Brandl Scholars

The John Brandl Scholars program celebrates St. John's alumnus John E. Brandl and his lifelong commitment to mentorship and scholarship in higher education, public policy and politics.

The endowment funds summer internships in public policy and leadership development activities such as conferences and trainings. These internships will range from local to international policy arenas, reflecting Dr. Brandl's diverse career and CSB/SJU's commitment to ethical leadership and the common good.

Brandl Scholars receive $4,000 summer stipends and are offered select invitations for McCarthy Center events and mini grants to cover travel or other expenses related to civic or scholarly engagement. Students will work full-time for 8-10 weeks depending on the needs of their internship site. Students may elect to earn credits but will have to pay for these and will be assessed on an individual basis. Graduating seniors are not eligible.


 2015-2016 Brandl Scholars:


Jake Patrick Collins

Anna Cron

Jerly Alcala Gomez

Tiffany Peplinski

Charles Pults

Beth Richmond

Edwin Torres

Alex Wald


Apply to be a Brandl Scholar:

In 2015, a total of nine Brandl Scholarships will be awarded. Brandl Scholarships will be awarded to students in the CSB/SJU Washington, D.C. Summer Study Program, one will fund a student internship at the Citizens League in St. Paul, and several will fund a public policy internship anywhere in the world.

Students will be selected based on the following items:
1. A cover letter explaining student interest and the policy area or topic upon which the student would hope to focus. In addition, the cover letter must state that students will not have any other employment if awarded this fellowship.
*Important note on site placement: One of the Brandl Scholars will be placed at the Citizens League in St. Paul, MN. The applicant should indicate if he or she has a strong interest to be placed with the Citizens League; if not the applicant should propose three other site locations of interest to them.
Resume indicating relevant class or other training , relevant paid and unpaid work/volunteer experiences, conferences or workshps attended, honors and awards, public talks or media involvement, and other skills such as languages or computer skills
3. Current unofficial transcript
4. Recent writing sample
5. Finalists may be interviewed


Any questions and all application materials should be addressed to Stacy Penk, McCarthy Center Coordinator, Simons 136, SJU. Phone: (320) 363-3266 or email:

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