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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 Heritage College faculty and upper-level medical students.

What will my time demands be?

Summer Scholars is a residential program, meaning that you'll be housed in a residence hall on the Athens campus. The expectation is that you will be on campus Monday through Sunday and be available for evening and weekend study sessions with other Summer Scholars participants and/or your teaching assistant. The program is essentially a five-week medical school interview, so you will want to make yourself available and take advantage of all the opportunities that the program provides. Working full or part time while in Summer Scholars is not advisable.  

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 $7,480 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. We are in the process of moving to a new building, so please email letters of recommendation and transcripts to us at OU-HCOM@ohio.edu

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?

Possibly. If you are currently applying for fall medical school entry and your medical school application file is complete, then we can accept those letters of recommendation for your Summer Scholars application. If you are applying for fall medical school entry and your file is not complete, we will need to evaluate your letters to make sure they are meeting our general requirements.

If you are not currently applying for fall entry into medical school, you will need to supply us with two letters of recommendation from natural science faculty who taught you in class for a grade. Ideally, these letters will speak to your ability to benefit from Summer Scholars, in addition to your academic and non-academic preparedness for medical school.

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 late-March.

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