Fr. Felix Hintemeyer Catholic Leadership Program

Welcome from the Hintemeyer Program Director

Greetings in Christ, and thank you for your interest in the Hintemeyer Catholic Leadership Program at Belmont Abbey College.

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 employment 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 knowledge, and to discern through reflection and practice the nature of authentic Catholic leadership. Central to each participant’s experience will be seminars on a variety of leadership and faith topics, communal prayer and participation in the sacraments, and regular student-generated service and leadership activities on and off campus. Many leadership programs tend to force students into a homogenous box; the Hintemeyer Program, in contrast, is designed to encourage each student to examine closely his or her God-given gifts and inclinations and seek ways to use those creatively to build up the college and surrounding community.

If you believe yourself to be a young man or woman with character, initiative, and energy, I would be happy to consider you for our program. Please feel free to write or call any time with inquiries.

Mr. Patrick Ford
Director, Hintemeyer Catholic Leadership Program
Director of Campus Ministry
Belmont Abbey College


Caroline McKinney ’14 praying the rosary at sunset

Joining the Hintemeyer Program

High school seniors with a grade point average of  3.5 or higher may submit an application for admission to the Hintemeyer Program

Students admitted to the Hintemeyer Program are generally awarded an Hintemeyer Scholarship. Recipients of this prestigious award receive significant financial assistance annually.

In order to apply for admission to the program you must complete an online application. The online application will be available on or before November 1 of the year prior to your freshman enrollment at Belmont Abbey College. Return to this page for a link to the application. Applications are due by January 31, 2016.

As part of the application process, students will need to take part in a Scholarship Interview. Ordinarily, the Scholarship Interview takes place during our Scholarship Weekend, which will be held this year on February 19-20th, 2016.  If a student is unable to attend the Scholarship Weekend, he or she should contact the Hintemeyer Program Director over a week prior to the event in order to make alternative arrangements for an interview.

The Hintemeyer Scholarship is a four-year award. Renewal for each academic year will be contingent upon maintenance of a 3.25 grade point average and standards of behavior befitting a Catholic leader, as well as full participation in the Hintemeyer Program and all the obligations included therein.

Click here for program application and additional information.
Non-scholarship recipients are able to be involved in the Hintemeyer program, as well. Please contact Patrick Ford at 704-461-6545 for more information.