Nitze Alumni: Where are they now?

Lisa in the Peace Corps in Kenya

The world finds Nitze Scholars in a wide range of walks of life. Cookie cutters have their place...in the kitchen.

The Nitze Experience

JaVon and Emily learning how things work in Senegal

The Paul H. Nitze Program offers:

  • three special seminars for each student
  • cultural outings to DC/Baltimore paid for by the program
  • special meetings with high-profile campus visitors
  • an international study tour paid for by the program
  • a stipend of $3000 per year for participants

Commencement Honors 

(As recommended by the Nitze Scholars Committee, October 2000, subsequently approved by the Faculty Senate, and revised by the Nitze Scholars Committee, December 2009)

             The Nitze Scholars Committee meets at the end of each spring semester to make final, binding decisions on appropriate commencement honors for each graduating Nitze Scholar.  Each Nitze Scholar's level of commencement honor is printed in the commencement program.  The following criteria are ranked in order of importance.  Differences in rankings of portfolios are based on the level of reflection and the breadth of academic and extracurricular experience captured in the Nitze portfolio.  In addition to fulfilling all other Nitze Scholars Program requirements:

For the designation "Nitze Scholars Program Distinction," a student should have:

  • Developed a "Distinguishing" Leadership/Service Portfolio, which includes consistently distinctive completion of the required components of the portfolio and distinguishing reflections
  • Completed a Saint Mary's Project, worthy of an A for 8 credits, evaluated by the mentor as outstanding in initiation, independence, process, and product
  • Earned a minimum 3.5 GPA in Nitze Scholars Program seminars and tutorials
  • Demonstrated exceptional service or leadership either to an off-campus community, to the College, or to the Nitze Scholars Program.

For the designation "Nitze Scholars Program Commendation," a student should have:

  • Developed an "Excellent" Leadership/Service Portfolio, which includes at least consistently excellent completion of the required components of the portfolio and excellent reflections
  • Completed a St. Mary's Project, worthy of at least an A- for 8 credits, evaluated by mentor as at least excellent in initiation, independence, process, and product.
  • Earned a minimum 3.5 GPA in Nitze Scholars Program seminars and tutorials
  • Demonstrated consistent service or leadership either to an off-campus community, to the College, or to the Nitze Scholars Program.

For the designation "Nitze Scholars Program Recognition," a student should have:

  • Developed a "Good" Leadership/Service Portfolio, which includes at least consistently good completion of the required components of the portfolio and good reflections
  • Completed a St. Mary's Project, worthy of at least a B for 8 credits
  • Earned at least a 3.00 GPA in Nitze Scholars Program seminars and tutorials.       

For the designation "Nitze Scholars Program Participation," a student should have:

  • Developed a "Satisfactory" Leadership/Service Portfolio, which includes satisfactory completion of the required components of the portfolio and satisfactory reflections
  • Completed a St. Mary's Project of at least C quality for 8 credits
  • Earned at least a 3.00 GPA in Nitze Scholars Program seminars and tutorials.

Barring extenuating circumstances, a student who fails to submit a finished Leadership/Service Portfolio by the date due, OR who submits a completed but unsatisfactory St. Mary's Project of less than "C" quality, will NOT be permitted to graduate from the Nitze Scholars Program.  The Nitze Scholars Committee has normally dropped such students from the Program, and, following the exhaustion of any appeals, the Provost has always upheld those decisions and required the student to complete general college requirements of the student's catalog year in order to graduate.