The essayist William Deresiewicz wrote that “the true purpose of education is to make minds, not careers.” Augsburg’s Honors Program helps students consider education for its own sake, and to create an educational experience that, in spite of this focus (or because of it), helps students discover a fulfilling vocation. Honors at Augsburg includes an enriched curriculum, collaborative projects with professors, the chance for students to design their own courses, conduct independent research, and receive personal attention in preparing for graduate, law, and medical school fellowships.
The Augsburg University Honors and President’s Scholarships recognize students who show academic excellence and leadership ability. The competition includes two types of awards: the Honors Scholarship and the President’s Scholarship. Applying for the Honors Program automatically considers you for both and students who are awarded one of these scholarships are offered a place in our Honors Program.
Visit the Honors Program website for more information on these opportunities. I’m eager to read your application and discover what type of fun and challenging education you’ll create!
– Phil Adamo, Director of Honors
Additional Information and Application Process
The Augsburg University Honors and President’s Scholarships recognize students of exceptional academic ability with strong evidence of leadership potential. Finalists for the Honors Program are invited to campus for an interview that is completed within 2 weeks of acceptance at Augsburg. Ten President’s Scholarships are awarded annually with one student receiving a full tuition scholarship through a final interview process during Scholarship Weekend. Students will be notified if they are selected for a final interview for the President’s Scholarship upon receiving admission into the Honors Program.
Students must apply for the Honors Program within their application to the University to be considered for the Honors Scholarship and President’s Scholarship. For consideration, students are suggested to have a 3.5 or higher GPA or a 27 or greater ACT composite score. Award decisions are based on academic criteria, a letter of academic recommendation, leadership activities, an essay, and an on-campus interview. To receive this award, qualified students are required to live on campus and to participate in Augsburg’s Honors Program.
Applicants are encouraged to apply for additional scholarships for which they might qualify, but if an Honors Scholarship is awarded, the recipient cannot receive any other Augsburg scholarships, with the exception of a Fine Arts Scholarship. If a President’s Scholarship is awarded, the recipient cannot receive any other Augsburg scholarships.
Application Process: Students apply for the Honors Program and consideration for an Honors Scholarship or President’s Scholarship within their application to the University. Students must indicate on their application to the University that they are applying for the Honors Program and respond to the proper essay prompt at the time they submit their application to be considered.
Honors Scholarship Amount: $23,000 per year
President’s Scholarship Amount: $30,000 per year with one student receiving a full tuition scholarship.
Application Deadline: Honors Program interview must be completed within 2 weeks of acceptance and students must have their completed Augsburg application submitted no later than January 15th, 2018. Students will be notified if they are selected for a final interview for the President’s Scholarship upon receiving admission into the Honors Program.
Scholarship Weekend: All recipients are invited to attend a recognition event during Scholarship Weekend on February 16-17, 2018.