Duns Scotus Honors Program


The Duns Scotus Honors Program is named after the great Franciscan scholar John Duns Scotus to emphasize our commitment to continuing the Franciscan intellectual tradition. Duns Scotus is a learning community of motivated students who are challenged to excel academically. As a participant you will be are encouraged and expected to:

  • integrate a deeper appreciation of Franciscanism into your college experience
  • develop stronger skills for graduate study or career
  • deepen awareness of the interconnectedness of knowledge
  • appreciate the variety and richness of intellectual expression
  • appreciate encounters with diverse populations and learning styles
  • sharpen your thinking and communication skills through intensive writing and speaking
  • increase your ability to do significant original research

The Duns Scotus graduate will develop a commitment to academic excellence with the goal of developing both wisdom and humility in order to serve humankind.


Benefits of the Duns Scotus Honors Program

  • Receive an annual $1,000 scholarship above and beyond other academic awards
  • Expand their horizons through cultural experiences
  • Receive greater intellectual stimulation
  • Become part of a close-knit community of scholars
  • Get opportunities for study abroad
  • Receive enhanced job and graduate school preparation
  • Get support to do important original research and attend academic conferences
  • Get an impressive education in a nurturing environment



To be eligible to apply for the honors program, you must qualify as a Trustee or Presidential Scholar. Contact the USF admission office or your personal admission counselor to see if you qualify at 800-735-7500 or 815-740-3400 or by e-mail at



Duns Scotus Honors Fellows are in a part of our honors program designed for students who wish to participate during their entire undergraduate career and attend USF for all four years. The four-year curriculum for fellows fulfills requirements in the university’s general education as well as requirements in the fellow’s chosen major. Click here to review program requirements.


Application Procedure


  • Fill out the application form for the Duns Scotus honors fellows program below:
  • Write a 2-4 page essay answering a question that we will pose. If you are a prospective freshman, the questions will be mailed out to you in January as part of the scholarship competition.
  • Submit the application, essay, and a statement of your interest in the program to your personal admission counselor.
  • After your essay and admission file are reviewed, we will be in touch to arrange an on campus interview (or a phone interview if distance makes it impossible to come to campus).


Contact Us

For more information on the Duns Scotus Honors Program contact:

Your Personal Admission Counselor

Lisa Hedrick, Program Director
phone: (815) 740-3471