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Globally prepared: First Global Scholars cohort graduates in May

Apr 19, 2022
5 min Read
Eugene Curtin
Grace Hilbert Global Scholar Australia
Grace Hilbert is graduating in May as part of Creighton’s inaugural Global Scholars cohort. Here, she feeds a kangaroo in Australia.


For one group of Creighton University undergraduate student-scholars, the bricked walkways, multiple dining opportunities and modern buildings that enliven Creighton’s Omaha campus are a portal to global adventure.

These are the Global Scholars, members of a program inaugurated four years ago by Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD. Born of Fr. Hendrickson’s Creighton Global Initiative, which offers students, faculty and staff opportunities to embrace global perspectives, the program is celebrating its first graduating class of 16 Global Scholars in May.

“This marks a significant achievement for these students and a milestone for Creighton University,” Fr. Hendrickson says. “Our Global Scholars go beyond their comfort zones to embrace both the beautiful and harsh realities of the world in order to become more globally conversant, critically engaged, and open-hearted global citizens.”

Grace Hilbert, a biology major, says her Global Scholars experience in the remote mountain community of Venú in the Dominican Republic confirmed her decision to attend medical school after graduation.

“That experience shaped my understanding of the privilege of access to health care and the implications of a lack thereof for persons and communities,” she says.

Read more about the first cohort.