Muhlenberg Launches Shankweiler Scholars Pre-Med Honors Program

This fall, Muhlenberg debuted Shankweiler Scholars, an honors program that celebrates the College’s historic strength in health profes¬sions preparation.

By: Bill Keller  Friday, November 16, 2018 10:26 AM

The Shankweiler Scholars Pro­gram is designed for highly motivated undergraduates preparing to pursue a medical degree. As a reflection of Muhlenberg’s excellent health pro­fessions and liberal arts curriculum, the program is particularly well-suited for pre-medical students planning to major in the humanities or social sciences or those with broad intellectual interests planning to ma­jor in natural sciences.

“The Shankweiler Scholars Program brings our strong history in pre-med together with our liberal arts mission to graduate well-rounded students. It’s a natural fit.”

Muhlenberg President John Williams

“The medical schools we’ve spoken with want students who offer skills and interest in disciplines outside of the traditional sciences,” says President John Williams. “The Shankweiler Scholars Program brings our strong history in pre-med to­gether with our liberal arts mission to graduate well-rounded students. It’s a natural fit.”

The honors program is named for John Shankweiler, a 1921 Muhlenberg alumnus and a renowned and beloved biology professor, remembered for his untiring advancement of the sciences and excellent teaching. Current faculty and staff continue this effort across the sciences, humanities and arts, and an interdisciplinary faculty advisory committee will provide students with mentorship and guidance throughout their Muhlenberg experience and the medical school application process.

Students accepted into the Shank­weiler Scholars Program will receive a merit award and participate in a curriculum that supports the human dimensions of medical practice to complement the standard academic preparation for medical school. The Shankweiler Scholars Program will help position students for admis­sion to leading U.S. medical schools, including Boston University School of Medicine and Temple Universi­ty School of Medicine, with which Muhlenberg has cooperative admis­sions agreements.

About Muhlenberg College
Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg is a highly selective, private, four-year residential, liberal arts college offering baccalaureate and graduate programs. With an enrollment of approximately 2,200 students, Muhlenberg College is dedicated to shaping creative, compassionate, collaborative leaders through rigorous academic programs in the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences; selected preprofessional programs, including accounting, business, education and public health; and progressive workforce-focused post-baccalaureate certificates and master’s degrees. Located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, approximately 90 miles west of New York City, Muhlenberg is a member of the Centennial Conference, competing in 22 varsity sports. Muhlenberg is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.