Grand Challenge Scholars Program

The National Academy of Engineering has identified 14 grand challenges of the future, and students at the college have the unique opportunity to help solve these crucial challenges.

Saint Louis University Offers Unique Program Forming Engineers of the Future

Saint Louis University’s Grand Challenge Scholars program gives students the opportunity to make the world a better, more inclusive place. Students can be a part of a unique learning experience, one that can significantly enhance their education and set them apart as nationally recognized engineers. As a Grand Challenges Scholar, the student receives a certification on their transcript from the National Academy of Engineers, one of the highest honors in the industry.

SLU is one of a select few engineering programs in the United States to offer the Grand Challenges Scholars program. It is an elite program designed to prepare students to be the next generation of problem-solvers, addressing 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. SLU is ideally suited to educate these future leaders.

National Academy of Engineering Identifies Key Challenges of the 21st Century

The National Academy of Engineering, with some of the most accomplished engineering and scientific experts in the world, provides engineering leadership and service to the nation. The committee proposed 14 challenges facing the planet in the 21st century. The committee states, “As the population grows and its needs and desires expand, the problem of sustaining civilization’s continuing advancement, while still improving the quality of life, looms more immediate.”

Download Saint Louis University’s GCSP brochure

Become a Grand Challenge Scholar

Students must meet the following criteria to enter the Saint Louis University Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP):    

  • Be an engineering or science major at the sophomore level that has completed at least 30 semester-hours in their program of study and has 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. Download the SLU GCSP Plan of Study Form.

Michelle Sabick, Ph.D., Dean
(314) 977-8282