SJU Welcomes John P. McNulty Scholars in Science and Math
Alumnus memorialized through unique merit-based full-tuition scholarships for women
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
PHILADELPHIA (September 8, 2010) - Saint Joseph’s University and Anne Welsh McNulty have announced the second cohort of young women to receive the John P. McNulty Scholarship for Excellence in Science and Math. The three scholars, Catherine Elorette of Cedar Knolls, N.J., Annamarie Everman of Philadelphia, Pa., and Lisa Mariani of Delran, N.J., will each receive a four-year, full-tuition, merit-based scholarship.
McNulty“McNulty Scholars are those young women who dare to be the best,” says McNulty, a former managing director of Goldman Sachs, whose generous support of the program honors her late husband, alumnus John P. McNulty ’74. “John exuded energy, creativity and ambition. Through this program, we hope to ignite the same extraordinary spirit in others.”
The scholarship program is especially suited to Saint Joseph’s dedication to creating a culture that nurtures women’s professional success. Female students are pursuing higher-level academic and professional activities in increasing numbers, and earned nearly 50 percent of undergraduate math, science and technology degrees awarded by the University between 2004 and 2008. Yet even as women are educated in mathematics and the sciences in greater numbers, they are still largely underrepresented in leadership positions in industry and academia. At the core of the McNulty Scholars program is the ambition to create a challenging learning environment that will inspire recipients to reach the top ranks of the science and math professions.
Hands-on experience is a critical component of the program. “The McNulty Scholars engage in full-time, faculty-mentored research in the areas of mathematics, computer science or one of the natural sciences,” says Michael P. McCann, Ph.D., the scholarship program director and associate dean for mathematics and science in the College of Arts and Sciences. “They will also participate in corporate-subsidized internships in various private-sector industry, business or research and development settings.”
In addition to internships, scholars participate in a senior capstone experience, as well as professional development activities to bolster networking, marketing and communication skills.
McCann notes that applications to the program have doubled, adding that the three inaugural scholars, who are rising sophomores, recently completed summer research projects or an internship. “Kim Nguyen, Corinna Noel and Molly (Maura) Southwell have had the benefit of a full year of the program and the close interaction with faculty mentors that it provides. They are now positioned to move into mentorship roles for the young women of the second cohort. These experiences will help prepare them to be leaders in their future careers, providing a long-lasting impact that goes well beyond the scholars themselves.”
“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.”
McNultyAlumnus John P. McNulty ’74 is remembered for his leadership at Goldman Sachs, where he headed the Investment Management Division and served as a member of the Management Committee. He is also known for his leadership in philanthropy, especially his dedication to Saint Joseph’s University. As an undergraduate accounting major, McNulty served as student body president and later became a respected member of the Saint Joseph’s University Board of Trustees, managing the University endowment and leading the formation of the New York Council of SJU alumni, parents and friends. Throughout his life, he sought to mentor younger associates and to challenge women to achieve their fullest potential.