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Grand Challenge Scholars

Saint Louis University’s Grand Challenge Scholars program gives undergraduate engineering and science students the opportunity to make the world a better, more inclusive place.

Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology is one of a select few engineering schools in the United States to offer the Grand Challenges Scholars program, which is designed to prepare students to address the grand challenges facing society this century.

The prestigious National Academy of Engineering endorses the program as a pipeline to create engineers with the necessary skills, cross-disciplinary knowledge, entrepreneurial spirit, global perspective and sense of mission needed to serve and lead this country.

The academy has identified 14 grand challenges of the future, and students at the college have the unique opportunity to help solve these crucial issues. As a Grand Challenges Scholar, you will receive a certification on your transcript from the National Academy of Engineers, one of the highest honors in the industry.

You must meet the following criteria to enter the Saint Louis University Grand Challenge Scholars Program:  

  • Be an engineering or science major at the sophomore level who has completed at least 30 semester-hours in your program of study with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have a GCSP plan of study approved by the GCSP director, faculty mentor and GCSP steering committee

Contact Michelle Sabick, Ph.D., dean and GCSP director, at or 314-977-8282.