University Scholarship

Willis Visiting Scholars

"It helps foster the high attainment of our students and it effectively increases the size of Pitt's faculty in a self-renewing way, with new appointments each year guaranteeing a growing roster of continuing quality. It's important to note that these short-term visitors, both the examiners and the scholars, who will be very good at what they do, will benefit not only the Honors College but various departments across the University."

The Hilda M. Willis Foundation awarded a gift of $1.5 million for the establishment of the Willis Visiting Scholars Program at the University Honors College. A private foundation, the Willis Foundation funds cultural and educational endeavors in western Pennsylvania.  The foundation has also provided generous support to Pitt Athletics and the School of Medicine during the campaign.

The late G. Alec Stewart (pictured here), who was the founding dean of the Honors College, explained the benefit of the gift in this way:  "It helps foster the high attainment of our students and it effectively increases the size of Pitt's faculty in a self-renewing way, with new appointments each year guaranteeing a growing roster of continuing quality. It's important to note that these short-term visitors, both the examiners and the scholars, who will be very good at what they do, will benefit not only the Honors College but various departments across the University."