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Arthur Ashe Sports Ball a Fundraiser for High-Achieving Health Sciences Program

VIDEO: Leslie Chang and 14 Other Scholars Feted at Arthur Ashe Sports Ball 2012

What's The 411's correspondent, Andrew Rosario, covered the Arthur Ashe Sports Ball 2012, an annual event held at Chelsea Piers to benefit the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. Andrew spoke with many luminaries and dignitaries starting with Dr. Mary Valmont, Associate Director for Health Science Education, Health Science Academy, Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH) and scholarship winner, Leslie Chang.

Dr. Valmont enlightened us about the Health Science Academy's health sciences program. AAIUH partnered with SUNY Downstate to provide a science enrichment program for college-bound high school students. The Health Science Academy's health sciences program is an intensive, high-achieving health sciences program serving 180 students who attend anatomy and physiology courses such as reproductive and cardio- vascular. They also attend gross anatomy labs and other science-oriented demonstrations. Students participate in the program for three years, attending once a week for 13 weeks over six semesters. The Health Science Academy boasts a 98 percent college admission rate with most of its students going on to medical school, graduate school, and doctoral programs.

Leslie Chang, a scholarship winner at the Arthur Ashe Sports Ball 2012, received $1,968 symbolic for the year Arthur Ashe won the U.S. Open for the first time. Chang started with the Health Science Academy as a sophomore and plans to attend college to study biomedical engineering. Chang learned about the program from a teacher who spotted his great achievement in chemistry.