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Summer Bridge Scholars


The UMKC 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. In addition to earning college credit and improving their academic skills, Summer Bridge Scholars will develop a sense of connectedness to the UMKC campus and the larger Kansas City community.

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 head start 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 fulfill degree requirements and give them a jumpstart on their first year of coursework at UMKC. Each Summer Bridge Scholar 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 have included:
- 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

Exploring UMKC

Students will gain exposure to academic disciplines and the career opportunities available to graduates in their degree programs. They will receive tours and meet with representatives from a number of departments and programs from both UMKC campuses.

Contact Information

Megan Elsen
Summer Bridge Scholars Program Coordinator
Atterbury Student Success Center, Room 201 (2nd Floor)

5000 Holmes Street

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


  • Megan Elsen
    Summer Bridge Scholars Program Coordinator
    Room 201 Atterbury Student Center
    Phone: 816-235-1178