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Description

The CU Pre-Health Scholars Program (CUPS) is an academic enrichment and support program designed to motivate first-generation college-bound students to graduate from high school successfully, complete a college preparatory curriculum, pursue a college education and matriculate into a professional health career program or graduate school program.

This program focuses on academic preparation for students considering future careers in the health fields through rich mentoring, focused lessons, and field trips. High school students begin the program as a cohort, with each cohort (i.e. freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior) focusing on a different academic theme that will supplement their learning. This combination of teaching and mentoring allows for an engaging, hands-on academic experience that will develop confidence and a support system for their journey into higher education and beyond.


Mission

CUPS has been established to provide assistance to students throughout their high school years to adequately prepare them to enter the college of their choice when they graduate. Therefore, students selected to participate in the CUPS program will be expected to remain active participants throughout their high school years. Our main goal is to provide a seamless pathway to professional and graduate school admissions for individuals who have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education, and to ensure that no students falls through the cracks that might otherwise exist in the pipeline.


Participation Timeline

Accepted CUPS applicants must participate in all program activities throughout the duration of their high school years. On one Saturday of each month, scholars will participate in academies held on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Freshman, sophomore, and junior CUPS scholars will also participate in a summer program. An outline of CUPS activities for each cohort is below.

Freshman CUPS Scholars
January – May: Attend monthly Saturday Academy meetings
June/July: Participate in a one-week summer program

Sophomore CUPS Scholars
January – May: Attend monthly Saturday Academy meetings
June/July: Participate in a two-week summer program

Junior CUPS Scholars
August – May: Attend monthly Saturday Academy meetings
June/July: Participate in a five-week summer program

Senior CUPS Scholars
August – May: Attend monthly Saturday Academy meetings
No summer program.


​DUE TO THE HIGH VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS, WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS AS ALL INTERVIEW TIME SLOTS HAVE BEEN FILLED. We appreciate your interest in the program, and encourage you to apply nexy year. 

Program Eligibility

  • Must be a current high school freshman, sophomore, or junior

  • Must be a first-generation college bound student (neither of whose natural or adoptive parent(s) received a baccalaureate degree in the U.S.) ​and/or have the desire to pursue a career in healthcare or a STEM related field

  • Must be a member of a one-parent family and/or have the desire to puruse a career in healthcare or a STEM related field.

  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 currently

  • Must maintain a GPA of 3.0 throughout the duration of their participation in the program


Program Commitment Requirements

CUPS is committed to providing scholars every opportunity to develop their academic skills, succeed in high school, and gain entrance into an institution of higher education. However, scholars will gain the benefit from their experiences and fulfill their educational potential only to the extent that they commit themselves to the goals of the Program and actively participate in its activities. Therefore, the Program will expect participants to:

  1. Commit themselves to active participation in the Program for the duration of their high school years (3.5 year commitment for freshman applicants, 2.5 year commitment for sophomore applicants, 1.5 year commitment for junior applicants).

  2. Attend and involve themselves fully in all program-sponsored activities on the Anschutz Medical Campus

  3. Follow a college preparatory curriculum as prescribed by Program staff and high school counselor.

  4. Cooperate with the Program staff in all program-related matters.

  5. Maintain a 3.0 GPA or greater on CUPS semesterly academic assessments throughout high school years.


Selection Process

Upon submitting an application for the program, evaluation requests will be sent to a high school counselor and two teachers of the applicant’s choosing. Once all three evaluations have been received, the selection committee will begin review of the application.


  • Deadline for freshman interviews is December 8th.

  • ​Final cohort selections will be made by December 15th, 2017 and program activities will begin January 20th, 2018.

 


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