Chaminade Scholars Program

The Chaminade Scholars Program is an opportunity for interested Honors students to explore a call to leadership and service through the lens of their Christian faith. All Chaminade Scholars experience a common set of specifically designed programs, leadership experiences and academic seminars that earn Honors credits towards their University Honors Program diploma.

Fifteen first-year students are selected for the Program, bringing together students of various majors who all have in common a desire to grow in their faith and understanding of what they are called to do. Several retreats are provided through the program to establish deeper relationships among the Chaminade Scholars.

The students in the program enroll in three special seminar-style courses, one during each of their sophomore, junior and senior years. These classes are designed to help them think about their own lives as a calling from God and to develop their skills as Christian leaders. Because The Chaminade Scholars Program is an intentional group of students who are focused on their vocation and relationships with one another, the conversations and class discussions are often more fruitful and in depth than other courses at UD.

The Chaminade Scholars can be seen as an academic group, a faith group and a group of friends. The combination of these three makes this a very intellectually influential and spiritually rewarding program.

Membership and Benefits

To Apply

First-years students interested in the Chaminade Scholars Program can apply in late fall semester. The on-line application deadline is mid-January each year. Go to Chaminade Scholars Application Process for details and the downloadable forms.

Benefits

Chaminade Scholars are awarded a $2,000 annual scholarship payable at $1,000 over two semesters beginning their sophomore year and renewable annually. This scholarship will be added to the individual student’s other scholarships and the total cannot exceed the cost of tuition.

Maintaining Membership
To remain a Chaminade Scholar, the student must, at a minimum:

  • Maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Earn 9 Honors credits through completion of the Chaminade course schedule
  • Attend all required retreats and events unless specifically exempted by the Director
  • Pursue an Honors Program diploma

All Chaminade Scholars are expected to exhibit responsible and respectful behavior, including academic honesty and a record free of disciplinary issues that cause concern to the University community, in order to maintain membership in the Program.

All Chaminade Scholars are subject to the same rules as other Honors students regarding access to benefits and any Chaminade Scholar whose GPA falls below the 3.5 threshold at the completion of their first year in the Program will be placed on probation. Any student who remains below 3.5 after one full year may not only be dropped from the Chaminade Scholar Program but in such cases will also lose his or her scholarship benefit.

Academics

During their sophomore, junior and senior years, Chaminade Scholars enroll in three special seminar-style courses. These are designed to help them think about their own lives as a calling from God and to develop their skills as Christian leaders. The courses satisfy requirements for the University's General Education Thematic Cluster and earn Honors credits.

REL 356 P1:  The Christian Tradition of Prayer (3 credit hours)  Fall, Sophomore Year
A study of the act of faith expressed in prayer in the Christian tradition and the use of prayer as a means of discussing God's ways in one's life.

ASI 357 P1:  Vocation and the Arts (3 credit hours)  Spring, Junior Year
An exploration of ways  in which individuals have lived and expressed their vocation through the arts (including music, theater, literature, visual arts), using as examples those artists who have lived lives of discernment and discipleship. Students use autobiography as a tool for self-reflection and growth in the understanding of one's vocation.

ASI 358 P1:  Christianity, Citizenship, and Society (3 credit hours)   Fall, Senior Year
An investigation into how to build communities that will positively affect society and into methods to increase the effectiveness of Christian leadership. Students have the option to complete a research project in which their own sense of calling is articulated in light of the theological convictions of the Church.