Frequently Asked Questions

When are the dates of the AZ-HOPE Summer Bridge Program?

The AZ-HOPE Summer Bridge Program occurrs during the last UA Summer Session. This is generally the beginning of July to the beginning of August.

Who should apply to AZ-HOPE Programming?

  • Rising Junior and Senior in High School students
  • Allied Health Professions degree students
  • Community College students - particularly those with expressed interest in transferring to a 4-year pre-health or health professions program
  • Undergraduate students pursing Health Professions careers
  • Adult Non-Traditional Learners 
  • Military Veterans
  • Advanced Health Professions degree students (including conditional admissions Post-baccalaureate programs)

Am I eligible for AZ-HOPE Programming?

Eligibility for AZ-HOPE

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements to apply for the Arizona Health Opportunities Pathways to Excellence (AZ-HOPE) program:

  • U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or permanent resident who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States.
  • Currently enrolled or accepted into an educational program in an Arizona high school, allied health professions program, community college, 4-year college/university or health professional school.
  • Interested in a health career or the health sciences.
  • Have a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or greater (cumulative) on a 1.0 – 4.0 scale.
  • Economically OR educationally disadvantaged (see definitions below).*

*If you meet one of the following economic or educational characteristics you are eligible to apply: 

Economically disadvantaged:

  • Eligible for, or have previously received, a Pell grant as part of a college financial aid award
  • Annual income considered ”low income” according to federal poverty level guidelines

Educationally disadvantaged:

  • Neither of your parents or guardians graduated from a 4-year college or university
  • You graduated from (or last attended) a high school with low per capita funding

How much does participating in AZ-HOPE cost?

There is no cost to participate in AZ-HOPE Programming.

How do I begin the process? Where do I start?

Begin the process by filling out the online application. Applicants must create a profile with an email address and password. This will allow you to return to your application and make any changes until you are ready to submit a completed application.

How do I apply online?

Each applicant must create an account with a valid email address and password. Please keep track of this information for future reference. Fill in the appropriate information required for the application. Students may save their application information and return at any time to make changes before submitting it to our office.

Items that will need to be received by the deadline for AZ-HOPE Ambassadors:

  • Complete online application
  • One online recommendations
  • Copy of unofficial transcript
  • Two completed essays

Items that will need to be received by the deadline for AZ-HOPE Summer Bridge Program:

  • Complete online application
  • Copy of unofficial transcript

When will I hear back about the status of my application?

We will notify all applications within 4 weeks of the primary deadline date of their status with the program.

Do I need recommendations?

Yes. As part of the online application process, one (1) online recommendation form must be completed for your application to be considered for AZ-HOPE Ambassadors.

What are the expectations as a AZ-HOPE Ambassador?

We required AZ-HOPE Ambassadors to connect with an ODI Learning Specialist a minimum of two (2) times a semester (preferrably at the beginning and ending of the semester). During this meeting students will develop an academic/career plan with the learning specialists. Additionally, AZ-HOPE Ambassadors will connect with the Case Manager once a semester.

Can I have a summer job or attend another summer program during the AZ-HOPE Summer Bridge Program?

We would advise students to not plan on having a job or additional summer program while in the AZ-HOPE Summer Bridge program. The program will be 6 hours a day (i.e. 9:00-3:00) Monday-Friday.