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Steve Gump

Director of Global Fellowships and Awards

Steve coordinates the nomination and selection process for students and alumni who are applying for national fellowships and scholarships (e.g., Fulbright, Goldwater, Truman, UK scholarships, Watson) as well as Grinnell-specific scholarships and awards.

Originally from Central Kentucky, Steve came to Grinnell in 2012 after having spent portions of the last two decades in Upstate New York, Western Japan, Southeastern Wales, and Central Illinois. In his work with fellowship and scholarship advising in the CLS, he preaches a mantra of intentionality, which first requires that you know yourself and your strengths, values, and goals. He holds degrees in Asian studies and religious studies (BA, Cornell University); business administration (MBA, University of Wales, as a Rotary Ambassadorial Fellow); East Asian studies (MA, University of Illinois); and educational organization and leadership (PhD, University of Illinois).

If you want to see Steve really excited, ask him about any of the following: Baroque opera, British cheese, Japanese pilgrimage, Pig Latin, his favorite typeface. One of the reasons he loves working at Grinnell College is that kindred spirits actually do occasionally ask him about these things!

Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-4940


(641) 269-4508

Off-Campus Study: 

Kanazawa, Japan

Campus Job(s): 

Director of Global Fellowships and Awards

On-Campus Address: 

205 1127 Park Street
Grinnell, IA

Education / Degrees: 

B.A., Cornell University M.B.A., University of Wales M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign