Five years ago MERIT started longitudinally supporting under-represented high school students who aspire to become medical professionals. We believe that to address health care disparities in Baltimore we need to empower our students to become medical leaders. For the first time our alumni are preparing to apply to graduate school, and we need your help. The best test prep is typically reserved for students from privileged backgrounds. Kaplan’s in-person MCAT courses cost between $1000-1800 for students who are eligible for financial aid. By raising $10K we will be able to provide all of our alumni with the same test prep opportunities as their wealthy peers. Pereviva, a senior at McDaniel, plans to become a clinical psychologist dedicated to treating children exposed to trauma in Baltimore City. After completing an internship at Kennedy Krieger this summer, she is starting to study for the GRE, and will be applying to PhD programs in clinical psychology next year. Maame, a junior at Salisbury University, plans to become a cardiologist so that she can be part of the solution to heart disease health disparities. After getting a 4.0 last semester, she’s starting to study for the MCAT. An investment in the future of Pereviva, Maame, and other MERIT alumni, is a long term investment in the health of Baltimore. MERIT is a 501©3 located in Baltimore City. To learn more, visit our website, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.