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Rural Medical & Science Scholars brochure

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Publication Number: M0980
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Summer 2022
June 1–17

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

“Through shadowing experiences, college coursework, and a consortium of like-minded peers, RMS influenced my captivation with medicine and lit a fire of passion in me to not only become a physician but also to serve as an agent of change.” -Torrye Evans RMSS Class of 2015

“Rural Medical and Science Scholars empowered me to realize that I can leave a lasting impact on a rural community. ” -Emily Davis RMSS Class of 2016 and Extension Apprentice 2020

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

For 2½ weeks this summer, you can—

  • make new friends with similar interests and goals.
  • get a tour of the University of Mississippi Medical Center and talk with faculty and students.
  • take a health science college-level course (Introduction to Health Professions).
  • earn certification as a Junior Master Wellness Volunteer.
  • participate in practical learning activities, such as Telehealth, Injury and Illness (I²) Simulation, Gray for a Day, Scholars in the Kitchen, Scholars in Engineering, and Suturing Techniques and One Health.
  • live on campus, including weekends, 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 20 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 or email the completed application postmarked by April 1, 2022.

How much does it cost? $2,600 (includes $100 application fee)

  • The program cost includes tuition, housing, textbooks, program/workshop materials, food for weekend meals, and the application fee.
  • Additional cost information is available at

Are Scholarships Available?

  • Up to 30 scholarships for $2,500 each are available on a needs basis; first come, first serve.
  • Accepted scholars must pay the $100 program application fee to ensure participation.

We gratefully acknowledge the Mississippi State University Extension Service, MSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, AIM for Change Initiative, and CREATE/Toyota Wellspring for their support of this program.

For More Information

Ann Sansing, Director (662) 325-4043,, or Jasmine Harris-Speight, Assistant Director (662) 325-6640,, 

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Extension Service of Mississippi State University, cooperating with U.S. Department of Agriculture. Published in furtherance of Acts of Congress, May 8 and June 30, 1914. GARY B. JACKSON, Director

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Portrait of Ms. Ann Sansing
Extension Instructor
Rural Medical Scholars Program Director/Community Health Coordinator