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Ryan Scholars

The Ryan Scholars Program was established by the generous donation of Patrick and Shirley Ryan in 2007 to financially support and attract high-achieving, lower-income students with exceptional leadership potential to attend Northwestern without incurring significant loan debt.

Ryan Scholars are a group of gifted, motivated students who bring energy, talent, and intellectual curiosity to the Northwestern community. Each year, students who demonstrate commitment to service and leadership, as well as outstanding academic performance, are selected to become Ryan Scholars prior to attending Northwestern.  

Throughout their four years, in addition to funding, Ryan Scholars have the opportunity to attend select programming and community events.