Boule Foundation Establishes the Jackson/Minton Scholarship at Jefferson
On July 26, 2016, Jefferson hosted a reception honoring the founders of Sigma Pi Phi, two of whom graduated from Jefferson: Henry McKee Minton, MD 1906, and Algernon Brashear Jackson, MD 1901 (the medical college’s first African-American graduate). Also known as the Boulé, Sigma Pi Phi is one of the nation’s most prestigious cultural organizations, boasting members who are leading politicians, businessmen and scientists supporting the community and inspiring young people to work hard and succeed in life. Legendary members include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., W.E.B. Dubois, Ralph Bunche, Arthur Ashe, Hank Aaron and Ambassador Andrew J. Young.
The reception, which drew more than 300 attendees, was an official event of the Democratic National Convention and introduced the Drs. Algernon Brashear Jackson & Henry McKee Minton Endowed Scholarship Fund campaign at SKMC. Recognizing the dire shortage of African American males pursuing a medical degree, Jefferson is committed to improving the diversity of SKMC’s student body. The Jackson/Minton Scholarship will support this goal, providing tuition funding to African-American men aspiring to attend SKMC.