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Dr. Steven Spencer ’94 Supports the STEM Challenge

Last month, Girard College put out a call for the community to invest in STEM education by supporting The Henry & Virginia Grabowski STEM Challenge, which will create a state-of-the-art STEM Center and prepare Girard students for the careers of the future.

Steven Spencer ’94, MD, MPH, MBA has answered the call! Dr. Spencer has pledged $50,000 to jump-start the challenge, and is now calling on his fellow alumni to match that total, with at least $10,000 raised by June 30.

Dr. Steven Spencer '94

“In the spirit of the STEM Challenge, I’m asking for all alumni, but especially alumni from the classes of 1990 to 1999, to join me in supporting this critical program, Spencer said. “Join the STEM movement at Girard and help us meet our goal.”

Note: When making your gift online or by check, make sure to note Dr. Spencer’s challenge so we can keep track!

Sylvia Bastani, Chief Advancement Officer, said “It’s a beautiful story; two alumni from different generations coming together to invest in STEM education for our students. Dr. Spencer and Dr. Grabowski have both made significant contributions in their fields, all based on the education, values, and opportunities they received at Girard.”

Dr. Spencer has dedicated his career to the practice of Internal Medicine and improving population health in underserved communities, spending 15 years in the Abington Health System (later Jefferson) to develop programs focused on delivering quality health care to all. He now serves as Deputy Chief Health Officer at Cityblock Health, a startup healthcare provider focused on marginalized populations with complex needs, and is a founding member of The Fund for Girard College, the school’s volunteer fundraising board.

“I was inspired by Dr. Grabowski’s leadership in issuing the STEM Challenge to the Girard community,” said Dr. Spencer. “Like him, I decided to pursue a career in the sciences thanks to the life-changing education I received at Girard.”

“It’s so important for young people to be able to see themselves in these careers. I’m proud to do my part to increase diversity in STEM and support my Girardian brothers and sisters.”

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More than $155,000 has been raised so far toward the match goal of $500,000.

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