Professional Growth and Enrichment

Health Careers Summer Camp

Details for 2018 are coming soon!

The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) and Western Carolina University (WCU) will host its 22nd Annual Health Careers Summer Camp at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC.

This is a residential camp, targeting underrepresented minority and economically disadvantaged rising seventh and eighth-grade students.


2017 Brochure 

Camp Theme: RX for Success

The theme for camp is RX for Success! The camp is open to rising seventh and eighth-grade students who have a potential interest in a future career in healthcare. The camp also includes a focus on leadership and personal wellness. We would like to thank you for the ongoing support that you provide your students.

Health Career Camp, young female campers

We would not be successful in reaching your students without support from our partners in the education community.

This camp is part of the North Carolina Area Health Education Center’s (NC AHEC) mission to improve the supply and distribution of the healthcare workforce by providing support at every link of the educational pipeline. The cost to attend the camp is $300, plus a $10 application fee. The application fee is refundable for students not selected to attend the camp. Students on free or reduced lunch are eligible for a partial scholarship and are still required to submit the $10 application fee. All checks or money orders should be made payable to MAHEC. No cash, please. Please see the camp brochure included in your packet for more information.

We invite all students to apply; however, special emphasis should be made to encourage minorities, rural and economically disadvantaged students to apply. Statistics show that in all health professions, minority populations continue to be underrepresented relative to the overall population in the state. The United States Department of Health and Human Services states that “increasing the number of minority health professionals are viewed as a partial solution to improving access and delivery of health care and decreasing disparities in healthcare.”

Selection Criteria and Deadlines

  • Application Packet and Faculty Recommendation Form should be provided to those students who may have a potential interest in a career in healthcare.
  • The application deadline has been extended to Friday, April 14, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. Applications received after the deadline and incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • The Committee will review completed applications and select students based on the selection criteria with strong emphasis on the faculty recommendation.
  • Selected students will be mailed a confirmation package on or before Thursday, April 20, 2017, that must be completed and returned to WCU no later than Monday, May 15, 2017, along with the $300 camp fee. Students on free and reduced lunch who were approved for a partial scholarship will owe the required balance approved for your student. All payments must accompany the confirmation packet to be considered.

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