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Underrepresented High School Students on a Path with “HOPE”

HOPE graduates
High School seniors from high needs school districts celebrate their graduation from Stony Brook University’s HOPE (Health Occupations Partnership for Excellence) Program on May 8.  Some of this year’s HOPE graduates are pictured. The graduates have been accepted to colleges such as Stony Brook University, Farmingdale State College, Notre Dame University and the University of Central Florida.

STONY BROOK, N.Y., May 9, 2018 - Thirteen high school students from underrepresented school districts graduated from the HOPE (Health Occupations Partnership for Excellence) Program on May 8. HOPE is a successful 2-year academic program that preps high school students from underrepresented school districts and economically challenged backgrounds for the SATs and gives them exposure and experience in healthcare and related fields.

Through classes and workplace shadowing experiences with Stony Brook faculty, they learn about the lives and skills it takes to be nurses, physicians, physical therapists, laboratory technicians and other healthcare professions.

This is the 10th HOPE graduation celebration, in which a total of 141 students have graduated and gone on to college in New York and around the country. Some have or will be entering healthcare fields.


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Stony Brook University is going beyond the expectations of what today’s public universities can accomplish. Since its founding in 1957, this young university has grown to become a flagship as one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system with more than 26,000 students and 2,600 faculty members, and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs. Our faculty have earned numerous prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. The University offers students an elite education with an outstanding return on investment: U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 50 public universities in the nation. Its membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. As part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University joins a prestigious group of universities that have a role in running federal R&D labs. Stony Brook University is a driving force in the region’s economy, generating nearly 60,000 jobs and an annual economic impact of more than $4.6 billion. Our state, country and world demand ambitious ideas, imaginative solutions and exceptional leadership to forge a better future for all. The students, alumni, researchers and faculty of Stony Brook University are prepared to meet this challenge.

Contact: Gregory Filiano,    631 444-9343



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