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Cooper Medical School gets $1.9M in federal funds for disadvantaged-student programs

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Cooper Medical School of Rowan University received $1.9 million in federal funding to help diversify the health care workforce by funding programs that target disadvantaged students.

The university’s Pathway to Success program will receive the three-year award to help students who come from financially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds with the opportunity to graduate from medical and other health professional career institutions.

“The goal of Pathways to Success is to develop a larger and more competitive pool of disadvantaged applicants interested in careers in health care and to position them for success,” said Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, associate dean for diversity and community affairs and project director. “Our existing pipeline programs have already impacted hundreds of local students in grammar, high school and college. We look forward to enhancing these programs to reach even more young people, and sharing our success with medical schools throughout the country.”

The university is increasing its outreach for the summer program that helps expose these students to medical professionals.

Beginning this fall, CMSRU will facilitate a consortium with representation from Rowan University, Rutgers University-Camden, Camden County Community College, Rowan College at Burlington County and Cumberland County Community College in order to recruit and support eligible students.

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