Honors Program


The 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 admissions@stfrancis.edu ).



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.
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