Program Information

George Washington University (GW) is committed to creating the future generation of health professionals from diverse backgrounds to provide culturally competent care for underserved populations. GW aims to provide an array of stipends, scholarships, mentoring, education, and career counseling services to eligible students interested in health careers so they can obtain their career goals.

HCOP (Health Careers Opportunity Program) is a federally funded grant program from HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) that aims to develop and guide individuals with disadvantaged backgrounds through the educational pipeline of a health profession. In this effort, HRSA has chosen George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) to be one of their National HCOP Academies.

The GW Health Careers Opportunity Program gives students the chance to be a part of a National HCOP Ambassador Program while pursuing their health career goals. The HCOP Ambassador Program supports students’ success through:

  • Academics, networking, and career counseling
  • Enrichment programs that enhance and develop learning and academic skills
  • Experiential clinical immersions and community services
  • Financial literacy and planning
  • Clinical and public health experiences, research, and team building activities

HCOP is a program that has a research component. The research from HCOP is used to study how effective the program is in preparing students for a career in the health profession. HCOP  Ambassadors will be asked to participate in these studies and while we encourage participation, it is voluntary and participants can withdraw at any time.

GW Health Sciences accepts approximately 25 eligible HCOP applicants each year, who will be GW’s HCOP ambassadors. There is no cost to apply but applicants must meet eligibility criteria to be accepted and receive financial assistance. Through the HRSA grant, GW provides scholarships that help cover tuition, fees, and other eligible educational expenses. Additionally, GW offers stipends.

In addition to the online application, a letter of recommendation (from someone who can attest to your educational abilities/skills) must be submitted. Applicants may be asked to submit additional documentation(s) to support eligibility status.

Check out our FAQ page for additional information.

Notice: Due to federal grant specifications, students interested in pursuing nursing careers are not eligible for this HCOP program because nursing is not designated in Section 739 of the Public Health Service Act, which funds this program.