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