Admission


How Are Students Nominated?

101_7434Only school principals or guidance counselors are certified to nominate students. Any student who will complete the 10th or 11th grade at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 academic year and who has a 3.25 Cumulative GPA and a 3.5 GPA in the basic sciences is eligible for nomination.

Nomination packets are mailed to school counselors around late September. If your school is not on our mailing list, we would be glad to send them a packet and add them to our mailing list.

School principals or counselors may nominate any current 10th or 11th grader with the required grade point averages. NOTE: Students who have previously attended, and successfully completed JBA will not need to be nominated for STAPH.  We will mail them information about the program.

All nominations must be received on-line or postmarked by January 13, 2017 to qualify for application to STAPH 2017. 

Please contact the Institute for Academic Outreach at 660-785-5406 or tiacademies@truman.edu to receive your Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health Nomination Packet or for any questions regarding GPA requirements.

What if My School Doesn’t Nominate Me?

Some schools are not aware of our program.  If you find out about our program after our deadline, or if your school chooses not to participate in the nomination process, contact our office.  We are happy to send you a nomination packet you can share with school officials.  If this happens after the published nomination deadline, check with our office to see if spaces are still available.

Who is Eligible?

Enrollment for the on-campus Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health experience is limited to 50 students completing the tenth and eleventh grade by June 2017 who meet the qualifications for Distinguished Nominee status for the program. To qualify as a Distinguished Nominee, a student must have a 3.25 cumulative GPA and a 3.5 GPA in the basic sciences. NOTE: Students who have previously attended, and successfully completed, JBA will not need to be nominated for STAPH.   We will mail them information about the program.

101_7431Home School Students: Home school students may be nominated by a parent. Parents will need to supply GPA data as described above and provide the Dean with a copy of the student’s curriculum plan from the last two years. The Dean will handle such students on a case-by-case basis. School Counselors are encouraged to alert home school students in their area about this opportunity.

How Do I Apply?

Distinguished Nominees who are certified as eligible for the final selection process will receive notification in December of their Distinguished Nominee designation, as well as information and application materials for the Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health. Final selection is based on application information, a complete school transcript (two full years), a letter of recommendation from a current teacher, and an essay. Test scores are optional, but may be submitted if the student feels they will strengthen his/her application. Applications are due in the STAPH office postmarked January 30, 2017.

If a student wishes to submit test scores in support of their application they must submit those scores no later than February 17, 2017  for them to be considered as part of the application. A photocopy of these scores is sufficient. Please note: Many, if not most, high schools administer PLAN or PSAT in the Sophomore year. Students coming to STAPH who have previously attended the Joseph Baldwin Academy may choose to submit ACT scores from a previous year. Again, we wish to emphasize that submission of scores is NOT a requirement for the STAPH application in 2016-2017; however, as selection is a competitive process, we welcome any additional information that can aid in our selection.
Do You Accept Late Applicants?

101_7427Students whose applications are postmarked after January 30, 2017  are considered late. Late applications may be accepted until February 17, 2017 on a space-available basis. Late applicants will be mailed a letter acknowledging receipt, but are then set aside while we attempt to place all students who applied on time and handle withdrawals. This process may take until the first payment due date. At that time, we will attempt to place late applicants in any open seats. Admission is competitive, and in some cases we are unable to place all students who apply to STAPH.

How Are Students Evaluated in STAPH?

Approximately two weeks after the end of the session, students will receive a description of the program they completed and an individualized evaluation. The Director and a team of program staff will assess each student’s performance in the program, address their academic strengths and weaknesses, and suggest areas for further academic development. Students and parents may wish to send a copy of the assessment to their own school to be placed in a student’s record.

We believe the primary purpose of attending STAPH should be experiencing the unique intellectual stimulation the program provides. For this and other reasons, including the short duration of the program, the Academy does not offer high school or college credit for courses completed. Students, however, may negotiate with their local school officials for credit or advanced placement.