The Glynn Family Honors Program offers select undergraduates the opportunity to pursue academic excellence within a community of like-minded learners. Glynn scholars engage in lively intellectual discussions in seminar-style honors classes, undertake original research, and develop meaningful mentoring relationships with some of the University’s top professors. Glynn scholars graduate from Notre Dame well prepared for elite Ph.D. programs, top medical and law schools, prestigious service programs, and a wide range of fulfilling careers in business and industry.
Glynn Scholar Kyle Witzigman Awarded Fulbright Scholarship
Forty-eight current University of Notre Dame students and alumni have been recognized by theFulbright U.S. Scholar Program for grants taking place in 2016-17, with 27 finalists, 11 alternates and 10 semifinalists named.
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, offering students grants to conduct research, study and teach abroad. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education. This year’s number is expected to raise Notre Dame’s national ranking to one of the top 10 universities in the country for 2016-2017.
The number of Notre Dame students and alumni recognized is nearly double the previous University record, and the number of winners is 59 percent higher than the previous Notre Dame record of 17, set last year. According to Thomas Burish, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost, “This is wonderful news. Fulbright is one of the oldest, most respected and most effective programs in the world for international student engagement. On behalf of all the faculty, I offer heartfelt congratulations to our applicants whether or not they received an award. We know that going through the process required considerable time and effort, and that it can lead to a much greater understanding of global issues. To those who received the award and will be traveling to places all around the world, we send our best wishes for much success and fulfillment in their work.”
Glynn Scholar John "Jack" Grefenstette Awarded Yenching Scholarship
John Grefenstette has been awarded the Yenching Scholarship, one of two new international scholarships China has created based on the Rhodes/Gates-Cambridge models. John will be studying on the “Philosophy and Religion” track at the Yenching Academy at Peking University in the fall. The Academy offers a residential program with the goal of creating a community of enthusiastic, globally oriented young innovators in the heart of China's top university. Such close proximity to the academic infrastructure of Peking University creates a unique opportunity to participate and fully immerse oneself in the life of the university. http://yenchingacademy.org/scholarship.
Abby Davis, a political science major from Avon Lake, Ohio, has been named valedictorian of the 2016 University of Notre Dame graduating class. A member of the Glynn Family Honors Program and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Davis is also a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar and has a 3.99 cumulative grade point average. She will graduate with minors in philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) and Russian.
Two juniors in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, Caleb “C.J.” Pine and Christa Grace Watkins, have been named 2016 Truman Scholars. Established in 1975 as a living memorial to President Harry S. Truman, the prestigious scholarship includes $30,000 in graduate study funds, priority admission and supplemental financial aid at select institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and internship opportunities within the federal government.