1973 Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania Alumnae Association members

The Alumnae Association of Woman’s Medical College was preserving a legacy when its members established the Trust Fund of the Alumnae/Alumni Association of the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1971, just as the College was about to become coeducational.

The Trust was to be "operated exclusively for charitable, scientific or educational purposes in connection with, and in furtherance of, the education of women at the Medical College of Pennsylvania."

The Medical College went through several institutional changes, eventually merging with Drexel University College of Medicine, which continues the mission of supporting and advancing women in the medical arts. In June of this year, the Trust Fund’s governing body finalized the plan to integrate its mission and programs into the College of Medicine and Drexel University, establishing the WMC-MCP Trust Endowed Fund, to be administered as part of the University’s pooled endowment.

"The transfer of the Trust will allow us to continue the legacy of the alumnae and alumni of WMC/MCP with greater visibility, with the full support of Drexel University," explains Elinor H. Cantor, PhD, MCP ’79, former president of the Trust.

The transfer of the Trust will allow us to continue the legacy of the alumnae and alumni of WMC/MCP with greater visibility, with the full support of Drexel University.

Although the Trust Fund is no longer an entity, the agreement ensures that its programs and scholarships continue intact. Alumni may continue to support the Trust Fund’s scholarships and awards as they have always done.

Over the years, the Trust has contributed to many good works, including the construction of the Legacy Center at the Queen Lane Campus, as well as provided ongoing support for the archives and special collections that reflect the history of the College and of women in medicine. In addition, the Trust has supported programs of the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at the College of Medicine, such as Woman One, which provides scholarships for under-represented students who come from severely disadvantaged backgrounds and who wish to practice medicine in poor rural or urban communities. It has also sponsored activities of the College’s nationally known Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program for women.

With this partnership comes growth as well. The Trust’s remaining unrestricted funds are being used to establish two new endowed scholarships including the WMC/ MCP Legacy Scholarship and the Ann Preston, MD, Scholarship. Both awards will support female medical students at the College whose career choice is primary care in underserved communities in Philadelphia.

"Becoming part of the institution allows every bit of our effort to be devoted to our mission," says Dr. Cantor.

The Trust Fund’s programs and scholarships are fully maintained by the University and supported through the generosity of College of Medicine alumni. Alumni who support women in medicine through scholarships and awards that are being sustained by the WMC-MCP Trust Endowed Fund are not only giving women in medicine the tools they need to succeed but also preserving the rich legacy of the Trust Fund.

"Together," says Dr. Cantor, "we will ensure ongoing support for generations of women to come."

Bas relief inside the entrance at the Henry Avenue building of the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania