National Workforce Diversity Pipeline

Health Occupation Program
STEM Career Intervention Program

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017



The National Workforce Diversity Pipeline (NWDP) Program, funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, is established to address health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities in the areas of health care and behavioral health and increase the availability of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

The Health Occupation Program (HOP) and the STEM Career Intervention Program (SCIP) are yearly support programs offered through the NWDP to serve as a diversity pipeline in healthcare and STEM careers. Both HOP and SCIP are 16 week programs offered to 9th and 10th grade high school students. HOP serves our 9th graders and SCIP serves our 10th graders. Students in these programs will meet twice per month for a career lecture series which includes hands-on activities to engage them in respective health and STEM careers.

There are twenty slots for 9th graders and twenty slots for 10th graders who demonstrate an interest in the health professions. The NWDP selection process is competitive. We look for students with demonstrated leadership skills and a high aptitude for science/mathematics and technology. Preference will be given to students who reside in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.

Not included: Meals, medical expenses, and personal spending money, etc. 


Participants will be selected based on their eligibility and merit of their application (GPA, letters of recommendation, and their demonstrated interest in healthcare or STEM professions). Participant requirements include:

High School Students who will enter the 9th or 10th grade in the Fall of 2016

Students must have a cumulative 2.75 Grade Point Average or higher.

Students must have taken at least one math and one science class.

Students who are underrepresented minorities and/or financially disadvantaged will be given priority.

Preference will be given to students who reside in Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia.

A favorable interview with NWDP personnel is required for all competitive applicants with a complete application.  


A complete NWDP Application.

A typed 150 word essay demonstrating an interest in science, technology, engineering, math or the health professions is required. The essay’s focus should describe how attending this enrichment program will be beneficial to you in your future career path in STEM or health professions.

Three favorable recommendations [on School Letterhead] (1 from a science teacher, 1 from a math teacher, and 1 from your counselor or principal).

Students must submit a current unofficial transcript to the Natl. Workforce Diversity Pipeline Program prior to the application deadline.


• Documented acceptance to the NWDPHOP/SCIP program.

Submit supporting materials by email to or by mail to:
Howard University, College of Pharmacy
Attention: Tawanna Terry and Lawander McFarland
NWDP, Faculty Annex III, Room 120
2300 4th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059
(202) 806-4208 Main
(202) 238-8538 Fax

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