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
  • Receive a 10 percent discount on housing, if they choose to live on-campus
  • Expand their horizons through cultural experiences
  • 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



Transfer students may apply when they gain admission if they will be junior status. Applicants must have a 3.25 cumulative GPA from their prior institutions.
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 transfer student, the question is on the application form.
  • 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