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Summer Bridge Scholars


The UMKC Summer Bridge Scholars program offers a unique opportunity to incoming first-year students to help them transition more smoothly from high school to college, providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a peek into life at UMKC and in the Kansas City community. This scholarship opportunity can help provide a strong start to the first year at UMKC.

Please click the topics below for more information about each aspect of the program.

Living/Learning Community

Summer Bridge Scholars will be living together in one of UMKC's residence halls and learning together, taking classes and participating in events and activities as a cohort. This provides students with a jumpstart in developing relationships and a campus network of support that is vital to becoming an engaged and successful UMKC student.

Academic Preparedness

Scholars will have the unique opportunity to enroll in summer courses that that are tailored to their individual needs in college-level mathematics, writing, and reading. This means that each Summer Bridge scholarship recipient will finish the summer session with up to 6 college credits.

Cultural Enrichment Activities

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 with regards to the dimensions of difference, especially as it relates to others in their communities. Students will gain knowledge about notable historical and political figures in Kansas City community. Finally, they will be challenged to examine their own perceptions about the history and influence of people of color in the Kansas City community.

Past weekend activities:
- History of Segregation Tour in Kansas City
- Exploring Southwest Blvd.
- Kansas City Royals Game
- 18th and Vine Guided Bus Tour

Professional Development

Scholars will be introduced to the resources provided by UMKC Career Services. Students learn professional networking skills, interview strategies, and resume building through weekly workshops and fieldtrips to some of Kansas City's leading industry partners.

Past professional fieldtrips include:
- Black and Veatch
- The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
- Cerner Corporation

Financial Literacy

This is a workshop series designed around the key financial concerns for college students. Staff from UMKC's Financial Aid and Scholarships and the Office of Financial Literacy will help students to navigate the many financial questions that arise for first-time college students.

Exploring UMKC

Students will gain exposure to academic disciplines and the career doors that their UMKC degrees will open. They will receive tours and meet with representatives from a number of departments and programs from both UMKC campuses.

Contact Information

Academic Support and Mentoring
Summer Bridge Scholars Program Coordinator
Room 201 Atterbury Student Center

5000 Holmes

Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: 816-235-1178


  • Academic Support and Mentoring
    Summer Bridge Scholars Program Coordinator
    Room 201 Atterbury Student Center
    Phone: 816-235-1178