Our Premier Scholarships

The Honors College

The Honors Fellowship is awarded to students accepted into the Honors College, the foremost academic scholarship program at Belmont Abbey College. Like the Great Books programs at Columbia, Oxford, and Notre Dame, the Honors College inspires students to pursue what Matthew Arnold famously described as “the best which has been thought and said in the world.” Here at the Abbey, students are encouraged to do this through a unique series of courses, lectures, and independent studies, in which they learn to listen to authors, teachers, and each other with what The Rule of St. Benedict calls “the ear of your heart.”

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Saint Thomas More Scholarship

At a time when Americans are increasingly interested in questions of religious liberty and the relationship between Church and State, Belmont Abbey College offers select applicants the opportunity to become Thomas More Scholars.

The Thomas More Scholarship Program of Belmont Abbey College seeks to attract and form men and women committed to the exercise of public moral courage. It is a four-year educational and social experience designed to encourage and strengthen students who are intellectually astute, morally serious, and who are interested in issues related to just government and good citizenship. Strong students interested in pursuing any academic major offered at Belmont Abbey College may become Thomas More Scholars. Applicants should also be keenly interested in subjects that were of special interest to Thomas More, such as Theology, English, Modern or Classical Languages, History, Fine Arts, or Political Philosophy.

The Thomas More Scholars enjoy several unique curricular and extra-curricular events each year. A Thomas More Seminar in subjects such as Theology, English, Fine Arts, or History is provided to each class level annually, and the yearly Thomas More Lecture features a speaker who is a paragon of public moral courage or who is an expert in the work of Thomas More and his era. The More Scholars have the opportunity to pursue a values-oriented internship in law, politics, or social service. They gather for several social events each year, including More Dessert which features late 15th-century confectionery treats prepared according to period recipes.

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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 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, culminating junior year in a large-scale project of the student’s own design.

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