Indiana University is using a nearly $2 million grant to fund an initiative aiming to connect underserved students with health professions. The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at IUPUI says the Saturday Senior Academy is designed to address concerns about the lack of diversity in the health care work force.
The school is currently recruiting 40 Indianapolis Public School seniors to participate in the 20-week program. Students meet for six hours every Saturday. It features health care research projects, field trips and job shadowing opportunities. Organizers say it will also prepare students academically for college with a specific focus on math and science. Participants who successfully complete the program could receive a stipend of up to $1,240.
The Saturday Senior Academy is being funded by a three-year, $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The deadline to apply for the academy is December 16.