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

Students may 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 Sophomore class status
  • Possess and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25
  • Demonstrate interest in faith-informed 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 structure and oversight for a variety of student-faculty interactions by assigning each scholar 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 2 dinner dialogues per semester format continues through Junior and Senior year.

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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Beth Hassel, Director
Suzanne Teleha, Admin. Asst.

St. Mary's Hall, Suite 109 (for Fall 2018)
[610] 519–3261

* Scholars Program explanation 2018-2019.pdf
Please note: The application process for the Scholar program is currently closed. The application submission process will re-open again in January 2019.