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Scholar Qualities

The Scholar Qualities

Woodruff Scholars carry on Robert W. Woodruff’s legacy of passionate intellectual curiosity, creative leadership, and a strong motivation to use one’s talents and skills for the benefit of others rather than individual glory. These characteristics are distilled in the Scholar Qualities, which provide the criteria for Scholar selection and the values that help to guide Woodruff Scholars during their time at Emory and beyond. 

Robert W. Woodruff is celebrated for his legacy of selfless philanthropy. For years, Woodruff was known only as “Mr. Anonymous.” He gave out of conviction, not a desire for recognition or glory. Scholars’ choices are motivated by forceful and unselfish character, which manifests as generosity, empathy, and clear motivation to enrich the lives of others at Emory and in the wider world.

Scholars possess the creativity and leadership to translate this generosity and empathy into concrete action that benefits their communities. They envision positive change and innovate viable solutions to some of the world’s most difficult problems.

Intellectual and personal vigor is at the heart of this creative work. Scholars eagerly confront the difficult questions, complex issues, and uncomfortable challenges presented by contemporary societies. They use their intellect, ingenuity, and resilience to make novel connections, formulate powerful problem-solving strategies, and collaborate with others to implement change.

Scholars’ intellectual vigor is complemented by a strong work ethic and commitment to excellence, as demonstrated by outstanding academic achievement.

Scholars understand the importance of relationships in leadership, and they know how to make use of language to forge connections with others. They possess the communication skills to convey their view of the world with sensitivity to the needs of differing audiences. Scholars listen as frequently and carefully as they speak, displaying receptiveness to differing perspectives and a genuine desire to learn about others’ experiences.  

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