Gregorian Scholars Honors Program
Reflection, Engagement, and Community
The Gregorian Scholars Honors Program is a community of students and faculty that unites intellectual life, faith, and our local cultural history to create an invigorating environment of thought and reflection.
Rooted in the rich tradition of the liberal arts, the program is open to students from all disciplines and schools and distinguished by the close personal attention students receive from faculty mentors.
Inspired by Newman’s Idea of a university, Gregorian Scholars Honors Program cultivates friendship between students who are united by their desire to pursue the truth for its own sake. The program is entirely extracurricular. Honors students participate in monthly colloquia, where fellow students and faculty mentors gather around a significant reading from within the Western tradition. They also attend a series of events including an annual speaker and cultural excursions. Gregorian Scholars develop into careful readers, concise thinkers, and engaged conversationalists.
As a Gregorian Honors scholar, you will:
- Participate in a minimum of three evening colloquia per semester with honors faculty
- Engage with great thinkers and texts
- Examine beautiful works of art
- Experience outstanding performances
- Explore the natural wonders and historical sites of North Dakota and the Great Plains
- Enjoy meals and conversations with faculty mentors and guest speakers.
Students who have a deep longing for the noble and the true will find in this program a place of personal engagement with the most significant and pressing questions of human existence.
Meet Honors Faculty Mentors
The Honors Program is set apart by the mentorship that students receive from faculty — in and out of the classroom.
David Echelbarger, PhD
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Matthew Brumit, PhD
Assistant Professor of English, Fellow in Catholic Studies, Faculty Mentor for Honors Program
Nathan Kilpatrick, PhD
Associate Professor of English and Catholic Studies
Michon M. Matthiesen, PhD
Associate Professor of Theology, Gregorian Scholars Honor Program Mentor
Honors Application and Scholarships
Scholarships are available to honors applicants, determined by the honor faculty members based on the application essay. Awards include:
- The St. Thomas Aquinas Scholars Award — $2,000 per year for four years, in addition to existing academic scholarships.
- The Presidential Scholarship — $6,000 per year for four years, awarded to one incoming student.