Doherty Scholars Program
The Doherty Scholars Program invites nominations and applications
from prospective and current Alverno students. We seek students who demonstrate the
potential for strong scholarly accomplishment and curiosity, an understanding of yourself
as a learner, and the ability to take initiative to collaboratively learn with your
The Doherty Scholars is a learning community selected by the Center for Academic Excellence. It draws together students from across the college who are looking for peers to challenge them and resources and opportunities for academic growth and excellence.
There are three pathways into the Scholars
- Recommendation from Admissions or Advising
- Recommendation from a faculty member or academic staff person
- Student self-nomination supported by a faculty/staff/mentor recommendation
About Sr. Austin Doherty, Ph.D.
The Doherty Scholars program honors the legacy of Sister Austin Doherty, a passionate
and effective scholar whose ideas and actions shaped the academic experiences of Alverno
students, faculty and staff. Doherty was a vital inspiration for and founder of Alverno’s
ability-based curriculum. A significant leader in the national movement to reform
college education and a founding member of the National Organization for Women, Doherty
deeply believed in the college’s mission to educate women through its abilities-based
curriculum. She was known internationally as a dynamic, caring and risk-taking educator.
Sister Austin Doherty retired from the college in 2013, and passed away in 2015.
Students have to learn to act … despite their sense of being unready. That sense of unreadiness is dissolved only by acting and doing. Their self assessment then shows both what they can do and what they need yet to learn to do.- Austin Doherty