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Rural Medical &Science Scholars Summer 2021

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Publication Number: M1343
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Rising High School Seniors, get a jump-start on college and explore a career in health or science!

Online/Hybrid delivery!

Summer 2021: June 1–28

For 4 weeks this summer, you can—

  • make new friends with similar interests and goals.
  • get a virtual tour of the University of Mississippi Medical Center and talk with faculty and students.
  • take two online college-level health science courses (Introduction to Health Professions and Foundations of Rural Health).
  • earn certification as a Junior Master Wellness Volunteer.
  • participate in practical learning activities, such as Biosecurity in the Age of Avian Influenza, Forensic Entomology, Injury and Illness (I²) Simulation, Gray for a Day, Scholars in the Kitchen, Scholars in Engineering, and Suturing Techniques and One Health.
  • for 1 week of the program, live on campus at Mississippi State University and get a taste of college life.

To qualify, you must—

  • be currently completing your junior year in high school.
  • have achieved a minimum composite ACT score of 22.
  • have high school grades that complement your ACT score.
  • want to learn about a career in health or science.
  • be a resident of Mississippi.

How much does it cost? $2,400

  • The program fee includes online tuition, 1 week of housing, textbooks, and an application fee.
  • Food costs and weekend travel expenses are variable and not included in the program fee.
  • Additional cost information is available online at

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

Are you ready to apply? Here’s how!

  • Complete the student portion of the application. Find it at
  • Ask one of your teachers to write a recommendation letter.
  • Ask your teacher to forward the application and recommendation lette to your guidance counselor.
  • Your counselor will need to attach your ACT scores and an official transcript and mail or email the completed application packet postmarked no later than March 31, 2021.

“Those who can should. RMS showed me that I CAN.” -Sonya Shipley, M.D., Family Medicine, RMS Class of 1999

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.

M1343 (150-01-21) • Produced by Agricultural Communications.

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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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