SJU Welcomes John P. McNulty Scholars and Associates

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

by Amanda Sapio '13

PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 24, 2013) — Saint Joseph’s University and Anne Welsh McNulty have awarded seven young women the John P. McNulty Scholarship for Excellence in Science and Math. Four of the scholars will receive four-year, full-tuition, merit-based scholarships and will participate in an intensive mentoring and research program. The remaining three scholars hold Associate positions, receiving partial-tuition scholarships, mentoring and research opportunities.

This years’ fifth cohort of McNulty Scholars includes Jane Bukovec of Robbinsville, N.J., Valerie Jenkins of Mertztown, Pa., Karen Medina of La Libertad, El Salvador, and Marissa Tremoglie of Downingtown, Pa. The three Associates are Sarah Cooney of Mifflinburg, Pa., Courtney Hulbert of Chantilly, Va., and Elizabeth Storm of Wilmington, Del.

“McNulty Scholars are young women who dare to be the best,” 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 Goldman Sachs’ Investment Management Division, and served on the Management Committee. “John exuded energy, creativity and ambition. Through this program, we hope to ignite the same extraordinary spirit in others.”

The McNulty Scholarship program aligns with the University’s efforts to enhance women’s professional success in the fields of science, technology and mathematics. “The scholars are immersed in a challenging learning environment designed to inspire them to seek and assume leadership roles at the top of their professions,” says Christina King Smith, Ph.D., professor of biology and director of the scholarship program.

Despite the increasing number of young women who pursue an education in mathematics or the sciences, they are still consistently underrepresented in top positions in those professions. “John was a firm believer in the power of women to achieve greatness in their chosen fields,” says McNulty. “He inspired them to take risks and challenged them to tackle problems creatively and enthusiastically.”

The scholarship recipients will also hold internships in business and research settings, complete a senior capstone experience and attend activities to enhance their networking, marketing and communications skills. “Because hands-on experience is a critical component of success, the scholars engage in faculty-mentored research in mathematics, computer science, actuarial science or one of the natural sciences,” says King Smith.

Each scholar is assigned a faculty mentor. Debbie Lurie, Ph.D., professor of mathematics and director of the Actuarial Science Program, will mentor Bukovec, an actuarial science major; Edwin Li, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, will mentor Jenkins, a chemical biology major. Jean Smolen, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, will mentor Medina, an environmental science major, and Julia Lee-Soety, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, will mentor Tremoglie, a biology major. For the Associate program, Eileen Grogan, Ph.D., professor of biology, and King Smith will mentor Cooney, Hulbert and Storm.

In addition, the upper-class scholars will serve as mentors to the newest cohort. “Mentorship experiences will help prepare the scholars to be leaders in these highly competitive professions that are so vital to the national economy,” King Smith says.

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 endowment fund and leading the formation of the New York Council of SJU alumni, parents and friends. Throughout his life, he mentored many young associates and always challenged women to achieve their fullest potential.

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As Philadelphia's Jesuit, Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. SJU ranks as a top university in the Northeast, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and AACSB accreditation of the  Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The University is also deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, earning a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With courses offered on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.


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