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EU Scholars Honors Program

The EU Scholars Honors program is built around your who.

Who do you see yourself becoming and what are you willing to invest to become that person? With a wiliness to put forth effort, graduating from college is an attainable goal for just about anyone. But when you graduate, who do you see in the mirror? Do you have a degree? Do you have first step in your career, be it employment or further education?

Those options are what you do, but not who you are. We believe that the EU Scholars will provide students with more than just increased rigor or time commitments – it is not about working harder and certainly not about being busy. It is the opportunity for purposeful industry grounded in the person you desire to become.

Ultimately, students who chose to join the EU Scholars are able to shape their direction. Whether choosing the pathway of teaching, health care or business, the EU Scholars determine steps that will enhance their academic direction. As a result, their purposeful selections along with the required expectations engage the EU Scholars in a focused and enriching development.

Program Summary

EU Scholars is a community of like-minded people enhancing their learning to discover their unique identities. The program provides a framework of opportunities customized for enrichment in character, knowledge, and leadership.

 

The Three Pillars of the EU Scholars Honors Program:

Character, Knowledge, Leadership

 

Program Requirements

Character:

Aptitude and capacity are always in abundant supply with high achievers. To make the most of these gifts, depth of character is a non-negotiable. Throughout the EU Scholars program, students are given opportunities to reflect, invest and develop a godly character.

  • Mentoring
    • Two years receiving mentorship from EU Faculty, Staff or Alumni
    • One year providing mentorship to new EU Scholars
    • Mentorship process taught in Honors Seminar (HON 200)
  • LEAD 200: Campus Leadership
  • Enrichment opportunities: Courageous Conversations
    • Opportunities to dialogue with EU community members on challenging topics
    • Dates TBA
  • Community Service
    • Serve in the community (including church) at least once per semester
    • Examples provided each semester
    • Summer opportunities are eligible options
  • Global Connections
    • EU Scholars will plan one trip each year
    • Student may choose one independently
  • Character Requirements Summary
Mentoring 3 years (2 as a mentee / 1 as a mentor)
Community Service 8 semesters
LEAD 200 1 credit
Global Connections  1 trip
Enrichment opportunities 8 semesters

Knowledge:

  • Students who choose to participate in the EU Scholars are expected to follow one of two paths of academic coursework. Each course serves a dual purpose: (1) they provide students with an enriching often interdisciplinary intellectual purpose, and (2) they are options that fulfill Core Curriculum requirements. Students have the freedom to choose either pathway. The first path is designed for students who do not transfer courses into Evangel. The second path is designed for students who transfer in courses that fulfill Core Curriculum requirements. EU Scholars have the freedom to choose the academic path they feel is the best for them.
  • Academic Path One
COURSE CREDIT
BIBL 111 HONORS: ESSENTIAL CHRISTIANITY 3
HON 200: HONORS SEMINAR 1
HUMN 240: CULTURE 3
LEAD 470: LEADING OUT OF YOUR CALLING 2
HON 430: BEING HUMAN 3
LEAD 498: HONORS CAPSTONE 1
TOTAL CREDITS 13

 

  • Academic Path Two:
COURSE CREDIT
HON 200: HONORS SEMINAR 1
LEAD 470: LEADING OUT OF YOUR CALLING 2
HON 430: BEING HUMAN 3
CONTRACT COURSES 6
LEAD 498: HONORS CAPSTONE 1
TOTAL CREDITS 13

 

  • Contract courses:
    • This option provides students with the ability to (1) pursue a curiosity that comes to the surface in a course; and (2) can serve to fulfill the part of the Knowledge requirements for EU Scholars.
    • The guidelines are included with the program guide.
  • Enrichment
    • Each semester, students will have access to intellectually enriching experiences both on campus and in the Springfield community. These opportunities will be made available on the EU Scholars Course Commons page.
    • Students will be required to choose a minimum of one experience per semester and provide a reflection of the experience.
  • Knowledge Requirements Summary
Academic Coursework 13 credit hours
Enrichment Experiences 8 semesters

 

Knowledge: Academic Course Descriptions

BIBL 111 LEC 01

An introduction to some of the central concerns of the Christian life with emphasis on three main areas: 1) spiritual growth, 2) the integration of faith and learning as a way of developing a Christian worldview, and 3) finding one’s place in life in response to God’s call.

HON 200 LEC 1

This course introduces the students to the core principles of the EU Scholars Honors Program. Students will focus on character development, intellectual pursuits, and practical learning opportunities. While building relationships among peers, mentors and members of academic departments, students will continue developing effective habits of lifelong learning and cultivating a personal Christian worldview for life decisions.

LEAD 200 LEC 1

An introduction to leadership principles provides examples and practical applications of basic leadership skills and concepts for current and prospective student leaders who wish to serve as resident assistants, bed and breakfast facilitators, and leaders in student government, CROSSwalk, and other student organizations.

HON 430 LEC 1

An interdisciplinary study of what it means to be created in the image of God, led by professors in the field of theology, the natural sciences, the behavioral sciences, and the humanities. May be used to satisfy either to satisfy either Natural Science w/o lab requirement or Humanities option requirement.

HUMN 240 LEC 1

A study of how cultural products reflect a cultural context, giving attention to religion as a cultural element and to art and music in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the West. Prerequisite: BIBL 111. May be used to satisfy the “Artistic Expression” requirement in the Core Curriculum.

LEAD 470 LEC 1

The course offers an exploration of discipleship through the lens of life planning and life design skills. The structure of the course, including the integration faith, discipleship, work, and self-care rhythms will serve students for the whole of life. The courses addresses issues ranging from how to find and experience work that brings value to self and others, the importance of both knowing and being able to interpret one’s own story, the role of passion in our lives, and the power of goal setting. May be used to satisfy the “Behavioral and Social Science Option” in the Core Curriculum.

LEAD 498 LEC 1

A weekly seminar for graduating EU Scholars to meet with the EU Scholars advisor and sculpt the final capstone experience presentation. This project will vary based on individual; it is intended to both demonstrate student’s level of academic achievement and to show self-reflection on the student’s personal development throughout their years as an EU Scholar.  Presentation of this capstone project is a required element for completion.

Campus Leadership

  • EU Scholars will be expected to participate in a campus leadership role for a minimum of three years. With the many leadership opportunities across campus, students have the ability to choose an area where they best fit as an influential decision-maker at Evangel.
  • Students may choose to stay in one area or choose to engage in multiple opportunities.
  • Campus Leadership Requirements Summary
Campus Leadership Role 3 years

Application Requirements

Freshmen must come in with a 3.6 or above high school GPA and an ACT score of 28 or an SAT score of 1310.

Transfer students who have either been a member of an honors program in their previous university or are transferring in a 3.6 cumulative GPA are eligible to apply.

Returning students at sophomore status are eligible to apply if they have earned a 3.6 cumulative GPA in their first year at Evangel.

 

If you have questions about the Honors Program, contact Dr. Jon Spence, Director of the Center for Student Success, at 417.865.2815 ext. 8220 or spencej@evangel.edu.

 

 

Hear from an EU Scholar

“EU Scholars is a community that encourages and equips me. Through Scholars I had the opportunity to dig deeper into a class without feeling as if more pressure was added to my shoulders. My curiosity was encouraged and now I can look back and use the project in further research, while in graduate school, and also to add to my skill set while looking for a job. This program is shaping me in to what I know, what I do, and who I am and has affirmed that my pursuits are God-given.” – Morgan Brown, Junior EU Scholar, Allied Health