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Student Scholars

DU Grand Challenges Student Scholars is a faculty-student mentoring program. The goal of the program is to provide a structured opportunity for students to integrate learning across DU experiences that are relevant to DU Grand Challenges issue areas (improving daily living, increasing economic opportunity, and advancing deliberation and action for the public good in our communities), and to reflect on their public identities and potential to contribute to work on complex public problems. Faculty members mentor students in critical reflection on the intersection between students' future aspirations, their DU education, and public good work.

Become a Scholar!

The DU Grand Challenges Student Scholars online application is available here.  For more information about DU Grand Challenges Student Scholars, please click here.

Featured Portfolios


Kelly Bonk

Kelly is a second year student majoring in Biology and minoring in Spanish.

Kelly's Portfolio

Madelyne Heinken

Madalyne is a first year student majoring in Theatre and with a double minor in Leadership Studies and Gender and Women's Studies.

Madalyne's Portfolio

Haley Paez

Haley is a transfer student majoring in Psychology. 

Haley's Portfolio

In their words...

Check out what this year's DU Grand Challenges Student Scholars had to say about the program.

My experience working with [DU Grand Challenges Student Scholars] has led me to think about issues at both a systemwide level and personal one. This is different from previous iterations of my thinking because I have been forced to think through lenses other than my own. Discussions at forums and other community events have allowed me to put faces to experiences, seeing an issue through someone else's story. My research has also allowed me to look at system wide changes and problems outside of my own personal stake. Third year student, Political Science & Public Policy
Through reflection on my role in contributing to the public good, I am much more able to articulate what the public good means to me and how I can apply it to my field of study. I am very interested in public health and the social determinants of health, and through this program I came to better understand where I fit within that field. Second year student, Biology

The DU Grand Challenge Champions project is supported by funding from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, whose core belief is that "an educated society strengthens democracy through principled, thoughtful and compassionate leadership."