Glenn D. Kirwin Scholarship

About the Scholarship

Support Kirwin Scholarship

A fund and scholarship have been created to honor Glenn D. Kirwin, a 1982 graduate of the College who lost his life in the tragic events of September 11, 2001 at his office in the World Trade Center. The fund and an annual scholarship will continue Glenn’s support of his alma mater and future generations of students in a way that represents his openness, generosity and persistence. The scholarship will be awarded to one or more third or fourth-year students whose character and involvement in University life most resemble Glenn’s, with preference to applicants who are children of victims of the 9/11 tragedy. Glenn was taken from us in an instant but the scholarship will honor his memory and enrich others forever, as he did.

Glenn D. Kirwin

As part of an extensive UVA family (father Paul-College ’52, Law ’55; uncle Stanley-College ’49; brothers Jon, Peter, Andrew and Daniel-College ’79, ’85, ’88 and ’93), Glenn attended UVA from 1978 to 1982, graduating from the College. After graduation, he became a government bond trader with Citibank in New York City. In 1985, Glenn joined Security Pacific Bank, where he pioneered an electronic government bond option trading system. Glenn landed the job on a ski lift in Austria where he pitched the idea to a SecPac senior executive. In 1994, he joined Cantor Fitzgerald, the world’s leading government bond broker. In 1998, he became a partner in Cantor. Then, as head of product development, Glenn was instrumental in Cantor’s development of eSpeed, Inc., an electronic trading platform company. Glenn was the husband of Joan Boswell (’83) and the father of two boys, Miles and Troy, ages 11 and 8 at the time. He and Joan kept their connection to Virginia through frequent visits, generous donations and close contact with the many friends each of them had made in Charlottesville.

During his time in Charlottesville, Glenn took full advantage of University life. He was a member and officer of Sigma Chi fraternity. A love of new challenges, Glenn walked on as a catcher for freshman baseball before being injured as a first year. Characteristically, he chose a little-known, self-directed major in American Studies. He was the “Consumer Advocate” columnist for the Cavalier Daily. Anxious to make his mark in business from the beginning, in his final year he managed promotions for a Charlottesville nightclub and started a line of skiwear.

Those who had the good fortune to know Glenn say he possessed a rare combination of attributes that included warmth and openness; a piercing, explosive intellect; leadership; fearless determination; a capability for original and creative thought; true generosity and wisdom; and a vast capacity for silliness. Among his friends, Glenn was the person that everyone would seek out for advice. He challenged those around him to make themselves better, he led by example, and he eagerly sought opportunities to lend a hand to his friends and family.

The Scholarship

As Glenn would certainly appreciate, there will be no objective requirements to qualify for a scholarship (though children of victims of the September 11th tragedy will be given priority).

The selection process will focus on recognizing an individual who, like Glenn, is a character with character.

The student to whom the scholarship is awarded will have taken full advantage of the diverse opportunities that the University offers in the manner that Glenn did. The recipient will also share some of the many extraordinary qualities that Glenn exhibited at UVA and in his life after college. The evaluation process will weigh all forms of engagement in University life, including fraternity/sorority membership; participation in student-run activities and institutions, including newspaper and other media organizations; demonstrated interest in athletics; entrepreneurship and other non-scholastic activities.


After the September 11, 2001 tragedy, family and friends established a memorial scholarship honoring the life of Glenn D. Kirwin, a member of the Class of 1982.  The annual scholarship will be awarded to a rising third- or fourth-year student enrolled in the University of Virginia whose character and involvement in University life most resemble Glenn’s.  These characteristics include: leadership, determination, generosity and wisdom; the capability for original and creative thought; and a passion for entrepreneurship. The committee will award $20,000 for the 2019–20 academic year.

Application Deadline:  March 8, 2019 at 5pm

The due date for this application has passed.