In the aftermath of September 11, the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust made a generous pledge and created an endowment to promote a new generation of leadership in New York City. The William R. Kenan Scholars Program was founded to enhance honors education at CUNY by sponsoring a group of outstanding Macaulay students who have demonstrated an early commitment to service and civic engagement.
Macaulay campus advisors nominate a small number of first year students who have committed themselves to public service in an outstanding way. Nominated students then submit an application to be part of the program. From these applications, four Macaulay students per graduating class are chosen to be Kenan Leadership Scholars.
The goals of the William R. Kenan Scholars Program at Macaulay Honors College are threefold:
The program offers unique experiences and opportunities with the aim of fostering each student’s individual gifts—as well as encouraging cooperative endeavors—and preparing them to make substantial contributions in their chosen fields after graduation. Through the Kenan Scholars program we seek to make thought operational, to combine intellectual rigor with high adventure.
Funding is available to enable Kenan Scholars to conceive and carry out projects of their own devising. Our goal is to encourage new research and student-generated experiments in community and critical thinking.