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The Stem Scholars with Ed.

The Stem Scholars with Ed Satell.

Consistent with our focus on developing the leaders of tomorrow,  Progressive Business Publications, through the Progressive Business Publications Charitable Trust and the Satell Family Foundation is proud to have been the multi-year founding sponsor of The Franklin Institute’s STEM Scholars Program. The program focuses on excellence in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math.  Its purpose is to engage the brightest and most scientifically adept rising high-school students in the underserved community in a four-year cohort program held for after-school and during summers that can often lead to their qualifying for college scholarships at leading institutions.

How We Do It

STEM Scholars engage in scientific research projects led by top staff at The Franklin Institute.  In partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Wistar Foundation, Princeton University and others, the program strives to develop a new generation of highly-capable scientists in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  It is our belief that this expertise is critical to the future of our country’s innovation and efficiency, and its ability to remain a key player in the world.

“Fewer than one in six students have the science skills needed to compete in a world increasingly driven by innovation.  We are thrilled to partner with Ed Satell and Progressive Business Publications in fulfilling the vision for this program. Ed has provided initial leadership support for the STEM Scholars Program, and has been an advocate for encouraging more of the region’s youth to become engaged scientists and engineers.”

– Dr. Dennis Wint
The Franklin Institute

Action and Positive Outcomes

The first cohort of STEM Scholars presents their group project on creating a vaccine for Malaria.

Each cohort has fifteen extraordinarily capable students, identified and selected from some of the most depressed areas of Philadelphia.  The Scholars who successfully complete four years in the program are expected to go to top schools in their scientific fields, earning significant scholarships.

For more information about the program, visit STEM Scholars at the Franklin Institute