Ambassador Program Overview

The STAHR Ambassador Program supports current UMKC graduate and professional students of all years pursuing health careers at the School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, and School of Pharmacy. The Ambassador Program aims to equip students with the knowledge and resources necessary for success within their programs and professions.

Participating in the Ambassador Program is free. The Ambassador Program runs from September through April. Student Ambassadors are encouraged to participate each year they are enrolled at a UMKC health professional school, and will greatly benefit from the strengthened connections with peers and mentors.

First-Time Ambassadors ∇

Students in the Ambassador Program begin participating during the first year of their graduate or professional degrees in the UMKC Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, and Pharmacy. Through a combination of activities, First-Time Ambassadors will develop a strong foundation to overcome the challenges they may face in their academic programs and future health careers.

First-Time Ambassadors participate in the following experiences:

  • Attend monthly workshops to learn and develop pertinent skills, like overcoming imposter syndrome and academic success strategies
  • Receive group mentoring and support from faculty, current health professionals, and upper-year students
  • Engage and learn from others in interdisciplinary experiences
  • Create and expand professional network connections

First-Time Ambassadors who successfully meet program expectations will be eligible to receive a scholarship.

Returning Ambassadors ∇

Following participation in the First-Time Ambassador Program experience, students in their second, third, and fourth+ years of their graduate or professional degrees in the UMKC Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, and Pharmacy can return as Ambassadors to continue their experience. After developing the foundational skills for success as a First-Time Ambassador, Returning Ambassadors will receive individualized support as they progress through their academic programs.

Returning Ambassadors participate in the following experiences:

  • Receive one-on-one mentoring and support from a faculty member or current health professional
  • Establish goals and pathways to success
  • Receive opportunities and sponsorships for personal and professional development, like research, publications, conferences, and networking experiences

 

Participant Expectations

Students in the Ambassador Program must:

  • Attend all Ambassador Program sessions and activities as an attentive and engaged learner
  • Accept the challenges in developing personally and professionally
  • Maintain good academic standing
  • Foster a community of respect, trust, and support

 

Eligibility

All students in the Ambassador Program must meet the following criteria:

  • Current UMKC student enrolled in a graduate or professional program in the School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, or School of Pharmacy*
    • First-Time Ambassadors: Preference given to students in the first year of their graduate or professional program (Year 3 for BA/MD students).
    • Returning Ambassadors: Must have participated as a STAHR Ambassador in a previous year.
  • Availability to participate in Ambassador Program activities from September through April
    • First-Time Ambassadors: Workshops will take place one Saturday per month from 9:00am-12:00pm at the UMKC Health Sciences Campus
    • Returning Ambassadors: Mentoring will take place twice per semester based on the schedules of the mentee and mentor
    • In-person activities subject to change based on COVID-19 restrictions
  • **Economically disadvantaged OR ***educationally disadvantaged
  • United States Citizen OR Permanent Resident

*Due to federal grant specifications, students interested in pursuing nursing careers are not eligible for this program because nursing is not designated in Section 739 of the Public Health Service Act, which funds this program.

**Per HRSA, “Economically Disadvantaged” is determined by having an annual family income that does not exceed 200% of the U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines.

***Per HRSA, “Educationally Disadvantaged” is determined by an environment that has inhibited students from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to enroll in & graduate from a health professions school.

Questions About Eligibility

STAHR looks at several different criteria to determine eligibility. We encourage all interested students to apply to have their eligibility reviewed.

 

Application Process

Students applying as First-Time Ambassadors and Returning Ambassadors will complete the same application form.

Requirements

To be considered, the following must be completed prior to the deadline:

  • STAHR Ambassador Online Application
    • The application is not considered “completed” until the final Submit button has been clicked. After successfully submitting, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address provided in the application.
  • If not a United States Citizen – A copy of your Permanent Residence Card (Green Card). You may attach a copy of your card through the upload spaces in the application or emailed to stahr@umkc.edu.

Deadline

ALL application materials must be submitted by September 25, 2022 at 11:59pm CST.
 

Selection

Students who meet the eligibility requirements and complete all application materials will undergo a committee review for selection. This committee will review all information about the applicant and determine suitability for the program.

In general, successful applicants:

  • Understand and commit to fulfilling all expectations and program requirements
  • Demonstrate a strong interest and connection to the benefits of the program

To maximize the resources for each student, STAHR will be accepting a limited number of First-Time Ambassadors:

  • 10 students from the School of Dentistry
  • 10 students from the School of Medicine
  • 10 students from the School of Pharmacy

The number of Returning Ambassadors able to be accepted is dependent on the number of professionals serving as mentors.

Students will be notified of their acceptance by September 28.