June 12 2018

Home of The Mutter Museum Boosts Futures for Young Philadelphians

$2.5m in financial aid and scholarships awarded to high school graduates of STEM-focused programs

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, home of The Mutter Museum, is proud to announce another successful year for its Center for Education. Over 30 graduates of the Center for Education's STEM-focused internship programs have been accepted into college and will attend this fall, achieving a combined $2.5m in financial aid and scholarships over four years.

On Wednesday June 13, from 5-30-7:30pm, 22 young Philadelphians will be the 4th group to graduate from the Karabots Junior Fellows program, at a special event at the College, attended by philanthropists and program funders Nicholas and Athena Karabots.

The Karabots Junior Fellows program began in 2009, and is aimed at Philadelphia high school students from underserved communities. The program fosters interest in careers in healthcare and medicine through educational experiences and interaction with a professional network. 

The program model has been evaluated by The University of Pennsylvania as demonstrating best educational practices, and inspired three more programs: The Teva Pharmaceuticals Internship for Philadelphia youths affected by violence, Out4STEM which provides LGBTQIA youth with STEM-oriented support in a safe space, and Girls One Diaspora Club for teen girls from Africa or the African diaspora.

11 seniors from the Teva and Out4STEM programs have been accepted to attend college this fall. The Teva students have also been invited to present at the city's Code Red: Battling the Plague of Gun Violence event, on June 21, representing the youth voice of the effects of gun violence. 

"More than 80% of students who participate in our programs not only succeed in graduating high school on time, but also succeed in graduating college on time. We are able to give our teens access to professionals and educational experiences they wouldn't be able to get elsewhere," said Jacqui Bowman, Director for Education, "Through our education programs we have helped launch the careers of future physicians, phlebotomists, and physical therapists in Philadelphia and beyond."

WATCH: A special video celebrating 10 years of changing lives through STEM programs.


The College of Physicians of Philadelphia was founded in 1787 by a group of physicians including Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of our nation’s Declaration of Independence. It is not an academic organization, as the name suggests, but a not-for-profit educational and cultural institution with the mission of advancing the cause of health while upholding the ideals and heritage of medicine.

The College is home to The Mütter Museum of medical history, The Historical Medical Library, and The Center for Education. The Karabots Junior Fellows Program is made possible through the generous contributions of Nicholas and Athena Karabots and the Karabots Foundation. The Teva Pharmaceuticals Internship program is made possible through a generous grant from Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

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