Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens (MERIT)

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Baltimore, MD.
Type Academic Enrichment, Academic Year Program, Basic Science Research, Clinical Observation, Health Disparities, High School Students, Test Preparation


MERIT provides several years of academic, professional, and social support, which truly changes the trajectory of our Scholars’ lives. After three years of intensive programming during high school including Saturday sessions every week, three paid summer internships, and comprehensive mentoring, MERIT Alumni continue to receive further guidance throughout college.

MERIT not only exposes Scholars to various careers in health care through hands-on experiences in hospitals and laboratories, but we also provide guidance through the college admissions and financial aid process.  We support our Scholars through the toughest challenges and are there to celebrate their accomplishments.  We prepare our Scholars for the SAT so they can not only get accepted into the college of their dreams, but receive scholarships too!

During the school year, MERIT Scholars are required to attend Saturday sessions every week.  Over the summers, MERIT Scholars participate in paid summer internships working in hospitals and research laboratories.  MERIT Scholars are also paired with mentors (local undergraduates, graduate students, or young professionals working in health care) for the entire three-year program.  We also expect MERIT Scholars to complete homework assignments related to SAT prep, medicine, professional skill development, health inequalities, and the college admissions process.


Only a 10th grade student attending a high school in Baltimore City can apply.  A student must also meet one or both of the following criteria:

  • Be a first generation college student (this mean his/her parents did not graduate from college)
  • Currently eligible for the Maryland School Breakfast and Lunch Program.

More Information

Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens
5200 Eastern Ave.
Mason F Lord, Center Tower
Suite 385
Baltimore, MD 21224