Faith and Learning Scholars

Faith and Learning Scholars are Villanova undergraduates who see unique advantages to a dialogue in an environment in which each member of the community is free to express a faith tradition and explore how faith informs and enhances learning as part of the life journey.

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 religious connections,
  • Pursue intellectual and personal growth through acquisition of knowledge and wisdom.

Students may:
    choose to apply to be a Faith and Learning Scholar OR
    may be nominated by a member of the Villanova University community.

Students applying on their own may click on the link on the right side of this page or click here: Scholar Application. If nominated, an email invitation is sent to the student in late January which includes a link to the program explanation and application

Eligible students must:

  • Have rising Sophomore class status
  • Possess and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25
  • Demonstrate interest in "faith as a journey" learning process
  • Complete application and interview process in the spring of Freshman year.
  • Submit:
        - an essay (see program explanation)
        - unofficial Villanova University transcript
        - 2 personal references

The Center for Faith and Learning will provide the structure for student-faculty interactions by pairing each student scholar to a faculty mentor and facilitating gatherings for the program participants. 

Five meetings are planned for scholars and their faculty mentors during the first year. 

  • Students will be invited to a "meet & greet" gathering at the beginning of their sophomore academic year
  • Student scholars and faculty mentors meet twice a semester in a group setting for dinner and to discuss an assigned reading relevant to the nature, purposes, and challenges of faith and learning. (to see a listing of past readings, CLICK HERE)

At the end of their sophomore and junior academic years, students will be offered the opportunity to continue in the program for another year.

The CF&L Scholar program involves a "2 dinner dialogues per semester" format which begins in sophomore year and continues through Senior year/graduation.

Villanova University seeks to prepare the next generation of young adults to integrate faith and on-going lifelong learning into their emerging adult life.

We view this education as a life journey.

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Beth Hassel, Director
Suzanne Teleha, Admin. Asst. (parttime)

Corr Hall, Rooms 3 and 4 
(610) 519–3261

Applications for the
CF&L Scholar program
ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED:


Click Here to begin the STUDENT SCHOLAR Application process.