Junior Pathways to Success Program

The Junior Pathways to Success Program (J-PAWS) is a partnership between MedOpp Advising Program housed in Fellowships and Advanced Studies on main campus and the University of Missouri School of Medicine. The program’s objective is to assist first generation, socioeconomically disadvantaged and historically underrepresented in medicine undergraduate Mizzou students on their path to a career in medicine. The program provides students with support through various means designed to assist in building a well-rounded candidacy. Successful program participants will begin creating a competitive medical school application and have the opportunity to apply for the PAWS Pre-Admission Program.

J-PAWS participants will receive:

  • Tutoring and academic support
  • Informational workshops and one-on-one advisement
  • Schedule planning
  • Research opportunities
  • Access to healthcare and volunteer experiences
  • Support to encourage overall Well-Being
  • Opportunity to apply for PAWS Pre-Admission Program

Eligibility Requirements

To apply for the J-PAWS program, you must:

  • Be a graduating high school senior with plans to matriculate full time into Mizzou OR a first year Mizzou student interested in pursuing a career in medicine.
  • Be enrolled full time at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
  • Be at least one of the following:
  • Demonstrate potential for strong academic performance (3.3 minimum cumulative GPA).

Participation Requirements

If you are accepted into the Junior Pathways to Success Program, you will be required to:

  • Attend monthly J-PAWS/PAWS meetings.
  • Attend J-PAWS/PAWS study sessions.
  • Incoming Freshmen: Enroll in the J-PAWS Pre-Med Freshman Interest Group (FIG) and live in the designated residence hall.
  • Participate in MedPrep I offered through the MU School of Medicine.
  • Participate in faculty mentoring/shadowing as outlined by the program.
  • Participate in health care related experiences.
  • Participate in community/volunteer service.
  • Meet with academic and support advisors as outlined by the program.


The entire application must be completed and submitted by 11:59 pm on April 15, 2022. Supplemental materials are due by 11:59 pm on May 19, 2022.

Only completed applications with ALL required supplemental materials will be considered. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all required materials are received. Any application materials submitted after May 19th will not be considered.

Required supplemental materials:

Letter of Recommendation: You must have one letter of recommendation in support of your application. The letter may be from a teacher, professor, administrator, employer, physician, or other professional acquaintance. We highly recommend an individual from a science department or with a background in the sciences. Letters should be sent by the writer to paws@missouri.edu.

High School transcripts: Applicants must request a high school transcript from their high school and have it sent to the Junior Pathways to Success Program. 

Submit transcripts to:

Email: paws@missouri.edu

The deadline for submission of supplemental materials is 11:59 pm on May 19, 2022.

To apply for the J-PAWS program, follow the link below. Applicants can re-enter the application site for 30 days after starting the process. You must re-enter the site using the same computer and internet browser. After 30 days the application will be deleted if not submitted. To facilitate the completion of your application you will need the following information available. You can complete some of the required information in a Word document and copy and paste into the application.

  • Contact information, including your school ID and school and personal email addresses
  • Parental information (address, educational background, occupation, household income)
  • High school cumulative GPA (unweighted) and class rank
  • A list of high school honors courses, if applicable
  • A list of all high school honors and awards
  • College credits earned in high school (college/university, department and course number, title of course, grades and credit hours received); this Information is needed for each course you received college credit.
  • Activity participation: List up to 10 activities (name of activity, dates of participation, total hours, organization name, location, brief activity description with 125 word limit). Activity types include: Work, Extracurricular Activities, International Experiences, Sports, Volunteer, Research and Medical-Related Activities.
  • You will choose 3 of your listed activities that were particularly meaningful and describe that in the space provided. 125 word limit.
  • The name, title and department of one recommender who will write a Letter of Recommendation for your application.
  • Three Essays:
    • Please write a personal statement explaining why you are interested in pursuing a career in medicine. (500 word limit)
    • The Junior Pathways to Success Program encourages an environment of peer support, mentorship and inclusion among its participants. What are some concrete ways/examples in which you have provided peer support, mentorship and/or inclusion among those around you? (250 word limit)
    • The Junior Pathways to Success Program offers a variety of experiences. What do you specifically hope to gain by participating in the Program? (250 word limit)

Applications are due by 11:59 pm April 15, 2022.

The Junior Pathways to Success Program application will be available February 7, 2022.

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Please send all questions to paws@missouri.edu