Shakeer's Story

UMB CURE Scholars Program A Project of Community Engagement

The UMB CURE Scholars Program is a groundbreaking science pipeline program that prepares sixth- to 12th-grade students in West Baltimore forhealth care and research careers through hands-on workshops, lab experiences, and mentorship. UMB's sixth- and seventh-grade CURE Scholars are the youngest ever to participate in the National Cancer Institute's Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) national program. Other partners include Baltimore City Public Schools and private as well as public businesses. Support from individuals and companies will enable the program, which is driven to build a diverse biomedical workforce, to change the trajectory of children growing up in poverty and in vulnerable situations. Your donation will help to:

  • Offer more hands-on science/STEM experiences
  • Train more mentors
  • Provide more workforce development opportunities to families
  • Expand to additional West Baltimore School sites
  • Expose, inspire, and excite under-represented minorities to become cancer researchers and health care providers

    Monetary Donations
    Your financial gift directly supports program enrichment and necessities for scholars such as field trips, clothing, food for scholar families, transportation for mentors and scholars, educational technology, school supplies, and hygiene kits.

    Your gift of $1,250 funds:
    • One field trip to a conference for a scholar or a mentor. Your support pays for airfare, food, lodging, and registration, sending scholars and mentors to important conferences in the field of cancer research.
    Your gift of $1,000 funds:
    • 25 tickets to the National Aquarium in Baltimore
    • 40 tickets to the Maryland Science Center
    • 70 tickets to the Maryland Zoo
    • 100 mentor T-shirts
    • 65 Thanksgiving turkeys for CURE Families
    Your gift of $500 funds:
    • Transportation = two buses for science enrichment field trip
    • Maryland Science Olympiad supplies for one school
    • 50 mentor T-shirts
    Your gift of $250 funds:
    • Maryland Science Olympiad membership fee for one school
    • 25 mentor T-shirts
    • 1 Chromebook with care for scholar
    Your gift of $100 funds:
    • Supply cabinet with lock for one school
    • Van transportation cost for mentors to travel to scholars' school
    • 10 mentor T-shirts
    • School supply kits for scholars ($50 each)
    • Hygiene and grooming supply kits for scholars ($50 each)
    • 1 Kindle Fire ($50) and case ($20)

    For more information, please contact Dr. Robin Saunders, executive director, UMB CURE Scholars Program.



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      Fantastic program providing concrete opportunities for young Baltimoreans.
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      Nancy and I are delighted to be able to give to recognize the great work being done by all who are making CURE special.
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      This is a wonderful program producing concrete results! I'm happy to support it.
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      UMB CURE Scholars like Shakeer, Courtney etc.. very much reminds me of myself...I am excited about the possibilities their future holds.
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      a great program for a great city!
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