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A First for SU

Written by Stacy Howard and Mike Thee
February 14, 2011

Kevin Grove, C.S.C. ('04), has won the prestigious Gates-Cambridge Trust Scholarship. With the award, Fr. Grove will complete a doctorate in philosophical theology at the University of Cambridge in England. He is one of only 30 scholars in the United States selected from more than 800 applicants, and the only winner from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.

“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. The consequences of this theological research extend to the ways in which individuals, societies, believers and unbelievers approach the moral action of forgiveness.”

“It is a great tribute to Seattle University that the Gates-Cambridge Trust has recognized Kevin’s talent and the importance of his proposed research,” said Jerry Cobb, S.J., currently provincial assistant for formation and the provincial assistant for higher education for the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus and one of Grove’s advisors during his time at SU.

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 1,000 scholars from 90 countries have received the fellowship.

“Kevin is a most impressive thinker,” said Kate Koppelman, associate professor of English and the faculty advisor for British scholarships. Koppelman, who helped prepare Grove for his Gates-Cambridge interview, said, “I was particularly impressed with Kevin’s ability to articulate the value of careful, critical and deep thinking—practices nourished in the Humanities—not only for his own project, but  also for accomplishing the stated  larger goal of the trust of improving the lives of others. This is an exciting and well-deserved accomplishment for Kevin, but it also speaks to the strength of the Humanities at Seattle University.”

At SU, Grove was a triple major in English, philosophy and history. The Hobson, Mont., native 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 April 2010. He returned to SU just days after his ordination to say Mass at the Chapel of St. Ignatius. 

For more information on the Gates-Cambridge scholarship, contact Kate Koppelman in the English Department at and Luke Green in the Office of Fellowships at