In The Rule, Saint Benedict of Norcia (c. 540 A.D.) stresses the importance of community, living a balanced life, hospitality and generosity of spirit. The Benedictine Scholars Program began in Fall 2012 with the mission to promote a deeper understanding of the Benedictine values and heritage that define our institution.
Each year, ten high-achieving first-year students are selected as Benedictine Scholars. Scholars serve as ambassadors of the Benedictine values, including the core values of our institution – faith, reason, service and community. Scholars are each awarded a $10,000 scholarship to support their education at Saint Martin’s University. This scholarship is renewed annually, provided that Scholars maintain a 3.0 GPA and participate in program events, meetings and projects.
Benedictine Scholars participate in several activities, including a Benedictine Scholars orientation, monthly meetings, retreats and the Benedictine Leaders Program. Scholars serve their communities, meet in small groups called Socios and work on a project of their cohort's own choosing. In addition, Scholars volunteer for Saint Martin’s events such as Spirit Days, the Gala and commencement activities. First-year Scholars live in the Norcia Leaders Community, a residence hall floor that focuses on leadership, service and community-building.
The Scholars program is highly competitive. Candidates are identified by the Office of Admissions during the application process, based on their academic records, leadership experiences, extracurricular activities and service. Candidates are invited to interview on-campus during Benedictine Scholars Day (typically in March) or over the phone. After their interview, candidates are asked to submit an essay that is evaluated as part of the selection process.