National Workforce Diversity Pipeline

Junior URM Mentoring Program Application




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 Junior URM Mentoring Program (JUMP) is one of the many support programs offered through the NWDP to serve as a diversity pipeline in healthcare and STEM careers. The JUMP program is a one-week summer enrichment program for rising 9th and 10th grade high school students. Thirty (30) High School students who demonstrate an interest in the areas of science, engineering, technology, math or health professions will be selected. The NWDP selection process is competitive. In addition to STEM and Health care interest, students must have demonstrated leadership skills. Preference will be given to students who reside in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. The NWDP program includes workshops and interactive activities that are designed to expose students to the expectations in healthcare/STEM careers.

From Monday through Friday starting at 9:00 am to 5:30pm, students will be involved in various workshops, research projects, peer–mentoring tasks, and STEM focus excursions. 

Materials covered by the program: 

  • Textbooks
  • Writing supplies
  • Calculators
  • Clinical/STEM Shadowing
  • Transportation to and from Clinical site
  • Mandatory healthcare/STEM focused excursions


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 2018
• Students must have a cumulative 2.75 Grade Point Average or higher.
• Students must have passed at least one math and one science class in 8th and 9th grade. 
• Students who are underrepresented minorities and/or financially disadvantaged will be given priority.
• 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 summer 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 May 12, 2018 application deadline. 


• Documented acceptance to the NWDP Junior URM Mentoring Program.
• Final official transcripts must be submitted no later than TBA.

Submit supporting materials listed above to:

Howard University, College of Pharmacy
Attention: LaWander McFarland
NWDP, Faculty Annex III, Room 120
2300 4th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059
(202) 806-4208 Main
(202) 238-8538 Fax