Austin Scholars

Austin Scholars celebrate Merrimack’s Augustinian roots by forming a community on campus and then serving those in need in neighboring communities.

Austin Scholars, 2020

As the oldest of the College’s living-learning communities, the program has grown from 50 students to more than 300 under the direction of Sister Jeanne Gribaudo, who is the adviser for the group.

These students are committed to a holistic formation that is comprehensive and includes scholarship, community and service. They take common classes together in theology and ethics, they host speakers on campus and build community, and they perform service throughout the Merrimack Valley.

“We emphasize not only the act of service but also the importance of reflection on that service,” Gribaudo states.

From tutoring children in local schools to helping families through the Financial Capability Center, Austin Scholars dedicate themselves to assisting others. Even during this particularly challenging semester with COVID-19 restrictions, they have found a way to serve. This fall, included writing notes of thanks to first responders.

Sister Jeanne Gribaudo makes a difference in the lives of hundreds of Merrimack students every year as adviser of the Austin Scholars program. She guides their scholarship, community building, service outreach and brings awareness to what it means to “give back.” This fall, 100% of the Austin Scholars from the Class of 2021 made a gift to Merrimack in honor of the extraordinary opportunities they’ve been afforded.

The Austin Scholars embrace every aspect of their Merrimack experience. You can support remarkable student opportunities like this with a gift to The Merrimack Fund today.