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Saint Luke Pre-Medicine Pathways Scholarship

Our Mission

At Marian University, we offer the Saint Luke Pre-Medicine Pathways Program. Inspired by the patron saint of doctors and surgeons, this program trains students aspiring to a career in medicine. In the third Gospel, Saint Luke emphasizes Christ's compassion for those who suffer. Accordingly, this program, rooted in the Franciscan values, is dedicated to preparing students committed to service through compassion in the field of healthcare.

This competitive scholarship supports incoming freshman students as they navigate their undergraduate education. In addition to financial support, students awarded the Saint Luke Pre-Medicine Pathways Scholarship will participate in co-curricular programming--including shadowing, internships, and workshops--to become distinctive and qualified applicants to medical programs nationwide.


As a Saint Luke scholar, we will help you establish yourself as a future healthcare provider. Both in and out of the classroom, you will have the opportunity to explore many growth opportunities, supporting student development as a holistic individual in the Franciscan tradition. Participation in these experiences will aid in a successful application to medical schools:

  • Rigorous coursework: Students may select any major of their interest, although we recommend a major prioritizing STEM courses; we will work with students to ensure all necessary prerequisite coursework is completed in a timely manner. In alignment with Marian University's liberal arts tradition, Saint Luke Scholars will be expected to complete a minor emphasizing the humanities, global studies, or an approved field.
  • Seminar series: Participate in a dedicated seminar series detailing careers in the health professions and timelines and guidance for professional school applications.
  • Mentoring: With increased access to our College of Osteopathic Medicine, enjoy a community of pre-med and medical school scholars.
  • Paid research opportunities: Take advantage of independent research opportunities with many of our skilled faculty, including those in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, or our College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Shadowing and Internships: Participate in shadowing or receive academic credit for completing an internship in a thriving urban setting.
  • Self-evaluation: Complete a portfolio and periodic self-evaluations as you progress through the program.


The Saint Luke Pre-Medicine Pathways Program includes three competitive tracks to which students can apply.

  • Direct Admit Osteopathic Scholars: This most competitive scholarship provides a pathway for direct admission into the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Students will complete an undergraduate degree at Marian University. Upon successful completion of degree and scholarship requirements, students are guaranteed admission to the College of Osteopathic Medicine. (Requires a minimum high school GPA of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale.)
  • Master's Scholars: In this pathway, students complete a 5-year program with a Bachelor's degree in a STEM field followed by a Master's degree in Biomedical Science (BMS) with research. Students successfully completing this pathway will receive an MCAT exemption waiver for their application to the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. (Requires a minimum high school GPA of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale.)
  • Health Professions Scholars: Upon successful completion of the scholarship program, students are guaranteed an interview at the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine and receive a decision earlier in their undergraduate studies. (No minimum high school GPA.)


To apply, students should be committed to a career serving others through the health professions. To be successful within the program, students should prioritize academics and intellectual curiosity, as demonstrated by meeting the stated minimum GPA requirements.

  • Apply for admission to Marian University by November 15th of your senior year in high school.
  • Complete the Saint Luke Pre-Medicine Scholarship Application no later than December 1st.
    • The Application includes two short essay questions to evaluate student interest and commitment to a career in healthcare.
    • The Application includes a request for contact information for a letter of recommendation from an educator, guidance counselor, or a professional familiar with the students interests, strengths, and weaknesses.

Upon review of your application, you will be notified of the next steps in the application process. Once accepted, students will be provided with more information about student orientation and preparing for fall classes.


As a High School Student:

  1. Sign-up to be recruited for the Saint Luke Scholarship Program
  2. Schedule an official visit to Marian University's campus

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