Mass General Hospital

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Name of Treatment Program: MGH Bicentennial Scholars

Short description: In 2011 Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) celebrated its 200th anniversary. As one of many important activities to mark this occasion, MGH renewed its commitment to the local community by creating the MGH Bicentennial Scholars Program, a birthday “gift” to the young people of Boston, Chelsea and Revere. The MGH Bicentennial Scholars Program supports college completion for youth who are interested in health and science careers, and is coordinated by the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI).

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Call To Action 1: Download our booklet with descriptions of our community health work|/cchi/assets/CCHI Brochure8x11625.pdf

Call To Action 2: For more information, please contact Christy Egun at 617 724-2950

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As the largest private employer in Boston, MGH has provided educational opportunities for youth for more than 20 years through science fair mentoring, paid internships for high school students and its annual summer jobs program. Through CCHI, MGH has provides these opportunities to serve youth in grades 3-college with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Compared to other urban areas, Boston public school students have high rate (70 percent) of admission to two- and four-year post-secondary education. However, their rates of college completion are low. A Boston Foundation report found that only 47 percent of the class of 2005 had graduated six years later.

The evidence indicates that to succeed in college, youth need not only financial assistance, but also college preparation, peer support, mentoring, tutoring and jobs. The MGH Bicentennial Scholars Program encompasses all of these components. In 2012, Partners HealthCare announced a new scholarship program inspired by the MGH Bicentennial Scholars. At least 145 more MGH Youth Scholars will receive college prepation, peer support, mentoring, tutoring and a $5,000 scholarship each year for four years.

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