The King Scholar Leadership Program

In 2012, Dorothy and Robert King '57 established the King Scholar Leadership Program to help address the problem of global poverty by funding exceptional students from developing nations in Latin America, Africa, and Asia at Dartmouth.

Selected for their drive, talent, and commitment to addressing problems of poverty in their own countries, King Scholars are awarded full scholarships to attend Dartmouth and are provided with ongoing academic mentorship and course development that focuses on leadership and international development throughout their Dartmouth career.

During one summer of their matriculation at Dartmouth, King Scholars return to their home community to research and write a report on how they would reduce extreme poverty in their country of origin, and are encouraged to return to their home countries after graduation to continue their work.

Freshman and sophomore King Scholars participate in King Leadership Week in Washington, DC and New York, where they meet with leaders in international development. Students gain context for work being done in the field, are exposed to the variety of organizations and approaches, and have the opportunity to network for future internships and/or employment.

The Scholars spend portions of their junior and senior years participating in international development internships with organizations such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, the World Justice Project, foreign ministries, international banking institutions, global NGO’s, and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative.

Post graduation, King Scholars are encouraged to return to their home countries. An alumni network, facilitated by the College, connects all current and past King Scholars with each other in a supportive community as they tackle the challenges of their home countries.