Who We Are

The Institute selects scholars from all over the United States. They have a wide variety of interests and represent small liberal arts colleges, large universities, Ivy League institutions, and historically Black colleges and universities. Our alumni have been accepted to all of the nation’s top law schools and many of the nation’s leading graduate programs. Today, they are teachers, ordained ministers, accountants, entrepreneurs, and rising stars at Fortune 500 companies. All of them are engaged in public and community service.

Alumni Spotlights

Darius Graham'05 | Washington, DC

B.A., Florida A&M University
J.D., University of California - Berkeley

As an undergraduate student, Darius established Books All Around to provide books to disadvantaged children and create libraries in low-income neighborhoods around the country. He currently serves as Founder and Director of the DC Social Innovation Project.

Stefan Lallinger '07 | New Orleans, LA

B.A., Brown University
M.A., University of New Orleans

During his time at the Institute, Stefan ignited his passion for education. He later declined acceptance to an Ivy League medical school to join Teach For America. He now serves as Principal of the middle school at Langston Hughes Academy years, one of the first schools to open in New Orleans the area after Hurricane Katrina.

Christopher McKee, Jr. '05| Youngstown, OH

B.A., Youngstown State University
M.Div., Yale University

Christopher serves as the 13th Senior Pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church, one of the oldest congregations in Youngstown, OH. He plays an active role in mobilizing diverse faith communities to engage in efforts quelling violence, eradicating homelessness, and creating opportunities for economic development.

Anthony Phillips ’09| Philadelphia, PA

B.A., Bates College
M.A., Yale University; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts – Amherst (in progress)

Anthony is Founder and Managing Director of Youth Action, a student-operated civic engagement program that inspires and equips young people to serve their communities through innovative projects. The organization also provides college scholarships.

Colleges and Universities Represented

  • American University
  • Amherst College
  • Bard College
  • Bates College
  • Baylor University
  • Belmont University
  • Brown University
  • Cameron University
  • Cedarville University
  • Coppin State University
  • Colby College
  • Columbia University
  • College of Charleston
  • College of Mount St. Joseph
  • College of New Jersey
  • Cornell University
  • Davidson College
  • DePauw University
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Fisk University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Fordham University
  • Frostburg State University
  • George Mason University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • Hampton University
  • Harvard University
  • Hofstra University
  • Howard University
  • Jackson State University
  • James Madison University
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Lafayette College
  • La Salle University
  • Lincoln University of    Pennsylvania
  • Louisiana State University
  • Massachusetts Institute of    Technology
  • Michigan State University
  • Mississippi State University
  • Morehouse College
  • New York University
  • North Carolina A & T State    University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College
  • Oakwood University
  • Occidental College
  • Ohio State University
  • Oklahoma Christian University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Princeton University
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • Southern Methodist University
  • St. John’s University
  • State University of New York –    Albany
  • Stanford University
  • Syracuse University
  • Tennessee State University
  • Texas Tech University
  • Tougaloo College
  • Tufts University
  • University at Albany
  • University of Akron
  • University of California – Davis
  • University of California –    Berkeley
  • University of California –    Los Angeles
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Illinois – Urbana
  • University of Maryland –    Baltimore County
  • University of Maryland – College    Park
  • University of Maryland – Eastern    Shore
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Saint Thomas
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Tennessee -    Chattanooga
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Villanova University
  • Virginia State University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Wesleyan University
  • Williams College
  • Xavier University
  • Yale University
  • Youngstown State University
What We've Achieved » Scholar Profiles »

"The Institute taught me the importance of surrounding yourself with people who are more outstanding than you."
– Barron Ryan, ‘08