The Hanlon Scholars

In the spring of 2023, Dartmouth launched an innovative scholars program to honor the accomplishments of Philip J. Hanlon '77 throughout his decade of service as president of the institution.

The program, aimed at empowering undergraduate ideas and initiative to make positive change in society, will roll out over the 2023-24 academic year and select its first class of scholars from applicants to the Class of 2028.

Program Goals

The Hanlon Scholars Program aims to attract exceptional undergraduates who demonstrate a vigorous commitment to driving meaningful societal change. The program is designed to empower their idealism and initiative within a peer cohort of eight scholars per entering class, for a total of 32 students, through programming and rigorous research experiences across their undergraduate years. All Hanlon Scholars will work closely with faculty advisors and the program director to develop the confidence and skills to think independently and initiate their own solutions to challenges at the community, national, and international levels.

Academically distinguished students who exemplify Dartmouth's commitment to leadership and service and are accepted into the program will be named Hanlon Scholars upon admission.

Gentes Grants

All participating students will be offered experiential learning grants to pursue their ideas during each of their undergraduate years. These grants will be named for Gail Gentes, a champion of experiential learning, and will empower Hanlon Scholars to pursue hands-on learning through research, internships, and independent creative or entrepreneurial ventures. Research opportunities will be offered across the university wherever undergraduates are able to participate, including the Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and Tuck School of Business, as well as with members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Anyone wishing to express gratitude for President Emeritus Hanlon's service to Dartmouth may make a gift toward the financial aid scholarship portion of the program.