Part of the McDonnell Academy’s core mission is to foster close relationships among future global leaders
Our goal is for alumni to rely on the McDonnell 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.
McDonnell Alumni Spotlight
Scholars for Life
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.Apply for the Wrighton Award
My experience in the McDonnell Academy transformed the way I look at the challenges of our world and has led me to think beyond traditional paradigms.Fernando Lopez Economist & 2023 Wrighton Award Recipient
McDonnell Academy Alumni Engagement
Sponsored in part by Cho-Yee and Patricia To to further advance McDonnell Academy Alumni initiatives, we continue to organize opportunities for engagement and networking as reminders that our alumni are Scholars for Life.
Read about how our alumni help current Scholars with career, leadership or personal goals. Watch the alumni-led discussions on career insights and regional trends.
Alumni and Scholars weigh in on the most valuable aspects of the session.
- “learning about alumni experiences during and after WashU.”
- “meeting alumni with a shared experience that said McDonnell Academy added value.”
McDonnell Academy Mentorship Network
Providing opportunities for engagement open to all of our alumni around the world, the McDonnell Academy Mentorship Network has been developed to help foster meaningful relationships among Scholars and McDonnell Alumni.
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