In 2007 alumnus John W. Glynn and his wife, Barbara, made a $10 million gift to the University of Notre Dame to expand and fortify the joint honors program in the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Science.
The benefaction established the Glynn Family Honors Program, replacing the old Arts and Letters and Science Honors Program, which was established in 1983. Beginning with the fall 2007 semester, students accepted into the honors program became known as Glynn Scholars.
The Glynn gift enabled the program to admit 100 students per year - 400 overall - an increase from its previous classes of 60-80 students annually. The benefaction also allowed every student in the program to become eligible for summer research fellowships to pursue original research projects at Notre Dame or other universities around the world.
"This extraordinarily generous gift from John and his family will allow Notre Dame to continue attracting and educating the nation's most exceptional students," said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University. "The Glynn Family Honors Program will offer students an education of both the mind and the heart, preparing young scholars whose impact on the world will be felt for generations."