Evan Bowie: A DC HAPP Scholar's Journey to Transforming Medical Futures

February 5, 2024
African American teen male wearing a physician white coat and black rimmed glasses

In the bustling halls of Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, a young and determined student stands out as a beacon of inspiration and dedication. Evan Bowie, a senior at Ron Brown and a 2023 DC HAPP Scholar, is not just a bright student but a compassionate young man with dreams of making a significant impact in the world of medicine.

This spring, Evan will be honored with the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence from the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. This accolade is a testament to his unwavering commitment to his passion for medicine, particularly in the field of trauma surgery. Evan's journey has already been marked by noteworthy achievements, earning him recognition not only locally but also on a national level.

Evan's story is not just about academic success; it's about overcoming personal challenges and turning adversity into a driving force for positive change. In his DC HAPP application essay,  Evan recalls the moment he realized he wanted to go into medicine. At the age of 9, Evan faced a heartbreaking experience when his mother collapsed at work due to an enlarged heart. Despite the efforts of medical professionals, Evan's mother subsequently passed away at the hospital. This life-altering experience ignited an unyielding determination within Evan to ensure that other children wouldn’t have to grow up without their parents.

"I watched someone else help my mom when I couldn't. So for other children, I don't want them to grow up without moms or dads," Evan shared.

Evan's desire to be on the frontlines of healthcare and his innate willingness to learn more led him to accumulate an impressive 405 hours of clinical experience by January 2024 in just over a year’s time. His diverse exposure spans Emergency Medicine, Trauma, Surgery, and Intensive Care. Additionally, Evan is enrolled in the GW SMHS Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program, showcasing his commitment to gaining comprehensive knowledge in the medical field.

Beyond his academic pursuits, Evan has been actively involved as a student athletic trainer at Ron Brown for the past three years. This hands-on experience has allowed him to learn how to treat athletes for injuries and become certified in CPR and first aid. Evan's dedication doesn't stop there—he participated in the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion DC Health and Academic Prep Program (DC HAPP), further expanding his practical skills and building his professional network early in his educational journey.

"I want to be on the frontlines. It's just the willingness to know more," Evan expressed, encapsulating his deep-rooted passion for making a difference in the lives of others.

The GW SMHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion celebrates Evan Bowie's remarkable achievements, recognizing him as a promising scholar and a compassionate soul dedicated to healing and helping others. Evan's journey exemplifies the transformative power of education and the profound impact that one individual can have on their community and beyond. We look forward to witnessing Evan's continued success and the positive change he will undoubtedly bring to the field of medicine.