2024-25 Krieger Leadership Scholars Announced

Martin Cox '28, left, and Kiran Kudva '27.

Krieger Leadership Scholars (KLS) fit the archetype of an ideal Christ School student. They are young men of character, who are leaders in the classroom, who serve their communities, and who possess an eagerness to find the best version of themselves. The second year of the program produced a record number of nominations from teachers, coaches, summer camp directors, and other community members across the country, producing a strong group of finalists. Selected finalists attended an on-campus event in late February and hailed from Atlanta (GA), Charleston (SC), Charlotte (NC), Fletcher (NC), Greensboro (NC), and Palm Beach Gardens (FL). Finalists completed two rounds of interviews with selection committee members, enjoyed a keynote address from Christ School alumnus Marshall Plumlee ’11, and attended classes followed by an all-school assembly in Pingree Auditorium.

Christ School is pleased to announce that the 2024-25 Krieger Leadership Scholars are Martin Cox ’28 of Greensboro, NC and Kiran Kudva ’27 of Fletcher, NC. These two young men distinguished themselves among the incredibly accomplished and talented finalists.

“I felt very welcomed on my first visit to Christ School and I knew that I could really grow in the community,” said Martin. “I am very proud because being my best self was recognized by others. It feels great to be the recipient of the scholarship.”

“Being named a Krieger Leadership Scholar feels incredibly rewarding and validating,” said Kiran. “Christ School has so many like-minded students, focused on their academics, sports, and community, but what solidified my decision to be a Greenie was how at home I felt when I attended assembly. It was similar to a pep rally; the cheering, support, and excitement from students and staff was incredible. I knew then Christ School was a part of my calling and would not only be critical in preparing me for college, but for life in general.”

The confidence displayed during interviews by both young men, coupled with their significant community involvement and eagerness to have a positive impact on the Christ School community, impressed the interview committee.

The KLS program is an endowed merit scholarship named for former Headmaster, Paul Krieger P’09, P’12, and Beth Krieger P’09 P’12 who led the school through a 21-year period of unprecedented prosperity and growth before retiring in 2021. One full domestic boarding scholarship and one partial boarding scholarship will be awarded each year to new applicants entering the 8th, 9th, or 10th grade. 

Recipients retain their scholarship throughout their time at Christ School.

Watch for more on the current KLS recipients in future Christ School publications. To find out more about the Krieger Leadership Scholars program, including the nomination process, contact Krieger Leadership Scholars Program Director, Eric Thorp ’01 (ethorp@christschool.org).