HEMPSTEAD, NY—Five 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 generous scholarships from Northwell Health. The awards were presented at Northwell’s 50th Annual Martin Luther King Memorial Celebration held at North Shore University Hospital on Jan. 17, 2020.
Hailing from Long Island and Queens, New York, this year’s scholarship recipients include Elisha Maynard of Uniondale High School in Uniondale; Marian Carillo and Ameer Webb of Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside; Justin Ranjitsingh of Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows; and Kellie-Anne Blanc of George Washington Carver High School for the Sciences in Springfield Gardens.
A first-generation Haitian-American, Miss Blanc is the first to receive the Women’s Health Scholarship from the Katz Institute for Women’s Health bestowed by Stacey Rosen, MD, professor of cardiology and Katz Institute vice president.
“I haven’t made a decision on which college I am attending, but I am leaning toward either Hofstra University or Hunter College,” said Miss Blanc, an accomplished student-athlete and community activist. “Participation in the MSSP solidified my decision to go into the medical field because, as scholars in the program, we are taught to be the change we want to see in the world. After medical school, I want to begin a project in Haiti that will improve medical care for all people and open up opportunities for the youth in the nation.”
Paving the way to careers in medicine
Entering its eleventh 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 Long Island and the New York City boroughs to healthcare careers. 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. In recent years the MSPP 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, four of whom are current medical students at the Zucker School of Medicine.
The success of the MSPP is why support for underserved students seeking careers in health care goes beyond college admission.
In 2019, the Zucker School of Medicine Pipeline Program (ZPP) was launched as a three-year, summer intensive, academic enrichment program designed to provide high achieving, economically disadvantaged college students who are interested in a career in medicine a chance for direct enrollment to the Zucker School of Medicine. The power of pipelines like the MSPP and ZPP allow aspiring medical professionals like Miss Blanc to maintain the path to success as a pupil and professional.
“The pipeline program offers hands-on learning and introductory classes on subjects that we will need further on into our medical careers. Most importantly, the program is full of activities and seminars that will help us excel in the remainder of our high school careers,” explained Miss Blanc. “Everything I learn here will be applied to my life academically and beyond.”
For more information about the MSPP at the Zucker School of Medicine, please contact Gina Granger, MSEd, assistant director of pipeline programs, at Gina.Granger@hofstra.edu or visit online at medicine.hofstra.edu.