Carnegie Mellon University

Jennings Family Brave Companions Fund


(photo of Iquazu Falls by Kimby Josephson)

Applications for the Jennings Brave Companions are not being accepted for summer 2021.

Carnegie Mellon University is proud to announce a fund from Larry E. Jennings Jr. and Katherine Jennings to establish the Jennings Family Brave Companions Fund. The name and spirit behind the fund was drawn from the book, Brave Companions, written by Pittsburgh's acclaimed writer, David McCollough. The stories included in the book are about forging ahead and finding success despite obstacles, naysayers and uncertainty.

Larry Jennings received his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and economics from the Mellon College of Science in 1984 and his master's degree from the Tepper School of Business in 1987 where he concentrated in finance and strategy. Larry and Katherine have a strong sense of service and commitment to their community and have been active with, and supportive of, many community endeavors in Baltimore. Recently, Larry and his youngest daughter, June, returned from a trip to India inspiring him to create the Jennings Family Brave Companions Fund which provides students the opportunity to experience the culture and socio-economic issues facing a developing country and who otherwise might be unable to travel to such a destination due to personal financial constraints.

The donor's primary goal in establishing this fund is to allow students to travel to developing countries during their summer breaks, to study, travel, conduct research, and or participate in service work.

Scholarship Lets Students Immerse in Research (from the CMU News)

Read more about the fund. (from the December Piper)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Undergraduate sophomore or junior
  • Open to all majors
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Full-time student status for two terms
  • Baccalaureate degree in progress
  • QPA of not less than 2.5
  • Will return to Carnegie Mellon as a full time student in the fall semester following the summer travel abroad experience
  • Students who are interested in traveling to a developing country in an approved study abroad program.  It is required that you schedule an appointment with the staff in the Study Abroad office before submitting your application.  Appointments can be made through the CMU Study Abroad Portal.

Preference is given to students with ONE or more of the following:

  • Students who have overcome obstacles such as socioeconomic or educational disadvantage or disabilities
  • Students who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of groups that are historically underrepresented at the University, including African Americans, Native Americans or Hispanics
  • Students who are the first generation in their family to attend college
  • Students with demonstrated financial need
  • Students who have not previously had a study or travel abroad experience

We strongly advise students to apply for additional funding, above the Jennings stipend, to help pay for travel and living costs.  These include:
Tartans Abroad
CIT Travel Grant (open only to CIT students)