Political science major Kristen Merlone ’10 loved the American Grand Strategy (AGS) program and the teaching of its director, Peter Feaver. AGS is an interdisciplinary program that blends education and scholarship for students interested in national security policymaking.

Kristen had an opportunity to introduce her father, Peter Merlone, to Feaver, and her father was also impressed with Feaver’s AGS work. Kristen decided to join with her father on a $300,000 expendable gift to AGS. The flexible gift provides the operating support AGS needs to continue offering students opportunities to meet with prominent speakers in small group settings, to participate in experiential learning such as field trips, simulations, and battlefield visits, and to work summer internships or research projects related to American Grand Strategy.