Honors Program: Full-Tuition Scholarship Competition
Each year, the WJU Honors Program awards two full-tuition scholarships to students who compete successfully in a multi-stage event during their senior year of high school. The Stephen J. Laut, S.J. Scholarship is renewable for all four years of the student’s undergraduate course of study at WJU, as long as the student continues to maintain all Honors Program qualifications. (Please see History and Design for more information on Fr. Laut.)
The Multi-Stage Laut Scholarship Competition
The Director of the Honors Program, in consultation with another WJU faculty member, selects 15-20 finalists based on their general qualifications and specific performance on the essay. Finalists are notified before Christmas and invited (with their families) to the second phase of the competition on campus in late January.
The Director of the Honors Program, faculty colleagues, WJU Honors Program alumni and current Ignatian Honors Seminar members conduct the on-campus, semi-finalist phase of the competition. Semi-finalists participate in four sessions of activities:
Each session is roughly 30 minutes in duration; during the two hours that the semi-finalists compete, the families of the semi-finalists will be entertained by a lively sample Honors Seminar “class meeting,” have a break for refreshments, and engage in a Q&A session with Honors Program faculty and students. At the end of the two-hour competition, semi-finalists are reunited with their families and served a full-course dinner compliments of Wheeling Jesuit University.
The Director, in consultation with participating faculty and Honors Program alumni and current students, as well as with the WJU Admissions staff, determines the two winners and alternates as soon as possible in early February and notifies all participants. Those offered the four-year, full-tuition scholarship typically have two weeks to accept the offer.
Continuing Four-Year Qualifications for the Laut Scholarship
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