Voelcker Biosciences Teacher Academy (VBTA)

About the Voelckers

Max H. Voelcker and Minnie Alma Tomerlin met and married in San Antonio, Texas. The Voelckers owned and operated a dairy farm for many years in San Antonio. Max died in August of 1980 and Minnie continued to live in their home until her death in December of 2000.

The Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Fund is a private foundation funding a variety of charities. Many of the charitable organizations that are funded by the Voelckers engage in medical research and many annual distributions are awarded in areas of research to find cures for cancer, arthritis, heart disease, retinitis, maculative degeneration, and muscular dystrophy. Funds also go to Boysville, Inc. in San Antonio, and the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health Care Corporation for the care of disabled children in need of medical treatment and financial assistance.

The creation of the Voelcker Biosciences Teacher Academy (VBTA) aligns with the Voelcker Fund goals in two ways. First, it can teach about the biology and prevention of illnesses important to the Fund (cancer, heart disease, macular degeneration and muscular dystrophy). Second, the VBTA can broaden the impact of the teachers on many middle and high school students. Having a well educated, scientifically literate population supportive of biomedical research has a major impact on the health and prosperity of San Antonio citizens. Teacher professional development is the primary strategy of the VBTA to improve student achievement.

For more information about the Voelckers and their funding, go to voelckerfund.org.