About DC HAPP
DC Health and Academic Prep Program (DC HAPP) is a four-week pre-college matriculation program coordinated by the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion for Washington, DC rising high school seniors and juniors who demonstrate an interest in pursuing a health career. Working directly with medical students, public health students, physicians, and other medical professionals, DC HAPP scholars learn about various medical professions as possible career paths, participate in college preparatory activities, and are mentored through the college application process.
DC HAPP aims to:
- Identify, recruit, and nurture talented students from the District of Columbia Public School system, primarily those from backgrounds that are underrepresented in medicine, who have an interest in pursuing careers in the health professions.
- Establish linkages between students and health care providers and scientists including but not limited to physicians, physician assistants, nurses, physical therapists and those in medical research.
- Develop strategies which provide continuing support and resources for program scholars in order for them to achieve post-secondary academic success leading to professional careers in the health care field.
- Build sustainable mentor/mentee relationships that aid scholars in long-term academic and professional success in the health care field.
Scholars will earn a $2000 stipend after successful completion of the four-week program. **
**Scholars who do not fully attend or participate in DC HAPP activities may have stipend amounts reduced. Disorderly conduct, substance use, bullying behaviors, and other forms of non-compliance will not be tolerated. Scholars in violation of the DC HAPP Code of Conduct will be asked to leave the program and will not receive the DC HAPP scholar stipend.