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Sommer Scholars


How do I apply to the Hopkins Sommer Scholars Program?

There is no separate application process for the Sommer Scholarship. If you are interested in a Sommer Scholarship, you must apply to and be accepted by the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the Bloomberg School.

Those interested in being considered for the Hopkins Sommer Scholars Program are invited to address one of the following questions in the personal statement of their application for admission:

  • How have you taken advantage of the leadership development opportunities you have had, and how have they shaped you?
  • What is the most significant achievement so far in your life?

I want to earn a Master of Health Science (MHS) or a Master of Science (MSc) degree. Can I become a Sommer Scholar?

No. To be considered for a Sommer Scholarship, you must be admitted as a full-time student to the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the Bloomberg School.

What’s the application deadline?

The MPH program application deadline is noted on the School’s website. We recommend strongly that you make every effort to submit your completed application along with all the required supporting documents well before the deadline. Only completed applications can be reviewed, and only then can accepted students be considered for a Sommer Scholarship.

What happens after I have submitted my application?

The MPH Office will review your application. If you are accepted for admission to the Bloomberg School, the MPH program may consider you for a Sommer Scholarship.

What criteria are used to evaluate Sommer Scholar nominees?

There are no set criteria such as minimum GRE scores, grade point averages, or letters of recommendation. Successful candidates have excellent academic backgrounds and have demonstrated their ability to make an impact in the field of public health.

When will I know if I’ve been accepted as a Sommer Scholar?

MPH students who are accepted as Sommer Scholars will be notified in mid-March.

What kinds of people become Sommer Scholars?

Sommer Scholars have innate leadership skills in diverse areas including, but not necessarily limited to, public health. The program welcomes students from all backgrounds who want to make a difference by leveraging their previous professional experience to shape the public health policy of the future. Sommer Scholars may be writers, doctors, lawyers, scientists, politicians, business executives, journalists, engineers, financial analysts, economists and others who want to make a difference in the world and are seeking the tools to do so effectively.

What will be expected of me as a Sommer Scholar?

Sommer Scholars must remain full-time students in good standing, participate in the Sommer Scholars Enrichment Program and conduct themselves in a way that brings credit to the Bloomberg School, Johns Hopkins University, and the Sommer Scholars Program.

Where can I find more information about the application process?

Go to the Bloomberg School’s Admissions website.