For many lower income students, going to college might seem like an unreachable dream. Thankfully, a $50,000 donation from UW Health and Unity Health Insurance to Madison College will provide scholarships to under-represented youth to help them get on the right path toward a health care career.
High school students who complete the Health Occupations and Professions Exploration (HOPE), a one-day program held twice a year, followed by a summer internship at UW Health will be eligible. In the program, high school students are paired with undergraduate mentors who lead the students through research of health careers. During the internship some activities include participating in panels conducted by health care professionals, using sonography equipment, looking at histology slides, and attempting CPR procedures on patient simulators. Job shadowing, meeting with professionals and receiving advice on their academic and career goals are also part of this opportunity.
HOPE students come from a variety of organizations including AVID/TOPS, Boys and Girls Club, UW People Program, Information Technology Academy (ITA) and Centro Hispano. Other participating organizations include: Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin, Middle College, the Urban League of Greater Madison and Mann Scholars.
Since 2013, HOPE has had more than 900 high school students and mentors combined, and in 2015, 60 students completed an internship working in clinical health care areas.
Thanks to Madison College, UW Health/Unity Health Insurance, and HOPE, students pursuing health care will have the opportunity to attend higher education.