- Sir Winston Churchill
“The proposal to bring young Americans of outstanding promise to England for study at the most advanced levels, and to enlarge their horizons of international understanding, is one which I support with enthusiasm. I am honoured that this programme should bear my name.”

Who We Are

The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States is a 501(c)(3) public charity, founded in 1959 at the request of Sir Winston Churchill to encourage American participation in Churchill College, Cambridge.

Board of
Trustees

Chairman
Hon. John L. Loeb, Jr.
New York, New York
President
Patrick A. Gerschel
New York, New York

Treasurer

David D. Burrows
Greenwich, Connecticut

Secretary

James A. FitzPatrick, Jr., Esq.
Greenwich, Connecticut

Trustees Emeritus

Lord Broers of Cambridge
Cambridge, England
Sir David Wallace CBE
Edinburgh, Scotland

Trustees

William L. Bernhard
New York, New York
Deborah L. Brice
London, England
Elana S. Bronson
New York, New York
Randolph L.S. Churchill
London, England
Dame Athene Donald DBE
Master, Churchill College
Cambridge, England
Francis J. Doyle, III
Churchill Scholar 1985-86
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Bradbury Dyer, III
Dallas, Texas
Mario J. Gabelli
Rye, New York
Dmitry Green
Churchill Scholar 1994-95
New York, New York
Warren B. Kanders
Palm Beach, Florida
Elizabeth D. Mann
Churchill Scholar 1997-98
New York, New York
Nicholas J. Naclerio
Churchill Scholar 1983-84
Menlo Park, California
Thomas A. Russo
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Hon. Emma Soames
London, England
Daniel H. Wesley
Churchill Scholar 2000-01
Villanova, Pennsylvania

Staff

Executive Director
Michael Morse
New York, New York
Assistant to the Director
Catherine Hwang
New York, New York

Timeline

1943

Sir Winston Churchill sets out his vision of post-war cooperation between the US and UK in his speech, “Anglo-American Unity,” upon receiving an honorary degree from Harvard.

“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”

1949

Sir Winston Churchill emphasizes the importance
of science and technology in a speech at MIT.

"Americans… created institutions for the advanced training of large numbers of high-grade engineers to translate the advances of pure science into industrial techniques that their output per head and consequent standard of life are so high.”

1956

Carl Gilbert, Chairman of Gillette Industries (and the first President of the Churchill Foundation), and Nobel Laureate Alexander Todd jointly propose to honor Churchill through the establishment of a new Cambridge college.

1958

President Dwight D. Eisenhower pens a letter to Churchill.

"The prospectus of Churchill College appeals greatly to me, particularly because, as I understand it, the College will concentrate primarily in the advancement of technological and scientific education.”

1959

The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States is established. A few months later, Sir Winston Churchill plants two trees on the site of Churchill College.

1961

James D. Watson receives a Churchill Overseas Fellowship, funded by the Churchill Foundation. The next year, he wins the Nobel Prize and becomes the first of nine Churchill Overseas Fellows to receive that honor.

1963

The first three Churchill Scholars arrive in Cambridge.

1972

Churchill, Clare, and King’s Colleges become the first Cambridge colleges to admit both women and men.

1974

John L. Loeb, Sr. becomes President of the Foundation, starting an era in which private philanthropy replaces corporate donations as its primary source of funding.

“Having lived through two world wars, I regarded strong Anglo-American ties as essential. I therefore welcomed the opportunity to serve. When Lew [Douglas, US Ambassador to the UK, 1947-50] became ill, he asked me to carry on [as chairman]. Our family has been one of its main supporters ever since.”

1986

On behalf of the Churchill Foundation, Prince Charles presents the Churchill Award to Ross Perot during an event that raised $1.5 million for the Churchill Scholarship.

1991

President George H.W. Bush receives the Churchill Award in the White House Rose Garden.

“I am old enough to remember from the World War II, Winston Churchill's leadership. He inspired the United Kingdom. He inspired everybody in this country as well, and I think [the Churchill Scholarship] is a marvelous symbol of the lasting special relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States of America.”

Our Funding

1961

We began in 1959 without a founding benefaction, but instead with a group of enthusiasts who shared Churchill’s vision. The first donors were corporate, and Gillette provided the bulk of the early funding as well as offices for our administration. Here, the Chairman of Gillette, Carl Gilbert (right), meets with Jerry Simpson (Mechanical Engineering, 1964-65)

1980s

A series of gala dinners raised substantial new funding.

1990s

By the 1990s, our largest source of funding has been individual donations. Today, around one-third of our annual budget is raised through annual gifts.

The rest of our funding comes from our investments.

2020s

In 2020, we received a bequest of nearly $1 million from Jerry Simpson (center), the same Scholar pictured at the top of the page with Carl Gilbert. Legacy giving is likely to be a key source of funding in the future.

Churchill
Adviser Award

The Churchill Adviser Award is given annually to Campus Representatives, Churchill nominating committee members, or recommendation writers who have consistently distinguished themselves through their sustained efforts to recognize, recommend, or nominate exceptional STEM students. It is a way for the Foundation to thank members of the adviser community for their efforts in recruiting nominees on our behalf, in support of the Foundation’s mission to advance science and technology for our greater security and prosperity.

2022

Dr. Timothy S. Jones

In 2014, Timothy Jones started his role as coordinator for nationally competitive scholarships at the University of Minnesota/Twin Cities. Immediately, he had a winner in Max Shinn, who was the first Churchill Scholar from that institution in 25 years. Over the following six years, Minnesota was one of only seven institutions in the country that nominated the full slate of two candidates per year. While all seven of those institutions had multiple winners, none had more than Minnesota, with six. Jones credits Minnesota’s success to the University’s commitment to undergraduate research, the recruitment efforts of past Scholars, and his own knowledge of Cambridge from spending a year at the Parker Library at Corpus Christi College.

2021

Professor Steven J. Miller

As Professor of Mathematics at Williams College and through his role directing the SMALL Undergraduate Research Project at Williams each summer, Steven J. Miller has mentored no fewer than eight Churchill Scholars over a 10-year period. While this award recognizes such an unprecedented number of Scholars he has taught, it is mainly for the time and care he has put into his support for his students. In his recommendations, Professor Miller clearly explains an applicant’s research contributions in a way that can be appreciated by expert and non-expert readers.

2020

Professor Malkiat Johal

Professor Malkiat Johal, Chair of Chemistry at Pomona College, is co-recipient for 2020 as one of two professors who has had four Churchill Scholars come through his lab. Over the previous 10 years, Michael Gormally, Will Fletcher, Gabriella Heller, and Hannah Wayment-Steele were undergraduates in his lab before winning the Scholarship. He also taught the 2020-21 winner, EliseAnn Koskelo, in the highly challenging course, Chemistry 51. In all, he has been a mentor or professor for five of the six Pomona students who have won the Churchill Scholarship.

2020

Professor Weg Ongkeko, MD, PhD

Weg Ongkeko, Associate Professor of Head and Neck Surgery, is the Churchill Campus Representative for UC-San Diego and co-recipient of the Award for 2020. He has had the rare privilege of having three future Churchill Scholars working in his lab at the same time. Students from his lab have won the Churchill Scholarship in three of the preceding four years, and four times in all. Four of the five total UC-San Diego Churchill Scholarship winners (Vikram Juneja, Angela Zou, Aswini Krishnan, and Harrison Li) worked in his lab.

2019

Dr. Peter I. Bogucki

Dr. Peter I. Bogucki, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University, has been selected for his unparalleled success in nominating outstanding Churchill candidates. During his years as the Princeton Campus Representative for the Churchill Scholarship, 15 Princeton students won the award, representing over 40% of the University's nominees during that period. No other college or university has approached that rate of success over a sustained length of time.

Contact Us

The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

T: 212.752.3200
F: 212.246.8330
info@churchillscholarship.org


Michael Morse
Executive Director
600 Madison Avenue, Suite 1601
New York, NY 10022-1737