The Hartman Initiative’s international program in the Dominican Republic expanded greatly since its inception in 2018. Our first student is entering her third year and we have two new students entering this year. Despite the challenges of Covid-19 on academics and international support, our students continue to persevere and demonstrate excellence.

Our three students – Daniela del Rosario Morla, Ángel Joel Mejía del Rosario, and Ana Beatriz Domínguez – all start classes on September 6, 2021. Daniela is entering her sixth semester and Ana and Joel both begin their first semester. They are from the city of Higüey, Dominican Republic. They are attending medical school at (UNIBE) Iberoamerican University in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Part of the Hartman Initiative’s international program is fully funding these students to attend medical school. Since all three are from Higuey, we’ve been searching for an apartment for them to live in while attending the university in Santo Domingo. Recently we rented a new apartment for all three students in Santo Domingo in an area closer to school. It has multiple bedrooms, a good kitchen, several bathrooms, and is fully furnished.

While the scholarship aspect is vital to the program, we’ve also improved our mentorship approach. I will step in as their mentor, especially regarding the navigation of the medical field, and Jake Vincik from Hope for Hispaniola will serve as their contact on the ground. Our virtual mentoring methods continues to undergo improvements to ensure that our students get the help they need in a timely manner.

We’re so excited as we look to this upcoming year. Our students continue to display a passion for their future careers, and we hope to help them achieve those dreams. Thank you for supporting these students in their studies! If you have any questions, go to our contact page.


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