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 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

N.B.: The Nitze Scholars Program is no longer considering admissions for the fall of 2014.


During the 2013-2014 year, Nitze Scholars will, among other activities:

  • study the ethics of global aid, including whether and why those in well-off nations should give aid to those in much poorer nations;
  • study abroad for full semesters in places like Granada, Pondicherry, Oxford, and Buenos Aires;
  • participate in a three-week study tour to South Africa, after having studied for the spring semester how that country's leaders managed to move from apartheid to a democracy with much less bloodshed than most people expected;
  • join in meals with various speakers and performers visiting St. Mary's;
  • present at conferences in Rotterdam and New Orleans;
  • attend performances of various plays in Baltimore and D.C.

Then there are the trips to museums, the getting lost in the maize maze, Haiku & Fondue nights, the Bonfire of the Inanities, and other gatherings large and small, planned and spontaneous.

The Nitze Scholars Program is designed for highly motivated students with exceptional academic potential and a demonstrated interest in studying leadership and practicing service.  As part of a small cohort of peers (about 15 enter each year), Nitze Scholars meet some of the components of the core curriculum through a series of thematically organized interdisciplinary courses with special components such as a study-tour abroad and collaborative activities on campus, in addition to being required to satisfy some proficiencies (two from among: writing, mathematics, foreign language) at an advanced level.

Last year, Nitze Scholars:

  • studied such issues as whether good leadership should aim to enhance the happiness of those for whom the leader is responsible, or enhance their freedom (and whether and why enhancing freedom doesn't always enhance happiness);
  • attended and made presentations in Boston in November at the annual conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council and in Germantown, Maryland in March at the annual conference of the Maryland Collegiate Honors Council;
  • participated in a 2-week study tour to Turkey in May, after having studied the ways in which Turkey's leaders are trying to modernize its economy and political system while retaining as much as possible of its cultural traditions;
  • met and dined with Sister Helen Prejean, a nun from Louisiana who has worked for the abolition of the death penalty, and the author of Dead Man Walking (in the film version of which she was played by Susan Sarandon) and The Death of Innocents;
  • studied abroad for full semesters in places like Dublin, Oxford, Australia, and Bonaire.