Kal & Lucille Rudman

Thanks to the generous support of the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation, 25 high achieving South Jersey high school students will have a unique opportunity to raise their academic game this summer at one of the region’s premier medical schools. This expansion into New Jersey establishes a Delaware Valley regional network for the Foundation’s longstanding mission to cultivate tomorrow’s doctors in the Philadelphia area.

The newly established RAISE (Recognizing Achievement and Inspiring Student Excellence) at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) is a tuition-free, six-week science enrichment program that will give 11th and 12th grade students from nine South Jersey high schools a chance to get hands-on experience under the guidance of physicians, faculty and research scientists at the acclaimed medical school, which was recently named as one of America’s best by U.S. News & World Report. The program begins Monday, July 10.

“We’re extremely fortunate that Rowan has enabled us to expand our reach to New Jersey and create a truly regional network for our longstanding mission,” comments Kal Rudman. “Having found tremendous success jump-starting the medical education of tomorrow’s doctors in Philadelphia for over 20 years, the RAISE program we’ve created with Rowan elevates our work to an entirely new level. Lucille and I have been based in South Jersey for decades, and thanks to Rowan, we’re finally able to boost the futures of the best and brightest high school students in our back yard…in style!”

The Rudman Foundation is a longtime sponsor of medical summer programs for deserving Philadelphia high school students at Drexel University College of Medicine in conjunction with Hahnemann Medical College, and more recently, Einstein Medical Center. The Foundation also provides annual university scholarships to graduating high school students through a mentorship program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children – one of the oldest full-service hospitals in the United States totally dedicated to the care of children.