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.