Muhlenberg College has been named the recipient of a major gift by alumni Drs. Thomas Burkholder ’70 and Judith McDonald Burkholder ’71. The Burkholders have allocated a substantial portion of their donation to provide financial aid for premedical students who are residents of the Lehigh Valley and who come from traditionally underserved populations.
“Privilege is a very real thing,” says Thomas Burkholder. “A lot of people don’t have the chance to attend college or to attend and graduate medical school. Hopefully, this gift will enable some people to fulfill that dream.”
The Burkholders’ gift will also be used in support of an expansion to Seegers Union that will provide additional space for preprofessional advising and the Career Center, among other improvements.
“I chose Muhlenberg [for my undergraduate studies] because of the College’s reputation for medical school admission,” says Judith Burkholder. “The premed education that Muhlenberg has provided for decades is excellent, and medical schools were aware of their rigorous program and the quality of the student graduating from Muhlenberg.”