Pomp and Circumstance: The Karabots Junior Fellows Graduation

Students from the first cohort of Karabots Junior Fellows share their experience at the 2016 KJF graduation ceremony

Since 2009, the Karabots Junior Fellows Program has hosted four cohorts of 20-24 promising Philadelphia high school students with an interest in pursuing a career in health care. This June marked a momentous achievement in the history of the Program: the graduation of two cohorts. The KJF3s celebrated their graduation from high school, while many of the KJF1s, the first students to ever enter the Program, recently graduated from college. Many of these students are the first in their family to go to college; needless to say, we were all excited and proud.

On June 15, students from all four cohorts joined together with family, staff, and other well-wishers to celebrate their accomplishments. Every student graduating from KJF3 received a certificate to mark their completion of the Program. At the end of the event several members of the first cohort of Karabots Fellows gave brief speeches, sharing their experiences, future ambitions, and advice to the younger Fellows. We also took time to honor the most recent cohort of Karabots Junior Fellows, who completed their first year having become experts in forensic science and game design.

We are honored to announce students from KJF1 have graduated (or will soon graduate) from the following institutions:

Barnard College
Dennison University
LaSalle University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Penn State University-Abington
Penn State University-Altoona
Penn State University-Main Campus
Temple University
University of Pittsburgh
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Ursinus College
Villanova University

Many of them have received degrees in some branch of helathcare (including nursing, psychology, nutrition, and public health) and several plan on pursuing advanced degrees.

Kevin, one of the graduating Karabots Junior Fellows, receives his certificate of completion from CEPI Director Jacqui Bowman

Meanwhile, students from KJF3 will be starting the next leg of their academic journey at the following institutions:

Albright College
Community College of Philadelphia
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
Haverford College
Hofstra University
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
LaSalle University
Lycoming College
Neumann University
Northhampton Community College
Rosemont College
Shippensburg University
Southern Vermont College
Temple University
University of New Haven

Most of them have received financial aid awards and several have even earned full college scholarships! We are extremely proud of their accomplishments and are certain they will go far.

The Karabots Junior Fellows Program is made possible through the generous contributions of Nicholas and Athena Karabots and the Karabots Foundation, and we are extremely thankful for their continued support.

Image of Nicholas and Athena Karabots taken at the 2016 KJF graduation ceremony



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