"Being a scholar, I would say it’s like having your own little family on campus. These are the first 10 people you meet and you’ll always be there for one another. Being a scholar definitely made the experience at Saint Martin’s a very friendly one."
— Gerardo Rodriguez, Everett, WA, mathematics
About the Benedictine Scholarship Program
The Benedictine Scholars program is based on the Rule, written by Saint Benedict of Norcia (c. 540 A.D.), and stresses the importance of:
• Living a balanced life
• Generosity of Spirit
Founded in 2012, the Benedictine Scholars are a group of students, composed of four cohorts with each cohort made up of 10 incoming first-year students, whose mission is to promote a deeper understanding of the Benedictine values and heritage that defines our institution.
Benedictine Scholars become leaders.
Serving as ambassadors of the Benedictine values. They are chosen for their commitment to leadership, service and promoting the common good.
Benedictine Scholar community
Norcia Leadership Floor
Scholars are encouraged and expected to live on campus. During their first year, they will live on the Norcia Leadership Floor, located in Spangler Hall. Norcia is comprised of both first-year and returning students. Incoming students are paired with upper-class mentors in suite-style rooms.
Norcia residents learn how to promote community while developing their leadership skills. Scholars and other Norcia residents are heavily involved on campus. Often seen in roles such as student goverment leaders, orientation leaders, peer mentors, tutors and more. In addition to studying together, Norcia residents also participate in community dinners.
Getting to know the monastic community
Each year, the incoming cohort of scholars chooses a project that embodies the Benedictine values. Past projects have included a video, restoration of the Stations of the Cross on campus, a community art project and a campuswide exploration of the meaning of faith.
Scholars attend retreats each year to foster community and travel to a Benedictine community as a cohort.