Faith and Learning Scholars

Faith and Learning Scholars are Villanova undergraduates, who see unique advantages to studying in an environment where each member of the community is free to express a faith tradition and explore how faith informs learning.

Faith and Learning Scholars are sponsored by the Center for Faith and Learning, which structures conversation among student scholars and faculty mentors. Through opportunities sponsored by the Center, scholars and mentors together will:

  • Discuss what it means to be engaged in a search for truth and dedicated to the intellectual life,
  • Explore ways to balance contemplation and activity,
  • Consider one’s future potential for service to society, the academy and the Church,
  • Pursue intellectual and personal growth through acquisition of knowledge and wisdom.

Selection Criteria

Students may apply to be a Faith and Learning Scholar or may be nominated by a member of the Villanova University community. Eligible students  must:

  • Have Sophomore class status
  • Possess and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25
  • Demonstrate interest in faith-informed scholarship
  • Engage in an application process and interview in the spring of Freshman year.

Program Design -- Augustinian-styled Dinner Dialogues:

The Center for Faith and Learning will provide structure and oversight for a variety of student-faculty interactions. At a minimum, five meetings are planned for the first year.

  • Students will be assigned a faculty mentor.
  • Student scholars and faculty mentors meet twice a semester for dinner and dialogue to discuss assigned reading relevant to the nature, purposes, and challenges of faith and learning.
  • Students will be offered the opportunity to continue in the program and have a mentor for three years.

Program Aspiration

Villanova University seeks to prepare the next generation of young adults to integrate faith and learning into their emerging adult life. In addition, the Center for Faith and Learning hopes to encourage young scholars to consider advanced degrees and life in the academy as a future vocation.

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Senior Scholars Say:

"Our dinner dialogues were always like a breath of fresh air for me -- they helped me take a step back and consider my faith, something that I don't always make time for in my day-to-day life. Those moments became very important to me over the past three years."
"I have had the opportunity to meet a group of people all with the same focus of school and integrated faith.  I never thought I would be able to connect with these students (and faculty) in one setting. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to experience faith and learning these three years."
"I'm a more confident person. Not just in my faith life, though that's certainly true, but I feel like a more well-rounded individual for having participated in this program. I'm more open. I'm more comfortable talking about myself and my experiences."
* Faculty Mentors application 2017-2018.pdf
2017-2018 Faculty Mentor Application
* Scholars application 2017-2018.pdf
2017-2018 Scholar application