A Scripps education teaches students to think critically, tolerate ambiguity, encounter difference with curiosity, and problem solve by reaching for new perspectives and lines of inquiry. Across the globe, our students, faculty, and alumnae are using these skills to tackle issues of international relevance – bringing the world to Scripps and Scripps to the world in their scholarship, entrepreneurship, research, and teaching.


The extent of a Scripps’ worldwide influence might surprise you. Did you know that our alumnae network currently spans over 2,000 cities around the world? Scripps graduates have a hand in shaping international advancements in art, business, medicine, law, politics, science, and much more.


Did you know that Scripps is one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Award recipients? Since 1946, the Fulbright program has enabled our students, faculty, and alumnae to pursue research and teaching opportunities in more than 140 countries, setting many of them on career paths focused on finding solutions to the world’s most vexing problems. Similar, Scripps students regularly receive Thomas J. Watson Fellowships, which support one year of international travel, exploration, and independent study. Recent winners have pursued topics ranging from citizen journalism to disability access initiatives at opera houses around the world.


Did you know that Scripps is one of the only 10 colleges in the United States to host a European Union Center? Since 1998, the center has provided opportunities for Scripps students to intern at organizations based in Europe and has hosted on-campus conferences and lectures on European political and economic issues and their reverberations in the international community.


This issue of the magazine focuses on just a few of the ways in which Scripps’ rigorous liberal arts education is having a global impact, from the students and alumnae whose passion projects are guiding them from destinations far from home, to the faculty members whose research is helping us to better understand our world. I hope you will take a moment, wherever you are, to reconnect with Scripps through their stories.

Lara Tiedens