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Summer Bridge Scholars

April 6, 2020 UPDATE

Out of an abundance of caution for our university community, due to the rapidly changing information related to COVID-19, the 2020 Summer Bridge Scholars program will be moved to a virtual setting. Students who have been offered the opportunity to participate in the 2020 Summer Bridge Scholars and have questions regarding these changes are invited to email or call 816-235-1178 during business hours.


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

Typically Summer Bridge Scholars live together in UMKC residence halls over the summer; however, with the current situation with COVID-19, 2020 Bridge Scholars will not be residing on campus.


While scholars will not reside on campus, they will still be creating a cohort experience and participating in activities that will ensure they have 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 two summer courses (online) 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 at least 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.


Program staff is working with individuals in the Kansas City community as well as individuals all around the country to ensure that they receive engaging and relevant cultural enrichment programming.

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 seminars and interactive interviewing activities. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in networking events over the summer and connect with an on-campus professional mentor.

Exploring UMKC

Students will still have the opportunity to explore UMKC’s Volker Campus and Health Sciences District in a virtual setting. They will receive individualized tours of campus and meet with representatives from a number of different 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