Vanguard University Scholars Program
Department website: https://www.vanguard.edu/admissions/scholars-program
Mission: The Vanguard University Scholars Program strives to engage students in a transformational experience of expanded academic, leadership and service endeavors within an interdisciplinary academic environment. This integrated approach to education provides students with unique academic objectives, scholarly engagement with faculty and administrators, and cultivates lifetime learning and leadership.
The Vanguard University Scholars Program (VUSP) works in conjunction with both curricular Institutional Learning Outcomes and the co-curricular Four-Year Discipleship Plan. VU Scholars are expected to strive towards those outcomes, but do so with excellence and integrity, as an example to the wider Vanguard community.
Students’ progress in the VU Scholars Program is measured in terms of Truth, Virtue and Service “merits,” which are earned by participation in academic, service, mentoring, or other qualified pursuits. Merits are not equivalent to credit or unit hours, but provide a way to quantify and measure matriculation in each of the three areas of emphasis. Students are required to complete 60 merits by graduation, with minimum requirements in each area. The VUSP Director has discretion to adjust merit requirements based on factors including, but not limited to, accelerated academic progress and student enrollment in intensive academic degree.
|TRUTH Merits||24 Merits|
|VIRTUE Merits||10 Merits|
|SERVICE Merits||12 Merits|
|Capstone Experience||4 Merits|
|Elective Merits (Scholars Choice) 1||10 Merits|
Electives may come from any area or combination of areas of the Scholar's choice.
Additional Honors Courses and Experiences:
- Scholars Senior Seminar, taken in conjunction with discipline Capstone (1-4 units)
- Experiential Education Component, fulfilled through Study Abroad, Outreach Programs, or Internships
- Research Project, fulfilled through independent academic research or participation in VU’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
For full program details, please see the VUSP Program Guide or contact the Associate Dean of International and Experiential Education.