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Applications for the 2019 OsteoCHAMPS Rural Scholarship Program is now open. The Michigan Center for Rural Health provides five full-tuition scholarships for high school students from rural Michigan. Application deadline is March 1, 2019.

Send a high school student from your community to Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine for a health science summer immersion program! “Everything about OsteoCHAMPS is amazing,” said one attendee from the Upper Peninsula. “The experiences I had and people I met will truly stay with me for the rest of my life,” said another.

The intent of the rural scholarship program is to increase the number of rural high school students in Michigan who select health care as their profession of choice and to assist in the pre-professional preparation of those interested in the health sciences. The cost of this one-week program is $1,500 per student. The Michigan Center for Rural Health (MCRH) provides full scholarships for up to five qualified rural applicants.

OsteoCHAMPS is an innovative pre-college enrichment program to help capable young high school students pursue careers in nursing, allied health and medicine. The student spends eight days in a structured environment on the campus of Michigan State University. While on campus with tutors and mentors, the student studies biology, anatomy and chemistry. In addition to improving their knowledge of science, they enhance their study skills, increase motivation and develop leadership qualities.

In order to be eligible for the program, applicants must be entering the 11th or 12th grade in the fall of 2019 with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and pledge to abide by all rules and regulations of Michigan State University, the Housing Facility and OsteoCHAMPS Program.

It’s never too early to work with your high school to identify a student from your community who is interested in health science as a career. Learn about the OsteoCHAMPS program at www.com.msu.edu/OsteoCHAMPS. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2019.

If you have any questions please contact Rachel Ruddock, workforce development manager, at 517‑355‑7758 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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