HOPE Program


Health Occupations Partnership for Excellence (HOPE), through The State University of New York Hospital and Health Sciences Center at Stony Brook, offers a two-year program for students interested in careers in healthcare and/or the sciences.


The objectives of this program are to provide academic enrichment and counseling to support and facilitate college entry, to provide mentorship in the students’ chosen career, and to promote awareness of heath careers, higher education, and health promotion opportunities.


This program runs four hours per week for 30 weeks of each school year on the campus at the SUNY Stony Brook University Hospital, or at one of the five professional schools that make up the Health Science Center (nursing, medicine, dental medicine, health technology and management, and social welfare).  Mentors are Stony Brook University faculty and staff.


Entry into this program is competitive.  The application process starts in May of the student’s freshman year. The program begins in September of the student’s sophomore year and continues through his or her senior year.


Requirements include:


  • Entering 11th grade the following year
  • 75% or higher GPA
  • Completion of a HOPE application and student commitment agreement
  • Parental consent
  • One-page essay highlighting their interest in the program and the contributions they feel they can make towards better health in their community
  • Letter of recommendation from school or community


Program Overview


Years 1 and 2 – The aim is readying HOPE participants for the PSAT/SAT and improving their academic motivation and performance  through the “Smart Start” program by Princeton Review.  Mentors will be HOPE Co-Directors.  Forty-five hours of academic enrichment will include orientation to the health fields, including lectures, tours, and discussions.  In Year 2,  groups of three to five students will complete clinical, research, and academic rotations in the hospital or Health Science Center.


Year 3 – There will be a greater focus on leadership skills and professionalism, as well as continued academic enrichment.  Students choose a specific healthcare area for further study.  A mentor from this chosen field will be assigned to each student.  The mentor will be a Health Science Center or hospital staff member.  Students will meet formally with their mentor twice a month as well as informally throughout the month.  Additionally, students become junior volunteers and become CPR certified.


Interns from the School of Social Welfare will visit high school once per week to meet with HOPE students.


See the Work Experience Coordinator in the Post-Secondary Planning Office or call 345-9294 for more information.

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