The Grand Challenges Scholars Program was founded at Arizona State University in 2011 and contains over 250 undergraduate students.

Students in the Grand Challenges Scholars Program complete curricular and co-curricular experiences to achieve five competencies: Talent (research or creative project experience), Multidisciplinary, Viable Business/Entrepreneurship, Multicultural, and Social consciousness (through service learning). Students develop their own path to achieve these competencies while being mentored by faculty and staff throughout their undergraduate career. Students in the program focus their experiences on the 14 Grand Challenges of Engineering through the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering themes of healthsustainabilitysecurity, and joy of living.