Program Realizing Educational Potential (PREP)
On campus program: Saturday, June 2nd to Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018
EXTENDED Deadline: Wednesday May 9, 2018
- Qualified applicants will be notified by email by Monday May 14, 2018
- Selected scholars will be invited for an on campus orientation Friday, May 18, 2018
The Program Realizing Educational Potential (PREP) at Northern Arizona University offers scholars from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to prepare for a future career in the health professions. This exciting four-and-a half week program will be held on the NAU Mountain campus. PREP will occur Monday-Friday from 9am-4:30pm and Saturday from 9am-3pm, with required participation at those times. Evening activities are highly recommended. Scholars will be housed on NAU campus, for more information about PREP contact JUMP Program Manager, Christal Black at JUMP@nau.edu or 928-523-7047.
The program includes:
- College Lectures: Engage in topics such as current health issues, biology, chemistry, math, writing, exercise physiology, time management, stress reduction and test taking skills.
- Clinical Visits: Gain hands-on experience in various professional health settings to build your resume.
- Shadowing and Volunteer Opportunities: Explore professional health careers and gain knowledge in particular fields of interest.
- Research Projects: Research a current health-related issue of choice with the help of a mentor, and present findings to peers and instructors.
- Individualized Professional Development Plan: Meet one-on-one with academically qualified mentors to develop a plan to achieve educational and career goals.
- Peer Mentoring: Connect with peers from a similar background for ongoing support and growth.
Seventy-five PREP scholars will be selected
- 25 high school junior or senior students
- 25 community college students
- 25 university freshman or sophomore students
Each scholar will receive up to $3,600 stipend based on completion of 180 cumulative hours within the program. The stipend can be used toward housing, meals, and transportation.
A complete application packet includes the following:
- Application form
- Current resume
- A copy of recent high school or college/university transcripts (unofficial is acceptable)
- Essay (1-2 pages, double spaced)
- Proof of current economic status and educational disadvantage
- FAFSA 2018-2019 Student Aid Report of 2016 income taxes
- For further instructions on how to apply
Include opportunities such as:
- College lectures
- Professional development
- Mini presentations
- Pre and post tests
- Talking circles
Include opportunities such as:
- Measuring vital signs
- Reading and writing activities
- Recording/observing environmental organisms
- Research development
- Analyzing data sets
Scholars tour hospitals such as:
- North Country Health Care
- NAU Campus Health Services
- Tuba City Regional Health Care
- Flagstaff Medical Center
- Winslow Indian Health Care Center
- Haven Health
- Phoenix Bioscience Core
Scholars are exposed to many lectures sharing:
- Research/internship opportunities
- Life stories
- Career advice
- Overview of their health profession
Scholars remain busy with evening activities such as:
- Book discussion
Scholars work on presentation skills through:
- Group presentations
- Elevator speeches
- Mock interviews
- Individual presentations