Alumni Council

The Alumni Council was established in 2019 and is comprised of former students who participated in one (or more) of the Kinder Institute’s programs for undergraduate or graduate students: the Society of Fellows or Kinder Scholars D.C. Summer Program; our B.A., Minor, or Certificate in Constitutional Democracy in the College of Arts & Science; the Kinder Institute Residential College for first-year Mizzou students; our study abroad programs in South Africa and Oxford; or our graduate M.A. in Atlantic History & Politics.

The Council meets four times per year to brainstorm and implement ways that alumni can stay connected to the Kinder Institute and enrich the experience of its current students, both while they’re on Mizzou’s campus and after they’ve graduated. In its first two years alone, the Council has established a scholarship fund, launched a mentorship program, and organized a series of talks that allowed current students to explore various career paths and opportunities.

If you are a recent graduate of any of the Kinder Institute’s programs who would like to stay involved, please reach out to Caroline Spalding ( for more information.

Click here to meet the current—and inaugural—members of our Alumni Council!


Alumni Council Mentorship Program

Designed by the Kinder Institute Alumni Council to connect current juniors and seniors affiliated with the Kinder Institute with recent alum who spent time on the fourth floor of Jesse Hall, the mentorship program provides an invaluable opportunity for undergrads who are in the process of charting their post-college futures to receive guidance and input from a distinguished group of Mizzou graduates who were not too long ago in that same position and whose collective resume includes an impressive array of achievements, including: Fulbright and Schwarzman Fellowships; law school, medical school, and graduate degree programs in Economics, History, and Public Affairs; and careers in both the public and private sectors.

Alumni Council mentorship applications open up each fall for current Mizzou students and will be posted here. If you’re a recent Kinder-affiliated, Mizzou graduate who would like to become a mentor, contact Caroline Spalding ( for more information on how to get involved.

Alumni Council Scholarship Fund

The Alumni Council Scholarship connects alumni of the Kinder Institute and Mizzou with current students. This scholarship will aid students from diverse backgrounds and in a wide variety of degree programs deepen their understanding of constitutional democracy and expand their post-graduate options by supporting participation in programs such as the Kinder Scholars program in D.C. and the Oxford and South Africa study abroad programs. The recipient is selected by the Alumni Council based on merit and need, and the Alumni Council is responsible for assembling the application, interviewing selected candidates, and ultimately choosing the recipient. Use the secure, direct giving link below to contribute to the Alumni Council Scholarship Fund.