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College-Credit Program for High School Students

Pathways is a program for high school students who would like to explore careers in health care and the sciences. Freshmen through senior-level high school students are eligible to apply. It introduces students to the basics of the scientific research process and pairs them with a mentor as they conduct a small research project.

Pathway students are enrolled in a college class, which meets for seven Saturday mornings between September and May and concludes with a science festival poster presentation.Upon completion, they receive three hours of college credit through a tuition grant from Saint Luke’s College of Health Science.

Pathways is also an opportunity to meet new friends who are also  interested in learning about research and how to plan for college.

  • Earn 3 hours of college credit from Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences
  • Learn how to conduct a research study
  • Work with a college mentor
  • Explore careers in health care
  • Prepare for college
  • Enter your research project at the Science Festival
  • Learn how to pay for college and how to apply
  • Add the Pathways to Health and Science Education Program to your resume
  • Each accepted applicant receives a tuition grant, so there is no charge for the program

There are four components to Pathways including activities for students and special sessions for parents:

  1. Future Health Sciences Student Academy: Attend seven Saturday morning classes (9 a.m. to noon).
  2. Student Research/Practicum Initiative: Work with a mentor to conduct a small-scale research project and/or project.
  3. Science Fest: Make a presentation of your project at the Pathways Science Festival attended by family and friends.
  4. College-Parent Education Series: Parents and guardians participate in three, preparing-for-college information sessions at breakfast meetings with College administrators and staff.

Important 2019-2020 Program Dates

Program Orientation and Student/Parent Workshop — Saturday, September 21, 2019, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 

Student Workshop — October 12, 2019, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 

Student Workshop — November 9, 2019, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Student Workshop — February 22, 2020, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 

Student Workshop — March 14, 2020, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Student Workshop — April 11, 2020, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 

Student Workshop — May 2, 2020, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Closing Science Fest (Families Welcome) — Saturday May 16, 2020, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

There is no cost to attend. However, you must commit to attending and participating in all program sessions and completing all assignments and activities. You will receive a grade, as well as college credit for this course.  

1. Application: Complete and submit an application and return it by the August 31, 2019.

Email to or mail to

ATTN: Pathways to Health and Science Education Program
Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences
624 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO  64111

2. Application Letter: Compose a one-page letter indicating why you are interested in participating in the program.


3. Parent Letter: Have a parent or guardian write a letter of support for your participation including their willingness to provide transportation for you to and from the College and their commitment to attend at least two of the three College-Parent Educational Sessions.


4. Recommendation Letter: Provide one letter of recommendation from a teacher, school counselor, or community/volunteer organization.

The Pathways Program was created in 2017 through a partnership between Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences and the Colombian Cultural Association in Kansas City.


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