Wayne State University create pipeline for low-income incoming med students

med schoolWayne State University takes pride in being considered the one and only premier urban university in the heart of Detroit.

The School of Medicine has taken the University’s mantra to heart in launching Wayne Med-Direct, a pipeline targeted toward low-income high achieving students looking to pursue a medical degree.

The program provides a full tuition undergraduate scholarship with room-and-board on campus and guaranteed admission to the School of Medicine including a four-year tuition scholarship.

The program will cost the university millions of dollars per year according to Ambika Mathur, dean of Wayne State’s Graduate School.

Nevertheless, she said funding for the incoming class will likely come from already existing scholarship funds and the university expects to apply for national grants and help from alumni of the medical school to help offset the cost.

The new scholarship program was created to help increase the output of the university of medical degree earners. Enrollees will have access to seminars, opportunities to conduct research and clinical training while in undergraduate studies.

Mathur said that the medical school’s focus has diminished in recent years on remaining the place for high level teaching and advancement for medical schooling. The program was created to help get the school back on track.

The interview and admittance process is expected to be challenging and uphold the university’s recent increase in standard. The program admittance guidelines include a minimum 3.5 GPA and 1340 SAT or 30 ACT score to even be considered.

The applicant must be a graduating senior, those who are in the midst of financial hardship will be consider before others.

Applications will be accepted until Jan. 15, 2016, students and parents can visit, honors.wayne.edu for more information.


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