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The Scholars Program

Benedictine University’s Scholars Program offers academically talented students from across the University special opportunities to develop their skills as thinkers, readers and writers through a coordinated program of seminar-style coursework that emphasizes discussion and debate about vital intellectual questions.

Housed in the College of Liberal Arts, Benedictine University’s Scholars Program offers academically talented students from across the University special opportunities to develop their skills as thinkers, readers and writers through a coordinated program of seminar-style coursework that emphasizes discussion and debate about vital intellectual questions. The Program also aims to help its members grow as leaders and global citizens by heightening their understanding of other cultures and encouraging a commitment to socially responsible action.

More than a typical honors program

The Scholars Program at Benedictine University is a four-year course of study designed to enable a select number of gifted undergraduate students to develop their skills as leaders and thinkers. The program focuses on academics, leadership and service in a global context, and is distinct from Benedictine’s traditional undergraduate core in the following aspects.

Rigorous Academics

Scholars Program courses (HNRS) are small seminars taught by senior faculty committed to the study of seminal works in a wide variety of liberal arts disciplines, including but not limited to history, philosophy, literature, biology and political science.

Service

Over the course of their first two years in the program, Scholars students engage in service activities, reaching out to disadvantaged groups in the local, regional or global community.

Language Study

To help ensure that they develop the skills necessary to participate effectively in a global context, by the time they graduate, Scholars students must demonstrate that they are able to speak, read and write a language other than English with a degree of proficiency equivalent to six semesters of college-level study.

Scholarship for Scholars

Scholars in good standing receive a merit-based scholarship each year. Benedictine University invests in gifted students to provide them with the resources necessary to develop as perceptive and conscientious leaders. Once a student is accepted into the program, the student’s admissions counselor or the Director of the Scholars Program will advise that student of the amount of the merit scholarship for which the student is eligible.

Program Requirements
Admission to the Program
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