Ninth Cohort of McNulty Scholars Announced

The scholarship program supports young women who excel in STEM fields.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (September 21, 2017) — Saint Joseph’s University awarded eight women from the class of 2021 the John P. McNulty Scholarship for Excellence in Science and Math. Three scholars received four-year, full-tuition, merit-based scholarships and will take part in an intensive mentoring and research program. The remaining five students serve as associates, receiving a partial-tuition scholarship and opportunities for research and mentorship.

The ninth cohort of McNulty Scholars (pictued below, left to right) includes biology majors Thi Nguyen, from Oakton, Virginia; Iswarya Vel, from West Chester, Pennsylvania; and Maria Johnson, from Philadelphia. This year’s associates are Zoe Mrozek, an environmental science major from Baltimore; Michelle Wheatley, a dual mathematics and biology major from Spring City, Pennsylvania; Emily Lehman, a physics major from Mountain Top, Pennsylvania; Maura Flynn, a biology major from Beach Haven, New Jersey; and Gianna Penezic, a biology major from Havertown, Pennsylvania.

"McNulty Scholars are brilliant young women with great potential to be leaders in their fields,” says McNulty, a former managing director of Goldman Sachs, who generously supports the program in honor of her late husband, alumnus John P. McNulty ’74, who was head of the Goldman Sachs Investment Management Division and served on the management committee. "John always believed in supporting women’s voices and helping them reach their full potential. This is at the core of the spirit of this program.”

“The McNulty Scholars program is designed for talented young women and provides a challenging, supportive environment where students develop and hone their leadership skills,” says Paul Angiolillo, Ph.D. ’78 (B.S.), director of the program and professor of physics. “This program is unique, and poises our young women to move into leadership position in the STEM fields.”

The scholarship recipients will develop professional readiness through internships in business and research settings, a senior capstone experience and activities that enhance networking, marketing and communications skills. Additionally, each recipient receives a faculty mentor and guidance from the scholars in existing cohorts.

John P. McNulty ’74 is remembered for his philanthropy, strong leadership and dedication to Saint Joseph’s. As an undergraduate accounting major, he served as student body president and later became a member of the SJU Board of Trustees, managing the University’s endowment fund and leading the formation of the New York Council of SJU alumni, parents and friends. Throughout his life, he saw talent in young people and with his high expectations, his love and commitment he propelled them to do great things.  

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Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni — over 68,000 strong — provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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