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Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools. These students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage.

SHPEP is implemented at 13 program sites across the nation. Each program site provides scholars with academic enrichment in the basic sciences and math, clinical experiences, career development activities, learning and study skills seminars, and a financial planning workshop. Program sites vary on how they deliver each of these required components and their program start date.

Applicants must:
Be a college freshman or sophomore at the time of application
Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5
Be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident, or an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services


early February

Application Procedure:
Student applies directly

Eligible to Apply:

Undergraduate: Freshman, Sophomores

Graduate: None

Award Type:
Other Awards/Resources
Scholarship / Fellowship

Award Period:
Summer (Undergraduate)

Disciplines / Areas of Study or Interest:
Medicine, Dentistry

Additional Qualifications:
minimum overall GPA of 2.5; U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Last Updated:
July 12, 2018

Last Updated: 9/12/17