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Summer Scholars FAQ

Summer Scholars

What is Summer Scholars?

Summer Scholars is a five-week program coordinated by the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Office of Admissions. It is designed to give students a taste of what medical school will be like. The program is facilitated by current the Heritage College faculty and upper-level medical students.

Who is eligible to participate?

Applicants to the program should be members of an underrepresented minority population, economically disadvantaged or educationally disadvantaged.

How do I know if I'm economically disadvantaged?

Follow these guidelines to verify your eligibility:

Low-Income Level*

# of Exemptions

Income (AGI from tax form)

















Add $78,480 for each additional member.

*based on 200% of the poverty guidelines provided by the Division of Student Assistance.

Why do you need my or my parent’s tax information?

Tax information is needed if the only way you qualify for the program is due to economic disadvantage (see above). This information is requested so that we may determine a student’s economic status for participation in the program. All application information will be kept confidential and all tax information will be shredded at the conclusion of the selection process.

How many students are selected each year?

Twenty-four students are selected to participate each year.

Where do I send my application materials?

Most of your application materials can be uploaded via your applicant portal. Letters of recommendation and transcripts can be mailed to the below address or emailed to us at OU-HCOM@ohio.edu

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Admissions Office – Summer Scholars
102 Grosvenor Hall
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

Do I have to take the MCAT to participate in Summer Scholars

No. You will only need to take the MCAT if you wish to take advantage of our guaranteed interview option.

Can I use letters of recommendation from a current medical school application?

No. Because the Summer Scholars program is unique, your letters of recommendation should reflect your application to this specific program, not to medical school in general.

Do I have to be interviewed to participate in Summer Scholars?

No. Selection for participation in Summer Scholars will be based upon your application materials, including letters of recommendation. You will be notified via email or phone if you are selected to participate. The committee plans to have selections made by mid-March.

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