“The Olmsted experience was a pivotal point in my personal and professional life. It exponentially expanded my perception of my limits.”

CDR (sel) Emily Bassett
Surface Warfare Officer – Nuclear Engineer
Navy

Olmsted Scholar Class '09

“The opportunity to serve your country, learn a new language and grow on a personal level is an opportunity you can't pass. It has lifelong impact.”

Lt Col George Granholm
Commander, 375th Operations Support Squadron
Air Force

Olmsted Scholar Class '09

“The Olmsted experience far exceeded my expectations when it comes to the ability to think broadly. It opened my eyes to a different worldview and then gave me opportunities to experience this in a way I wouldn’t have before.”

LTC Joseph Hilbert
Field Artillery Officer
Army

Olmsted Scholar Class '03

“The Olmsted experience prepared me to rapidly adapt to new environments which is why I thought it possible to launch this campaign for the Iowa House of Representatives with no previous political experience.”

Representative Kenneth Rizer
Colonel (ret.)
Air Force

Olmsted Scholar Class '98

“The Olmsted experience helped create a foundation of understanding and insight that served me well as I went on my mission to the International Space Station with an international crew of diverse backgrounds.”

Col. Michael Hopkins
NASA Astronaut
Air Force

Olmsted Scholar Class '03

“The Olmsted Scholar Program works because it invests in someone now in order to get a return over time due to the breadth of experience that Scholars bring to any problem set, especially the more senior they become.”

CDR Seth Burton
Submariner
Navy

Olmsted Scholar Class '05

“My Olmsted experience helped me develop recommendations and plans for General Mattis during the Arab Spring.”

Lt. Col. Sheryl Ott
MQ-1B Pilot, Commander Operational Support Squadron
Air Force

Olmsted Scholar Class '07