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Grand Challenges Scholars

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

SLU 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 certificate from the National Academy of Engineering and your name will also be included in the NAE roster. You will be recognized as a grand challenges scholar with a medallion during the pre-commencement celebration.

You must meet the following criteria to enter the Saint Louis University Grand Challenges 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 plan of study approved by one of the Grand Challenges Scholars Program directors, faculty mentor and GCSP steering committee.

Register to Receive Future Grand Challenges Scholars Program Communication/Events 

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Scott Sell., at or Dr. Brian Woods at