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Mark S. Wrighton Award Recipient
Impact in Career & Community
Scholars for life give back
McDonnell Academy Alumni are a group of future global leaders who have been shaped by their time together in graduate or professional degree study at Washington University and are “Scholars for Life”. The Wrighton Award will honor those alumni who “give back”, exemplifying outstanding leadership through professional and personal development.
McDonnell Academy Annual Highlights
Inspiring emerging leaders to address global challenges
A snapshot of McDonnell Academy impact for the year
As an innovative program that promotes new ideas and develops emerging leaders, the McDonnell International Scholars Academy continues to evolve to meet the needs of its Scholars by preparing them to be culturally competent, collaborative, committed global citizens who address the world’s most complex challenges.
Why should you become a McDonnell Scholar?
The McDonnell International Scholars Academy provides the network with which Washington University in St. Louis incubates new ideas and mentors future leaders. Through our partnerships, we lead groundbreaking research projects and prepare our Scholars to be effective leaders in a global community.Learn More
Visionaries for the Future
Scholars are selected on the basis of their promise to become future leaders in academia, government, the professions, or the corporate world. The Academy provides academic, cultural, and social opportunities to help Scholars develop into future leaders knowledgeable about the world and critical international issues.View All Scholars
The ringside view of policymaking that was afforded to me during the (cohort) trip allowed me to appreciate the particular challenges encountered while solving real-world problems.Ganesh Chelluboyina McDonnell Scholar | Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
A special feature of the McDonnell Academy is that each Scholar has a mentor. Each mentor also serves as an ambassador. The Ambassadors are distinguished faculty who serve as mentors to Scholars and are charged with strengthening collaboration with our partner universities. Collaborative efforts engage WashU faculty and students, and those of the partner universities, activities that enhance scholarship and international
The McDonnell International Scholars Academy is educating the next generation of leaders to collaboratively take on the emerging global challenges of their times. I am privileged to be a mentor for these young leaders and to work with the international partners on such an important mission.Young-Shin Jun Professor of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, McKelvey School of Engineering, and McDonnell Ambassador, Seoul National University, South Korea
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Reaffirming the intrinsic value of our international community
Chancellor Andrew D. Martin
Members of our WashU community who come to us from around the world play a vital role in making the university the exceptional institution it is today.