Honors Alumni Success

Given the rigorous and supportive nature of the Honors community at Westminster College, graduates of the Honors College go on to pursue exciting and challenging post-collegiate careers in a wide variety of fields as well as furthering their education.

Honors Student Receives Award at Commencement

Endless Career Possibilities

Alumni apply skills gained from the Honors College—especially critical thinking, an aptitude for making connections across disciplines, and communication skills—to excel in complex and challenging environments. Most importantly, alumni are life-long learners equipped to adapt to the ever-changing landscape of life in the 21st century.

Recent graduates have secured jobs such as:

  • Astrophysics post-doc at MIT
  • CEO of a med-tech company in San Francisco
  • Analyst for Goldman Sachs
  • Governmental lobbyist for a Salt Lake City law firm
  • Medical resident in plastic reconstructive surgery at the Cleveland Clinic
  • Economics professor at the College of Wooster
  • Scientist at Novo Nordisk in Seattle
  • Award-winning politics reporter for the Salt Lake Tribune
  • Legislative assistant for a US Congressman
  • Director of brand strategy and digital marketing for a Utah health sciences corporation
  • Software engineer for a travel management app company in Boston
  • Manager of an Urban Land Institute chapter in Boise
  • Pediatric radiology fellow at a hospital in Philadelphia

Students have also pursued service or fellowship opportunities such as:

  • Working with children through AmeriCorps
  • Teaching English in Turkey as a Fulbright Scholar
  • Studying for a PhD in global justice in the UK with the support of a Marshall Scholarship
  • Volunteering with the Peace Corps in Africa
  • Developing a sexual violence prevention program as a Truman Fellow

Dan Perez

As a scientist, it is easy to get caught up in the ‘memorization maze’ that’s sometimes needed to succeed, but my Honors experience taught me to craft arguments, think laterally, and stretch myself outside of science.

Dan Perez (Honors ’06)

Dan graduated from Westminster in 2006 as a McNair Scholar with a degree in biology and minors in psychology and Spanish. While completing coursework toward a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences at Oxford University, Dan co-founded Hinge Health, a fast-growing digital health company based in San Francisco. Dan is currently the CEO of the company, which has raised $126 million in venture funding, grown to 300 employees, and treated over 40,000 patients.

Kate Bradshaw

Whether engaging in policy debates or preparing policy plans and objectives for clients, the oral and written communication skills I learned in the Honors program are at the heart of the communication style I use today.

Kate Bradshaw (Honors ’03)

Kate graduated from Westminster in 2003 with a major in history and a minor in political science. Kate’s previous positions as vice president of the Utah Food Industry and Utah Retail Merchant associations and her experience working with the Utah House of Representatives prepared her for her current position as director of government affairs at the law firm Holland & Hart, LLP. Since 2018, Kate has been councilwoman for the Bountiful City Council, served as chair of the Westminster College Alumni Board, and received the Utah Business 40 Under 40 award in 2020.

Ben Rackham

The focus on thinking and writing in Honors was crucial to my development as a scientist, providing a necessary complement to the technical skills I learned in science classes.

Ben Rackham (Honors ’09)

Ben graduated with a neuroscience degree from Westminster in 2009, where he was encouraged to be bold and ask big questions. Ben went on to receive a PhD in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of Arizona for his research on the atmospheres of extrasolar planets. The co-author of 10 peer-reviewed papers, Ben has received various prestigious research fellowships and is currently a fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.

Emma DeLoughery

As an Honors student, I explored new ideas and engaged in thoughtful discussions. As a result, I know how to write, communicate a point, and question arguments with confidence—skills that have been essential in medical school.

Emma DeLoughery (Honors ’16)

Emma graduated from Westminster in 2016 with a degree in biology. Since then, Emma has completed her MD degree at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and is currently a medical resident at Oregon Health and Science. Emma has been published several times in medical journals on a variety of topics including hematology, professionalism, and injuries in agricultural settings. Emma credits the Honors College for getting her into medical school and helping her succeed.

Ray Bradford

The Honors College prepared me for both graduate school and my career by sharpening my ability to propose and defend ideas. Examining fundamental questions from multiple lenses is both core to a liberal arts education in the humanities and a timeless foundation for life.

Ray Bradford (Honors ’07)

Ray graduated from Westminster in 2007 with degrees in economics and finance and went on to get his MBA at Stanford University. Currently, Ray is the CEO of Spruce, a leading app for modern healthcare communication. Ray’s company has raised over $17 million from top Silicon Valley investors, appeared in Forbes 30 Under 30, and is a member of the Stanford University School of Medicine Board of Fellows.

Honors Students at Commencement

Furthering Your Honors College Education

Many students also choose to further their education post-graduation, attending graduate, law, and medical schools at top universities around the country. Westminster Honors students have matriculated at the following graduate, law, and medical schools, among others:

  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Georgetown University
  • New York University
  • Oxford University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Washington University
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From Honors Student to Marshall Scholar and Ph.D. Candidate

Debbie Samaniego’s ('17) goal in high school was to be the first in her family to graduate from college. At Westminster, that became a reality. Her Honors College education and the McNair Scholars Program positioned her to compete successfully in challenging academic and professional landscapes, including her current pursuit of a Ph.D. in migration studies. She is now studying at the University of Sussex after becoming the first Westminster student to be selected for a Marshall Scholarship.