Two high school seniors who participated in the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine Medical Scholars Pipeline Program (MSPP) are college bound with support from a $10k scholarship presented at the Northwell Health 49th Annual Martin Luther King Memorial Celebration held at North Shore University Hospital on Jan. 18, 2019.
Magdalena Mazur, a student at Jamaica Gateway to the Sciences in Queens, and Ayi Agboglo, a student at Uniondale High School in Hempstead, are grateful for the educational support, mentorship, and inspiration provided to them by the Zucker School of Medicine MSPP in their journey to become professionals in science and medicine.
“In my two years of being in the [pipeline] program, I was able to meet a myriad of diverse individuals hailing from their perspective area of medicine,” said Agboglo who is interested in biomedical research and will attend Columbia University in the fall. “Regardless of their different backgrounds and areas of expertise, they all had one thing in common: using their talents to better the lives of others.”
Entering its tenth year, the MSPP at the Zucker School of Medicine is a four-year, four-week summer program that exposes high-achieving minority students from underserved areas in the New York City boroughs and Long Island to healthcare careers with the goal of diversifying the future healthcare workforce. The program was created upon the founding of the Zucker School of Medicine as part of its core mission to build a diverse and inclusive learning community. Over the past two years, the MSPP has expanded to include Northwell’s Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan.
To date, nearly 200 students have participated in the School of Medicine’s MSPP, including rising first-year college students enrolled at prestigious universities such as Dartmouth, Yale, Hofstra, Morehouse, Columbia, and Harvard. MSPP graduates have also enrolled in professional health care schools, three of whom are currently medical students at the Zucker School of Medicine.
For more information about the MSPP at the Zucker School of Medicine, please contact Gina Granger, MSEd, program manager, medical science youth programs, at Gina.Granger@hofstra.edu or visit online at medicine.hofstra.edu.