About Sallie Rosen Kaplan
The Sallie Rosen Kaplan Fellowship for Women Scientists in Cancer Research was established in 2000 through the estate of Sallie Rosen Kaplan.
Mrs. Kaplan was deeply committed to education. A graduate of a Weehawken, New Jersey high school, she was accepted at the University of Michigan, but was unable to enroll and attend due to family responsibilities. She helped her family while her two older brothers attended college and law school. Later, after marriage to George Kaplan, a lawyer, Mrs. Kaplan assisted as a legal aide in his law practice. Although she could not pursue her own education to the extent that she wished, Mrs. Kaplan had a deep, abiding interest in the education of her family members and especially of women.
In creating the terms of her bequest, Mrs. Kaplan's intent was to help support biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health. The Sallie Rosen Kaplan Fellowship for Women Scientists in Cancer Research was established to provide additional mentoring opportunities by strengthening leadership skills, and is awarded annually.