Chaminade Scholars Program: Application Process

The University Honors Program welcomes your application to be a Chaminade Scholar. Please read the detailed information below about the application and process. 

Applications for 2016 will open NovEMBER 30, 2015, and are due by January 12, 2016. 

Applying to the Chaminade Scholars Program

THE CHAMINADE SCHOLARS APPLICATION is online and can be accessed from the University Honors Program Tab in PORCHES. 

If you are not currently a member of the University Honors Program but you anticipate your first semester GPA will be 3.5 or above, please email to request access to the University Honors Program tab in Porches. Please submit this request by December 15 to assure you and your recommender have access to the application before Christmas break.

Components of the On-line Application

A complete application consists of the following components:

  1. Basic information (your name, major, GPA, etc.).
  2. Completed essay responses (see below for questions).
  3. A PDF of a paper that you wrote for a UD class during your first semester−this should be a paper that you consider to be your best work. (You do not need to turn in the graded copy.)  You will upload this paper into the application portal.
  4. A PDF of a written recommendation from a faculty member who was your professor for a 3-credit-hour course during your first semester at UD: In the application, you will “assign” a faculty member as a recommender.  The faculty member will upload their recommendation letter/document.
  5. Electronic Signature/verification:  By typing your name at the specified signature line you certify that the application materials are your own work.

Essay Questions (300-400 words):

  1. Why did you choose to study at the University of Dayton and how do you anticipate your program of study here will prepare you for your life's work?
  2. Why are you applying to be a Chaminade Scholar and with what element(s) of the program do you resonate most?
  3. Describe the gifts you could bring to the Chaminade Scholars program. How do you see an intersection of your gifts with both your program of study and with the principles of the Chaminade Scholars Program? 
  4. What book have you read (other than the Bible) that has enriched your understanding of the Christian faith? Please explain the ways in which this book, your personal reflections on it and discussions with others about it, have enlightened you and your faith. In your answer you may include how study has helped you in dealing with issues of faith.  
  5. Write about an experience that challenged your faith or your relationship with God. How did you respond?
  6. Think of a specific issue you are passionate about (UD/local community, societal/global, church related) What challenges do you see?  How do you want to make an impact?

Applicant Information: Requirements

Interviews for the Chaminade Scholars Program will be conducted with program faculty and staff on Saturday, January 30, 2016. Be sure to reserve this day in the event that you are selected for an interview.

If you ar selected to be a Chaminade Scholar:

  • You will be required to attend the Chaminade Scholar Formation Retreat.
  • You will be enrolled in a required tuition-free, 1/2-credit hour mini-course, UDI165:  Chaminade Scholar Seminar. Classes will meet during the Spring 2015 semester you are accepted into the program and will explore the themes of identity, vocation, and leadership as it relates to the Chaminade Scholars program and the call to discipleship.
  • You will be required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above and pursue an Honors Program diploma.
  • You will complete the three required Chaminade Scholar courses:  Christian Traditions in Prayer (REL 356); Christianity, Citizenship and Society (course number TBD); and Vocation and the Arts (course number TBD).