As part of the McDonnell Academy’s core mission to foster close relationships among future global leaders, our goal is for alumni to rely on the Academy networks and track-two diplomacy throughout their careers to address global issues.

McDonnell Academy alumni come from different degree programs, different partner universities and different regions around the world – facts that reflect the diversity found in our cohorts. As the numbers of alumni increase, we continue to organize opportunities for engagement and networking as reminders that they are Scholars for Life.

The McDonnell Academy has organized a special panel series featuring our Alumni. Hear from alumni Scholars who are established professionals – in international organizations, non-profits, academics, entrepreneurship, finance, law, and more. 

Upcoming Events


Alumni Panel Session: Innovation & Entrepreneurs

September 9, 2021
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

McDonnell Alumni Spotlight

Scholars for Life

McDonnell Alumni: Where are they now?

Our Scholars emerge from the McDonnell Academy program as global citizens and responsible leaders empowered to forge productive careers and impact global challenges.

See where our Alumni are working

I graduated from the Washington University School of Law in 2016, where I had the good fortune of being a McDonnell Academy Scholar.

Ashley Hammett Associate, Quinn Emanuel Trial Lawyers
McDonnell Scholars

Mark S. Wrighton Award for McDonnell Academy Alumni

Established in 2019 in honor of Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton, founder of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy, the award is presented to one McDonnell Alumnus a year. This award honors those alumni who “give back”, exemplifying outstanding leadership through professional and personal development.

Learn more about Wrighton Award

I hope we as McDonnel Scholars could bring the ‘Spirit of McDonnel Academy’ to wherever we end up professionally, in the quest for creative contributions that bring benefits to local and global society.

Li Chen Professor, Fudan University Law School, Shanghai; Inaugural recipient of Wrighton Alumni Award

Global Alumni and Parents Fellowship

The McDonnell Academy recognizes key sponsors for their support and commitment to the mission of international education.

View some of our sponsors