Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants must have completed at two years of High School and possess a strong interest in medicine, biology, nursing, emergency medical services, or research. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher is highly recommended. Criteria for selection are based on a number of factors, including educational promise, a strong commitment to a health career, and lack of past opportunities. You must be considered disadvantaged or underrepresented among health care providers to be eligible. Refer to question below regarding disadvantaged or underrepresented status for clarification. The program is typically for rising seniors and juniors in High School ages 16 to 18. As long as you fulfill the requirements of the program, your application will be considered with the same consideration as other applicants.

What is the definition of disadvantaged or underrepresented, in terms of eligibility for ISHTaR?

The definition for disadvantaged or underrepresented status is any student who is considered educationally, economically, or socially disadvantaged within the USA. Examples of each are as follows:

  • Education: Attending schools that are considered disadvantaged in ranking or are located in underserved areas of the state (such as Eastern & Western NC)
  • Economic: Low family income and individual income
  • Social: A member of certain disadvantaged groups that are considered underrepresented in the medical/dental professions, such as African-American, American Indian, Hispanic or Pacific Islander

How to Apply

Please email Ms. Julianne Cyr at for details on how to apply.