Professional Success and Community Impact
The Donaghey Scholars Program develops citizen scholars who are leaders in their professions and their communities, whether that is in the state of Arkansas or on the other side of the world. Our interdisciplinary focus, community-engaged curriculum, and original research focus prepares Scholars for careers in a wide range of fields, including law, business, education, medicine, art, technology, and public service. But our alumni are not only teachers, scholars, business leaders, lawyers, artists, and doctors. They are engaged and responsible citizens. Donaghey Scholars Program alumni serve on more than 60 non-profit boards, chair fundraisers, and organize community events. They volunteer their time and skills as mentors, church leaders, campaign staff, and Little League coaches. They also serve as active mentors for current Donaghey Scholars, helping them with career advice and internship opportunities.
Donaghey Scholars attend graduate school in record numbers when compared to state and national averages. They have attended some of the country’s best graduate programs, partly due to the intense mentorship they receive as Donaghey Scholars. Our alumni have gone on to complete masters and doctorates at Harvard, the University of Texas, NYU, Washington University, the University of Virginia, Dartmouth, the University of Michigan, Notre Dame, Cornell, Yale, Emory, Pepperdine, the Ohio State University, Baylor, the University of Chicago, Rice, Duke, Georgetown, and the University of Wisconsin.
- 71% of Donaghey Scholars Program alumni have at least one graduate degree, more than double the rate for Arkansans with undergraduate degrees
- More than 25% of our alumni have completed medical school, law school, or hold a Ph.D.
- Nearly 10% of our alumni are founders, owners, or managing partners of their own businesses