The Honors Fellowship is awarded to students accepted into the Honors College. The Honors College is a great books program that allows students a number of curricular options including the ability to dedicate their studies solely to great books or to choose any Belmont Abbey College major while pursuing a rigorous great books core curriculum.
Students in the Honors College will be part of a community of students and faculty dedicated to conversation centered on the greatest authors in the Ancient, Christian, and Modern traditions and will complete their studies with a Senior Year dedicated to examining various Crises in the West. They will also gather for cultural events in Charlotte, common meals, a Shakespearean beach retreat, and study abroad to Ireland or Italy.
Eligibility: Minimum non-weighted high school grade point average of 3.5 or higher and a combined SAT score of 1100 for Math and EBRW sections.
Duration: Renewable for up to four years. Students must be full-time and maintain at least a 3.5 GPA.
Saint Thomas More Scholarship
The Thomas More Scholarship is modeled on its namesake, St. Thomas More. Thomas More was a man of deep learning, wisdom, and courage. More’s wisdom became clear to all through his writings and his wise counsel to others. His courage shown through in his willingness to face imprisonment and, ultimately, execution at the hands of King Henry VIII, because More would not sacrifice his principles to the unjust demands of the King. Saint Thomas More was a true statesman in that he sought to apply the fruits of his wisdom to the political crisis faced by his country during the crisis of the Catholic Church in England. It is this focus on Statesmanship that distinguishes the More Program from the other scholarship Programs at Belmont Abbey. The statesman seeks wisdom through studying “the best which has been thought and said in the world”, but the statesman never forgets that he or she lives in a world beset by forces of evil. Like Thomas More, the statesman seeks to put wisdom to work confronting those evils. In the words of a great political philosopher, upon hearing of the death of Winston Churchill: “We have no higher duty, and no more pressing duty, than to remind ourselves and our students, of political greatness, human greatness, of the peaks of human excellence.” It is this “higher duty” that is the cornerstone of the Thomas More Program.
Eligibility: Minimum non-weighted high school grade point average of 3.5 or higher and a combined verbal and math SAT or ACT score of 1100 (Math and EBRW sections only).
Duration: Renewable for up to four years. Students must be full-time and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.
Felix Hintemeyer Catholic Leadership Award
The Hintemeyer program is designed to foster the leadership potential of a select group of Catholic men and women. The program requires exemplary character; serious commitment to the truth and life of Catholicism; exceptionally strong self-motivation, initiative, and creativity; academic diligence and accomplishment; and exercise of these qualities and abilities in the service of others. Throughout their four years in the program, Hintemeyer scholars strive to grow together in faith, virtue, and wisdom, particularly through our small-group Households. While Households do not share a common living space, Hintemeyers are carefully placed in a Household and remain with that group of men or women throughout all four years of college, so that the group may share the joys and challenges of life and grow together in authentic Christian friendship.
In addition to the shared life of prayer and sacraments, Hintemeyers are expected to develop a strong leadership profile each year by committing to substantial leadership roles on or off campus. As examples, students may hold traditional leadership roles, such as Resident Advisor, participate in and eventually lead existing clubs or organizations, or found new programs or projects on or off campus. All leadership proposals are approved by the program director and may be adapted with permission at any time. Successful Hintemeyers tend to be excited about the freedom they have to discern their leadership roles based upon their strengths and passions, and about the opportunity to serve others through those God-given gifts.
Eligibility: Minimum non-weighted high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher and a combined verbal and math SAT or ACT score of 1050 (Math and EBRW sections only).
Duration: Renewable for up to four years. Students must be full-time and remain in good academic standing.