The Summer Bridge Scholars program provides an academically rigorous summer experience to incoming first-year college students to prepare them for a successful college career at UMKC.

About the Summer Bridge Scholars Program

Summer Bridge Scholars engage in a rigorous and intensive eight-week program. In addition to their courses, scholars participate in programming related to professional development, career exploration, cultural enrichment, team-building, campus involvement, mentorship, academic skill-building and civic engagement.

Learn how to become a Summer Bridge Scholar

Benefits of Becoming a Summer Bridge Scholar

Through this experience, Summer Bridge Scholars are better prepared to enter college and also develop a sense of connectedness to the UMKC campus and the larger Kansas City community.

2021 Summer Bridge Scholars Program Details

The Summer Bridge Scholars program will offer both online and on-campus components. The entire eight week program will run from June 7, 2021 to July 30, 2021.

Online program (June 7 - June 25)
Students will participate in the first three weeks of the program virtually. Students will participate in engaging and interactive online programming from 9AM-5PM Monday-Friday during these three weeks. While many of the activities will be computer-based, please know that students will not be stationed at a screen for the full eight hours each day.

On-campus program (June 28 - July 30)
Students who successfully complete the first three weeks of the online program with a 90% or higher attendance rate will transition to the last five weeks of the program, which will be an on-campus experience. Students will reside in the residence hall, be enrolled in two courses, and participate in academic support programming from 9AM-5PM Monday-Friday during these five weeks. (Note: Optional weekend activities will be offered during the last five weeks of the program).

Academic preparedness

Scholars will have the unique opportunity to enroll in two five-week summer courses that fulfill degree requirements, to give them a head start on their first year of coursework at UMKC.

Each student's course enrollment will be determined in consultation with their academic advisor. Because each course is selected based on the student's major, courses will vary. The Summer Bridge Scholars program coordinator will communicate these options with scholars. Each Summer Bridge Scholar will finish the summer session with at least four college credits.

To ensure academic success, each scholar will participate in academic support services including Supplemental Instruction, Writing Studio and UMKC Tutoring.

Cultural enrichment

Students will gain knowledge of diverse cultures, cross-cultural communication, the dynamics of privilege and oppression, and the uses of power between groups. They will develop and explore their own competence regarding the dimensions of difference, especially as it relates to others in their communities. Students will gain knowledge about notable historical and political figures in the Kansas City community. Finally, students will be challenged to examine their own perceptions about the history and influence of people of color in the Kansas City community.

Professional development

Scholars will be introduced to the resources provided by UMKC Career Services. Students will learn professional networking skills, interview strategies and resume building through seminars and interactive activities. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in networking events over the summer and connect with an on-campus professional mentor.

Peer mentoring

Scholars will spend be placed into a smaller cohort with other scholars and be paired with a peer mentor, who will be a current UMKC student or recent graduate. Each week, scholars will engage in group team-building sessions as well as one-to-one mentoring sessions. Peer mentors will provide scholars with engaging workshops on topics such as balancing academic and social life, the importance of student involvement on campus, practicing self-care, communication skills, time management and organization, setting boundaries with family members, accessing community resources, and campus navigation.

For questions regarding the Summer Bridge Scholars program, email program coordinator Megan Elsen or call 816-235-1178.