Changing the Face of Healthcare

The Northwestern Medicine Scholars Program cultivates and encourages talented and diverse students from Westinghouse College Prep to become the physicians and biomedical scientists of the future. Now, meet Class of 2014, Class of 2016 and Class of 2017.

  • Erin tells us “Science has always been my favorite subject. I have always been fascinated with…the logic behind the explanation of the world.” He’s interested in Pharmacology, Drug Development. A leader on the chess team, he’s also part of the book club, strategy club, and volleyball and math teams. “Erin is a top student and…sometimes…student tutor,” who “is currently developing a curriculum that he will lead once a week for novice chess players,” notes his teacher.

  • Aaliyah’s main reason for going to school is science and medicine, and the intent to be a heart surgeon. With the highest grade in her Biology course, she’s on her way. Known to embrace every opportunity, Aaliyah hopes to contribute her creativity and ideas to the Northwestern Medicine Scholars Program and wants to learn how to become a great doctor. “Self-motivated and determined,” Aaliyah is a big fan of the artist Adele and loves playing the piano.

  • Iridian wants to become a doctor so she can give back to her family and Latino community. What motivates her? “My passion for science and helping those in need.” This quiet student “has a very mature quality,” says one teacher, and “with her determination and drive, will reach her future goals.” The older of two and member of the school’s math team, Iridian wants to become an oncologist after seeing family members’ fight battles with cancer.

  • Pragya read about Dr. Ben Carson’s rise to chief of pediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkins. It inspired her to pursue neurosurgery. This Science Olympiad and book club member is also on the debate and math teams. “A great student with passion to succeed…an outstanding leadership…a clear sense of purpose,” she’s “learned to manage her time, work in group situations under strict deadlines…recognize the importance of a strong work ethic…and intellectual integrity.”

  • Rong and her family came from China to America four years ago. A year after learning to speak and write English, Rong was a top student. A teacher says “I was greatly inspired by her diligence, confidence, patience and perseverance in learning English…an excellent student…she will succeed.” Rong believes science and medicine have the power to positively change things. She wants to own this power and use it to help others. Community minded Rong volunteers and takes part in math club.