Early Assurance Scholars Program
Designed for motivated, academically talented, undergraduate students interested in pursuing an MD degree at the Quillen College of Medicine.
The Honors College at ETSU and the Quillen College of Medicine collaborate to offer a competitive, experiential-learning based medical school Early Assurance Program (EAP). Offering ETSU undergrads the opportunity to smoothly transition from undergraduate to med school studies and secure a spot in the Quillen Collge of Medicine earlier in their education. The Honors College-Quillen College of Medicine EAP is not an accelerated or fast-track program to medical school. Combined with undergraduate coursework and medical school, the selected students will complete both the undergraduate and medical school programs of study separately.
Five entering Honors College freshmen (and three alternates) are selected into the Early Assurance Program each year. Admission is highly competitive and based on a holistic review of application materials and an interview with the selection committee. The committee considers an applicant’s ACT score, GPA, extra- and co-curricular activities, desire to engage in experiential-learning programs and activities at ETSU, and the applicant’s sense of purpose as well as fit for medical school. The program provides a $2,500 scholarship per year (for up to four years) that may be stacked on top of other scholarship awards. It also provides funding for a required study abroad program, for summer programs, and for research activities.
Alternates will be provided the same funding and educational experiences, though will not be granted guaranteed admission to the Quillen College of Medicine. However, they will still take part in an educational program designed to make them highly competitive for admission to medical school.
The program seeks to welcome its first cohort to ETSU in Fall 2022 and see them enter the Quillen College of Medicine in Summer 2026.