SU Grad Earns One of World’s Most Prestigious Awards

Gates-Cambridge Trust Scholarship recipient earns spot to study in England
By Stacy Howard

Seattle University graduate Kevin Grove, C.S.C. (2004), has won the prestigious Gates-Cambridge Trust Cambridge Scholarship. He is one of only 30 scholars in the United States selected from more than 800 applicants. Grove will be fully funded to complete a doctorate in philosophical theology at the University of Cambridge in England. He is the only winner from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.     

The Gates-Cambridge Trust Scholarships were created in 2000 when the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a $210 million donation to the University of Cambridge to endow the program in order to build "a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others." Since the start of program, nearly 1000 scholars from 90 countries have received the fellowship. Grove is the first student from Seattle U to win the fellowship. He is also the first Catholic priest to receive the fellowship in the history of the program.   

 While at Seattle U, Grove was a triple major in English, Philosophy, and History. He was a Sullivan Scholar and a graduate of the Honors program.  After graduation he entered the Holy Cross community and was ordained a Catholic priest in 2010.   

 “At Seattle University, my education was shaped by a number of professors who challenged me to think critically.  I am truly grateful for their support intellectually and vocationally,” Grove said. “The Gates Cambridge fellowship enables me to study in a global setting how memory and forgetting affect spiritual and moral meaning in human interaction.” 

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