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Hinkson Holloway Mentorship Program

A young Black man sits on a table while three other young men demonstrate medical devices, while a doctor oversees.
A young Black man sits on a table while three other young men demonstrate medical devices, while a doctor oversees.

Supporting Black Men to Pursue and Excel in Medical Careers

The Hinkson Holloway Mentorship Program is a scholarship program for Black men in the Philadelphia region with an interest in a career in medicine.

This program is meant to push students through academics, service, and leadership to support these young men in navigating the challenging journey to Medicine. The facilitators of this program will provide mentorship and advising with academic issues, including tutoring, career development, and college/career preparation in a safe, positive, affirming space.

Program Details

  • In order to be eligible for the Hinkson Holloway Mentorship Program, candidates must meet the following requirements:
    • Must be a high school student
    • Planning to matriculate at a Philadelphia-area college or university
    • Minimum high school GPA of 3.0
    • Interest in pursuing a career in medicine
    All interested candidates must submit the following materials:

    Personal information:

    • Name
    • Date of Birth
    • Current Address
    • Phone
    • Email
    • College/University
    • Intended Major
    • Expected Graduation Date

    Responses to the following essay questions:

    • If you could choose any Black man from history to sit down and talk with, what would your conversation be?
    • The realm of medicine and healthcare is profound, with many possibilities. What are your goals as you look to your future and career?
    • What barriers as a Black man have tried to keep you from succeeding?

    Additional materials

    • Current resume or CV
    • Official high school transcripts
  • The program consists of monthly sessions.
    Program Pillars: 

    Scholarship • Service • Leadership 

    Project Aims: 
    • To give young Black men the confidence to navigate professional and academics careers in healthcare.
    • To train and mentor young Black men in topics including healthcare, politics, humanities, arts, and social sciences. 
    • To push young Black men into choosing to study topics that will lead them to healthcare professions.
    • To inspire young Black men to be leaders in their communities and continue to push other Black men and women into healthcare and STEM.


Contact Program Coordinator Dennis Mashindi at  or Dr. René Najera, Director of Public Health, at . Please include "Hinkson Holloway Mentorship Program" in the subject line.