Hynes Scholars

The 2015 - 2016 Application Opens February 23, 2015!

Apply Online: https://www.csbsju.edu/forms/DSD5GD666J.aspx

 The 2014 - 2015 Hynes Scholars:

Hynes Scholars 2014-2015 Cohort Description

Each year, up to 13 CSB rising sophomore women have the opportunity to apply to become a part of Hynes Scholars, a yearlong cohort based program that explores gender and leadership. This cohort will engage in personal exploration and reflection, scholarship and dialogue concerning the topics of gender and leadership, social justice, self-awareness and self-actualization as well as the opportunities and challenges of being women in today's society. At the end of this experience students should leave with a clear vision about how they wish to shape their own life experience and claim their own gender identity.

This cohort is sponsored by the Institute for Women's Leadership (IWL) at The College of Saint Benedict.  The IWL mission statement is as follows:

"Empower women to become local and global leaders by engaging in inclusive dialogue, reflective thinking, and values-based leadership that celebrates and recognizes women as shapers of our world"

Learning Outcomes

Through personal and group experiences Hynes Scholars will:

  • Explore how gender influences leadership
  • Explore and develop strategies to create positive social change
  • Explore the effects of social expectations that influence women's roles, experiences and opportunities
  • Develop an understanding of self as a leader that explore multiple dimensions of identity

Time Commitments

Hynes Scholars will be expected to commit to participate in the cohort throughout the entire 2014-2015 academic year, in the following ways:

  • Engage in 2 group meetings a month (roughly) every other Thursday from 4:30 - 7PM (*you must have this time free in your schedule in order to participate in the cohort!)
  • Engage in 1-2 individual one-on-one meetings with the Program Coordinator
  • Attend a fall and spring retreat
  • Participate in a fall and spring book group on a variety of gender and leadership topics
  • Participate in homework assignments based on program content, presentation topics, and cohort experiences/personal exploration on topics related to gender and leadership
  • Volunteer 10 hours/semester with the Institute for Women's Leadership (and other campus affiliates) in a variety of ways
  • Engage in a Scholarship & Creativity Day Project
  • Participate in the Hynes Scholars Mentor Program
  • Opportunity to attend, as a member of the St. Ben's Student Delegation, the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) held annually in June
  • Opportunity to continue the Hynes Scholars tradition through mentoring a new incoming cohort during your Junior/Senior year

Program Incentives

  • Opportunity to engage in challenging and impactful education and discussions about gender and leadership within a small community of sophomore CSB women
  • Opportunities to attend professional development experiences including conferences at a reduced rate
  • Mentorship opportunities with Hynes Scholars Alumnae
  • Connections with campus resources, staff, administration, and faculty


Contact the Institute for Women's Leadership, IWL@csbsju.edu