Summer Scholars Program

2024 Summer Scholars Program Administered by the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Join us: May 28, 2024 - Aug. 2, 2024

Application Period: Dec. 1, 2023 - Feb. 2, 2024


CLICK HERE to apply for the 2024 program. Please review the program requirements and eligibility below before completing the application.

The Houston Methodist Summer Scholars Program Administered by the Office of DEI is a hands-on and immersive 10-week experience designed to broaden the student’s perspective of career possibilities in the health care industry.


Scholars work with their leader during the full time (40 hours per week) program in a non-clinical department to learn more about operations and career opportunities in health care. In addition to working in their assigned departments, the scholars are also able to participate in professional development sessions.


Scholars have the opportunity to explore health care leadership through the lenses of talented professionals working in key departments across Houston Methodist. The program is designed to give students the tools and resources to prepare them for a future serving the evolving needs of the fast-growing patient population of the future. The program also will facilitate the scholars’ professional development through mentorship and expose them to the various fields that comprise the health care system.

Program Requirements

The Houston Methodist Summer Scholars Program requires a full-time commitment for the 10-week duration (May 28–August 2, 2024). Daily attendance is required of each student for a full 8-hour workday, approximately 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for the July 4th holiday. Please review our comprehensive Application Requirement Guide for more information and details about the program.


CLICK HERE to apply for the 2024 program. For further information, please see the "Additional Help" section below.

Program Eligibility

  • Currently enrolled as a full-time student with the completion of at least 60 credit hours by the end of the spring 2024 term. Must be enrolled as a full-time, undergraduate student in the fall 2024 term.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (based on a 4.0 grading scale). Must maintain this average to be eligible for continued enrollment.
  • Only U.S. citizens, Legal Permanent residents and Foreign Nationals who already hold a legal visa status (F-1, J-1, EADs) are eligible to apply to the program.

Additional Help

Application Guidelines

MERLIN Application
Must be completed in full by February 2, 2024


Letter of Intent

500-word letter of intent completed in the MERLIN application portal that includes:

  • A personal statement of interest explaining why you chose Houston Methodist
  • What you expect to gain from your scholarship experience 
  • Reason(s) for interest in specified health-related field


Statement of Financial Need

300-word statement completed in the MERLIN application portal that includes:

  • How this scholarship will impact your financial situation
  • Any supporting documents demonstrating financial need, if available


Resume Detailing the Following:

  • Extracurricular activities in which you participate, or organizations you belong to (church groups, athletics, school, community, etc.)
  • Awards/honors you’ve received
  • Work or volunteer experience
  • Resume must be uploaded to the MERLIN application portal


Transcripts and Recommendations

  • A copy of your most recent official or unofficial academic transcript
  • Letter of verification of current and future enrollment
  • Transcript and letter of verification of enrollment must be uploaded to the MERLIN application portal
  • Two recommendation letters. One must be academic (i.e., teacher or adviser); the other from an employer (current or previous), counselor or mentor you have known for at least six months who is not a relative

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Summer Scholars Program Brochure
Click HERE to view the brochure for program details