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WVU, President Gee & the 2019-HSTA McDowell County Students

WVU, President Gordon Gee visited HSTA McDowell county club on his yearly tour of the state.

The Health Sciences & Technology Academy, known as HSTA, is a one-of-a-kind mentoring program in the state of West Virginia that helps participating high school students enter and succeed in STEM-based undergraduate and graduate degree programs. HSTA marshals the efforts of hundreds of mentors―teachers, community members, higher-education faculty and staff, and the HSTA participants themselves―through a framework that supports students facing social and financial challenges to obtaining a diploma and moving on to college.

HSTA Scholars Are . . . 

75%  rural

37%  African American

69%  female

68%  first-generation college attendees

46%  financially disadvantaged

And They Achieve Phenomenal Success

2707-students have completed the program since 1998

99%-of our graduates have attended college

89%-graduate college or are on track to graduate college

87%-earn a four-year degree or better

84% of our college graduates continue to live and work in West Virginia

$30,000 per year is what they earn on average above their parents’ highest salaries

61%-HSTA's graduates choose health and other STEM majors