer 2019
June 2-28

Rising High School Seniors, get a jump-start on college and explore a career in health or science!

“RMS helped solidify my interest in medicine. Having the experience of attending college classes, working with talented physicians, and learning about the healthcare field while in high school was the catalyst I needed to apply myself in my classes and activities. My experience as an RMS scholar gave me the critical exposure to healthcare that I needed to transform my life and begin transforming the world around me.”

Marcus Daniels
RMS Class of 2010
M.D. Candidate, MS IV
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


“RMS began my interest in a career in the medical field and launched my trajectory into my current career as a quality engineer, ensuring medical devices meet regulatory requirements for the safety of the patient.”

Sara Adams
RMS Class of 2003

What Will I Do as a Rural Medical & Science Scholar?

For 4 weeks this summer, you will—

  • shadow physicians, dentists, and other healthcare professionals.
  • make new friends with similar interests and goals.
  • visit the medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center to talk with faculty and students.
  • take two college-level courses (Introduction to Health Professions and Applied Public Health Sciences).
  • earn certification as a Junior Master Wellness Volunteer.
  • participate in practical learning activities participate in practical learning activities, including Biosecurity in the Age of Avian Influenza, Forensic Entomology, Injury and Illness (I²) Simulation, Medicinal Aspects of Botanical Plants, Scholars in the Kitchen, Suturing Techniques, and One Health.
  • live on campus at Mississippi State University and get a taste of college life.

Do I Qualify? Yes, if you–

  • are currently completing your junior year of high school.
  • received a minimum composite score of 22 on the ACT.
  • have good grades that complement your ACT scores.
  • want to learn about a career in health or science.
  • are a Mississippi resident.

How Do I Apply?

  • Complete the student portion of the application available at
  • Ask one of your teachers to write a recommendation letter.
  • Ask the recommending teacher to forward the application and recommendation to your guidance counselor.
  • Your counselor will need to attach ACT scores and an official transcript and mail the completed application postmarked by March 25, 2019.

How Much Does It Cost? $2,400

  • The program fee includes tuition, housing, textbooks, and an application fee.
  • Food costs and weekend travel expenses are variable and not included in the fee.
  • See additional cost information.

An individual’s financial situation should not be a deterrent to applying to and successfully completing the program; limited scholarships are available.

We gratefully acknowledge the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the MSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care for their support of this program.

Please read the frequently asked questions.

For More Information

Ann Sansing
(662) 325-4043

Jasmine Harris-Speight
Assistant Director
(662) 325-6640

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