On September 18, 2018 Kathryn Knowles, beloved alumna (B’01, 02), accomplished member of the SAIS Europe leadership team, and friend to many passed away after a brief illness with a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

Kathryn loved working with students and excelled at it in her role as Associate Director of the European and Eurasian Studies program. Whether she was training students to become outstanding research assistants, leading study trips around the world, helping students to select the perfect sequence of courses, or coaching them to secure top internships, Kathryn’s commitment to students was unwavering. She challenged students to dream big and took great satisfaction in championing them to accomplish their goals.

As Director of Public Affairs she worked tirelessly to promote SAIS Europe as a premier destination for the study of international relations. Kathryn knew firsthand that although most students spend less than one year in Bologna, they maintain deep connections to faculty and regularly returned to campus for class reunion celebrations. She helped to further strengthen the global reputation of the school by promoting cutting-edge faculty research, orchestrating events with high-profile speakers, and refining admissions material to attract top students. She was brilliant at telling the story of SAIS Europe.

The Kathryn Knowles Internship Fund commemorates the invaluable personal and professional contributions she made to the SAIS Europe community. Through this Internship Fund her legacy as a committed mentor, accomplished colleague, and dedicated friend will live on. The fund aims to support experiential learning opportunities for students who are affiliated with the European and Eurasian Studies program or who attend SAIS Europe. The priority will be to support student internships, although funds may be used to underwrite student participation in study trips like those Kathryn led to China and Malaysia.

When the fund reaches $50,000, a generous 1:1 match will allow for the establishment of an endowment which will benefit many generations of students to come and that will secure Kathryn’s name and legacy will live on in perpetuity.

Donations can be made at the following link by selecting the "Kathryn Knowles Internship Fund."

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For tax-deductible gifts in Europe and to discuss and/or confirm multi-year pledges, please email gchiappini@jhu.edu.