Our Vision


The vision of the Northwestern Medicine Scholars Program is to offer enriching experiences that enable outstanding high school students to explore and be better prepared for potential careers in medicine as future physicians and biomedical scientists.

Those selected are provided with the opportunity to learn from some of the country’s leading physicians and researchers at a premier academic medical center in order to enrich and inform their career decisions through a variety of supportive activities. Continuation in the program is interest and performance driven.

Aligned with the goals of Northwestern Medicine, the partnership is designed to attract, develop, and retain top talent in a culture that values innovation and excellence in the highest level of scholarship, and provides the resources to support continued growth and success. This program will be a national model for scholastic excellence for underrepresented populations in the greater Chicago area.

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare President and CEO Dean M. Harrison (far left), Westinghouse College Prep Director of Admissions Rebecca Miller (2nd from left) and founding advisor Dr. Erica E. Marsh (3rd left) and other advisors celebrate one of the Scholars’ latest achievements. The Scholars proudly display their certificates in Gastrointestinal Systems and Surgical Principles earned in summer 2013 under the helm of Chief of Surgery Dr. Nathaniel J. Soper (center-right).


An Inspired Partnership

Kaya (Class of 2014) presents her research findings from the Northwestern Medicine Scholars 2011 Summer Intensive: Oncology 101 to Senior VP and advisory board member Dean Manheimer.

We proudly announced this new educational partnership joining George Westinghouse College Prep with Northwestern Medicine in 2011. It is our goal to offer students an enriching experience to help them explore potential careers in medicine as future physicians or biomedical scientists.

Westinghouse College Prep students have the opportunity to apply. These students are selected to go behind the scenes at Northwestern, where they can learn from some of the country’s top physicians and researchers.

This exciting partnership, focusing on excellence in the advancement of medicine, features experiences such as the following:

• Co-teaching between Westinghouse teachers and Northwestern physicians and researchers,
• Mentoring from physicians and researchers,
• Summer intensives for course credit,
• College access and entrance support,
• ACT test preparation.

Located in downtown Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital is one of the country’s leading academic medical center hospitals and the primary teaching hospital for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The hospital is recognized nationally for both world-class facilities and a commitment to quality and exceptional care.

Class of 2014’s Amber (center) and Mayra (right) practice helping a patient breathe with an Ambu bag under the watchful eye of Professor Lenny Wade (left) in the Patient Safety Simulation Lab.

The defining mission of Feinberg School of Medicine is to educate the next generation of physicians. A full-time MD program, multiple joint degree programs, graduate medical education and continuing medical education help advance our mission. Feinberg stands out among the nation’s research-intensive medical schools, consistently receiving high marks in U.S. News & World Report surveys. With our affiliates, Feinberg plays an integral part in the communities we serve.

Along with Feinberg, the hospital works to improve patient care, educate tomorrow’s caregivers and engage in research. These efforts lead to the discovery of new treatments and cures that can transform the future of healthcare.

Once accepted into Westinghouse College Prep, students can apply and be selected into this highly competitive partnership program. For additional information on the Westinghouse College Prep–Northwestern Medicine partnership please contact us.

Who Are We

A Partnership for Excellence

The Northwestern Medicine Scholars Program at Westinghouse College Prep is a unique partnership that joins the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in an effort to inspire talented high school students to consider careers in Medicine and Science.

Iridian, a Northwestern Medicine Scholar from the Class of 2015, shakes hands with Dr. Nathaniel Soper—Chair, Department of Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine—while program co-founder Dr. Erica Marsh speaks, and Northwestern Medicine Scholars Faculty Mentors, hospital executives, Westinghouse leadership and the scholars’ families look on.

Advisory Board — Northwestern Medicine®
Scholars Program at Westinghouse College Prep

Our Advisory Board

Feinberg School of Medicine

Located in the heart of Chicago, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has dedicated itself to educating and mentoring physician leaders with diverse backgrounds since 1859. We also are deeply committed to research, patient care and community service, all integral parts of our education mission that are supported by our affiliate institutions.

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Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare is the corporate parent of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Foundation and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital is one of the country’s premier academic medical center hospitals and a major referral center for the Midwest and beyond. Northwestern Memorial provides a total of 894 licensed beds in the Feinberg Pavilion, Prentice Women’s Hospital and the Stone Institute of Psychiatry. It is the primary teaching hospital for Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. The medical staff of 1,603 affiliated physicians, who also carry appointments with the Feinberg School, represents virtually every medical specialty. Northwestern Memorial has 7,144 employees overall.

In the 2012 and 2013 ranking of the nation’s “Best Hospitals” published by U.S. News & World Report, both Northwestern Memorial and Northwestern Lake Forest hospitals earned recognition in Illinois and the Chicago metro area, with Northwestern Memorial ranked No. 1 in both areas and named to the prestigious honor roll of the nation’s top hospitals. Northwestern Memorial ranked 12th among 18 hospitals to make U.S. News’ 2012 Honor Roll, and now ranks 6th on its 2013/2014 Honor Roll. The Honor Roll is a prestigious citation given only to a handful of hospitals in the country each year.

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Northwestern Medicine

Northwestern Medicine® is the shared vision that joins Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in a collaborative effort to transform medicine through quality healthcare, academic excellence and scientific discovery.

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About George Westinghouse College Prep

Preparing Students for College Careers and Beyond

George Westinghouse College Prep (GWCP) reopened its school doors in fall 2009. This school serves students from across the city of Chicago. GWCP is the first selective Chicago public high school to have dual enrollment criteria: selective enrollment and college-to-careers. The school serves a diverse student population from nearly 300 public and private elementary schools, with roughly 30 percent of its students residing within a two and one-half mile radius of the school.

Northwestern Medicine Scholars depart Westinghouse College Prep for Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

GWCP provides a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, with four years of English, mathematics, science, social studies, and World Language. In addition, the school offers over 12 advanced placement options, starting at the freshmen level. Students are also provided with a broad range of elective courses including statistics, graphic design, economics and band. Included in the college-to-careers program are four innovative academies: Broadcast Technology & Media, Business, Health Sciences and IT – Oracle.

Each academy is equipped with industry equivalent technology. Students are required to obtain industry related certifications prior to graduation. The beyond curriculum program offerings include academic debate, math club, environmental club, science club, cultural collectivo, art club, theater and dance program, and 18 interscholastic teams. The international cultural immersion program is the latest addition to the current offerings. Students, teachers, and parents visited China, Spain, the United Kingdom and France over the past two school years, studying the Chinese, European and Spanish cultures.


In the News

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Luis, Class of 2017, receives hands-on training and coaching, from orthopaedic surgeon Dr. James A. Hill, during a video-assisted surgical simulation.
Class of 2015 student Rong’s gallstones presentation for Northwestern Medicine Scholars 2013 Summer Intensive.
A Class of 2014 student, Argie shares the spotlight with and inspires the next generation after receiving his certificate for the Northwestern Medicine Scholars 2012 Summer Intensive: Cardiology 101.