The Laidlaw Foundation is partnering with Barnard College through Beyond Barnard and the Athena Center for Leadership to offer up to 20 undergraduate students each year access to the Laidlaw Scholars Leadership and Research Program designed to develop a new generation of leaders committed to evidence-based truths and ethical leadership. 

September 23rd, 2021 | Read full story on Barnard’s website


The program, which will recruit its inaugural cohort beginning in December, will be open to Barnard first-years and sophomores from all majors. Laidlaw Scholars will complete faculty-mentored independent research on a topic of their design in their first summer in the program. The objective is to develop analytical, investigative, problem solving and data management skills. In their second summer, Scholars advance their leadership skills by either applying their research findings in the real world or working with an external organization partner to support disadvantaged groups. 

Provost and Dean of the Faculty Linda Bell said, “Laidlaw Scholars at Barnard will work closely with faculty mentors in research and practice directed to solving some of the most pressing problems facing us today in New York City and in the larger world.” She added that the partnership between Barnard and the Laidlaw Foundation, “will challenge students to think creatively about what it means to be a leader and scholar at this unique moment and place.”

Successful applicants will join a global network of more than 1,000 scholars from Ivy League and Russell Group universities, connecting them to The Laidlaw Scholars Network. This online community allows scholars to showcase their achievements, connect and collaborate with each other on meaningful projects, and ‘pay forward’ their expertise to help others succeed.

“We are tremendously proud to partner with the Laidlaw Foundation in this important program,” said A-J Aronstein, Dean of Beyond Barnard. “Barnard students are scholars and leaders by nature, and this program gives them the opportunity to explore how these identities intersect. It’s a chance to bridge the gap between the classroom and what happens outside it — which happens to be at the core of Beyond Barnard’s work.”

“Since 1889 Barnard has been challenging its undergraduates to stand out and take risks. The purpose of the college is to amplify their students’ power to change the world. This makes them the perfect partner for the Laidlaw Foundation as together we develop the Next Generation of Leaders who will break boundaries and lead with integrity,” said Susanna V. Kempe, CEO of the Laidlaw Foundation.

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