About the Program
MUSC and Charleston School of Law students interested in exploring complex social, political, and human issues of broad interest to healthcare professionals and biomedical researchers are invited to apply to become a Presidential scholar.
The Scholars Program is a yearlong interprofessional experience in a format that maximizes student participation and interaction with selected faculty scholars from each college.
All colleges will be represented based on eligibility
Student Application Instructions
Who can apply?
Any interested student enrolled at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the Charleston School of Law (CSL) who in good academic standing may apply to the Dr. Raymond S. Greenberg Presidential Scholars Program. However, due to the demands of the program on students' time, we will not be accepting rising 4th year medical students.
Application and required material must be submitted online no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on the first Friday of March each year. Completed applications include the following required material – the applicant’s 1. statement of interest, 2. CV/Resume, 3. transcript, and 4. letter(s) of support (LOS). Applicants upload required documents 1-3 as a single PDF in the online application system. An applicant’s LOS must also be submitted online by the LOS writer.
A selection committee of current Faculty Scholars, Student Scholars, Fellows (immediate past Student Scholars), and the PSP Director will review applications. Approximately 50 students will be selected each year and invited to participate. The selection decisions will be made in early April.
A. Good Academic Standing
- A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher is required for acceptance to the Presidential Scholars Program (PSP)
- BSN students who started the program in January may apply without a MUSC G.P.A. with Dean's Office approval
- Students should not be on academic probation or have academic deficiencies
B. Statement of Interest
- Students will submit an essay describing why they are interested in the Presidential Scholars Program and what unique experiences or qualities they would bring to the program
- Statement should not exceed one page with 12-point Arial or Times New Roman font
C. Letter of Support
- Submit a maximum of two (2) letters of support
- One (1) letter must be from a faculty member at your current university, on official letterhead, and include the faculty member’s position/title, rank, and departmental affiliation
- Letters should comment on the applicant's interest in the program, accomplishments and personal characteristics that support the application
- Address the letter of support to the Presidential Scholars Program Selection Committee
- (unofficial acceptable; must be based on most recent Fall semester)
E. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
- Not to exceed two pages
Criteria for selection include but are not limited to:
- Demonstrated service to the MUSC or the Charleston School of Law and/or the larger Charleston community by exemplifying strong character, integrity, and leadership skills.
- Demonstrated characteristics of empathy, awareness, commitment to the development of self and others, and community improvement.
- Commitment to diversity and inclusion in both personal and professional capacities.
- Commitment to working in an interprofessional environment, having respect for disciplines other than your own which all contribute to the health and wellness of our patients and communities.
- Potential for future leadership in the broader context of research, healthcare, or community betterment, specifically for underserved populations.
Faculty Application Instructions
One faculty member from each academic area may serve as a faculty scholar. Faculty serve for three years.
Dr. Raymond S. Greenberg Presidential Scholars Program Goals
To help students:
- Engage in a challenging and provocative dialogue on issues related to health care
- Develop appreciation for other disciplines
- Understand the impact of interprofessional collaboration on patient care
- Appreciate the complexities of difficult human and social issues
- Gain greater insight into the nature of ongoing change in health care
- Understand and appreciate divergent views
- Heighten awareness of their own values in the context of their professional responsibilities
- Learn to use new ideas and sources of knowledge to establish creative lifelong learning patterns
Characteristics of Faculty Scholars
- Interest in interprofessional education and broad issues transcending professional boundaries
- Demonstrated ability to relate well to students and facilitate student led group learning
- Demonstrated interest in and experiences related to the goals of the Scholars Program
- Ability to fulfill the requirements of the program
- All applications and required material must be submitted online no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on the first Friday of March each year. Completed applications include the following required material – the applicant’s 1. statement of interest, 2. CV, and 3. letter of support (LOS). Applicants upload required documents 1-3 as a single PDF in the online application system. An applicant’s LOS must also be submitted online by the LOS writer. Any interested faculty member may apply to become a Faculty Scholar.
- With the application, faculty must submit a CV, statement of interest, and support letter from a current or past Scholar, Scholar Faculty, or Dean.
- A committee of current Presidential Scholar Faculty will review the applications and the selection will be made in early April.
Description of Application Materials
Faculty statement of interest should not exceed one page with 12-point Arial or Times New Roman font and include the reasons for wanting to be involved in the Program and any special experiences that may uniquely qualify them.
Support letters should comment on the nominee’s interest in the program and unique accomplishments and personal characteristics that address the desired characteristics of a faculty scholar. Address the letter of support to the Presidential Scholars Program Selection Committee, on official letterhead, and include the writer’s position/title, rank, and departmental affiliation.