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Rural Medical & Science Scholars

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Attention, high school juniors! Get a jump-start on college and explore a career in health or science!

Rural Medical & Science Scholars Summer 2024, June 9–21

“RMSS was the spark that ignited me to pursue a career in the medical field and helped me reach my goal of entering medical school. I have become close friends with many of my RMSS peers, and we still discuss the positive impact RMSS continues to have on our journey in life.” —Katelyn Jackson, RMSS Class of 2015

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

For 2 weeks this summer, you will—

  • 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).
  • begin 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?

  • Visit our website for more information on how to apply.
  • 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 15, 2024.

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 on the RMSS page.

Are Scholarships Available?

  • Up to 25 scholarships for $2,500 each are available on a needs basis; first come, first served.
  • Accepted scholars must pay the $100 registration fee to ensure participation.

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

Please read the frequently asked questions.

“The relationships and memories you make at RMSS are truly incomparable. It is so amazing to spend a month with like-minded peers. I am so thankful that RMSS gave me lifelong friends and experiences that I can take into my professional career in the future.” —Maggie Jo Everett, RMSS Class of 2019

Program Leadership Team

Jasmine Harris-Speight
(662) 325-6640

Mmesoma Okafor
Assistant Director
(662) 325-6761

Dr. David Buys
(662) 325-3070

Ann Sansing
Executive Director
(662) 325-4043

M980 (10-23)

Department: Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion
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