Preparing Diverse Health Care Leaders for the Future
The Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP), including both KU and KU Medical Center campuses, is a special and unique opportunity for academically well-prepared undergraduate students. The KU Medical Center MSP programs in health professions and nursing are extensions of the KU-Lawrence MSP programs.
As an MSP scholar, you join a community of students and academic professionals, including administrators and professors whose goal it is to facilitate your academic and career success. As an MSP scholar you may also be eligible to receive a scholarship.
Timeframe for Health Professions & Nursing Students
Students apply for the KUMC Multicultural Scholars Programs in health professions and nursing once they have been accepted to the professional undergraduate program (usually spring of the sophomore year). The MSP facilitates the experiences outlined below and provides a $500 scholarship per academic semester until graduation, provided that the student meets ongoing expectations of the program in terms of academic achievement and program participation.
The KUMC Multicultural Scholars Program is open to undergraduate health professions (including clinical laboratory science, cytotechnology, respiratory care, and health information management) and nursing students who represent underrepresented groups at KU (e.g., African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Indigenous students, first-generation college students, or students with high financial need as defined by Pell Grant eligibility). Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and accepted to a School of Health Professions program or have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and been accepted to a School of Nursing program. Applicants must either be U.S. citizens or have been granted U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident status.
Students must be committed to rigorous academic work and be willing to be engaged in a variety of activities that are designed to not only support their academic aspirations but develop other aspects of their undergraduate experience.
Names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of two teachers as references
A two-page essay
Financial aid information, if applicable (copy of SAR or KU Financial Aid Award Letter)
Multicultural Scholars are expected to:
Attend all class meetings for all classes, including clinical classes
Attend all monthly group meetings
Meet individually with the program director on a regular basis
Meet with the faculty advisor before making any changes in enrollment
Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 each semester
Fulfill other obligations as specified in the program agreement, including attendance of occasional events in Lawrence.
Acceptance of Agreement
Students are required to acknowledge they will adhere to the guidelines and high expectations that your specific MSP has established. It also verifies that you clearly understand that the academic component is only a part of the overall emphasis of the program to your success. There is a social and professional leadership emphasis which is also integral to your personal growth.
Finally, this agreement confirms recipients understand they will be expected to demonstrate what it means to be a role model and leader in your professional field of study. You are expected to conduct yourself with the utmost respect for others as a member of the MSP. In essence, you have a role and responsibility to make every effort to fulfill your obligation to be the best student possible.