SEMIFINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2017 AUGUSTINIAN SCHOLARSHIP AND HONORS PROGRAM
After reviewing many outstanding applications, Westmont College has announced 100 semifinalists for the Augustinian Scholarship and Honors Program. The candidates have been invited to campus for a two-day event to select 30 Augustinian Scholars, who will receive annual scholarships ranging from $35,000 ($140,000 for four years) to full tuition.
Semifinalists have received invitations emailed on December 19 and mailed on December 20. Westmont will announce the members of the second class of Augustinian Scholars in late February.
Westmont awards 30 Augustinian Scholarships to incoming first-year students each year, offering them a personal yet demanding education that fosters a deep love of God. These students receive at least $140,000 total for four years, and they participate in the Augustinian Honors Program.
Two key qualities make Augustinian Scholars exceptional: intellectual curiosity and openness to God’s work in their lives. They challenge themselves with rigorous training in every area of human knowledge so they can lead and serve in every sphere of society. In the fifth century, Augustine made the finest defense ever for the enduring presence of thoughtful Christians in society, and Westmont seeks to educate a new generation of Augustinians.
The Augustinian Honors Program blends an engaging seminar with hands-on activities as scholars begin to discover their calling in life. Westmont’s caring Christian community encourages their discussions, reflections and actions as they develop into thoughtful, well-informed Christians equipped to make a winsome defense of their faith. Leadership training and study abroad enhance their education.
If you are a high school junior graduating in 2018, you can start thinking now about the Augustinian Scholarship. You'll need to apply to Westmont by November 15, 2017. The college invites candidates to campus in January and February to compete for 30 awards and announces the recipients in late February.
To be considered as candidates for the 2018 Augustinian Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Westmont consistently ranks among the top colleges and universities in the nation.
For the seventh straight year, the U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT ranked Westmont in the top 100 best liberal arts colleges. “AMERICA’S BEST COLLEGES, 2016 EDITION” lists Westmont as 93rd out of the nation’s liberal arts colleges.
THE WASHINGTON POST listed Westmont as No. 15 in the nation among colleges and universities with the GREATEST SALARY GROWTH between average starting and average mid-career salaries of graduates. (see graph below)
For the second straight year, FORBES MAGAZINE has ranked Westmont in the top 100 colleges and universities in its survey, “THE 100 TOP ROI COLLEGES 2014: THE GRATEFUL GRADS INDEX.”
In a new ranking, FORBES MAGAZINE names Westmont No. 10 of the top 50 MOST ENTREPRENEURIAL COLLEGES IN THE NATION, in 2015 based on the number of businesses started by graduates.
Aurelius Augustine, who lived from 354-430 A.D. in Northern Africa, served as bishop of Hippo and published numerous works about the Christian faith that continue to inspire believers today. Recognized as the most significant Christian thinker of his time, Augustine created an influential and compelling theological system.
In 410 AD, Alaric and the Goths stormed the citadel of Rome and burned the city gates, symbolic of conquest in the ancient world. The act traumatized the citizens of Rome and set off a wave of panic across the entire empire. Eventually, the Romans repelled the barbarian hordes, and the political leaders regrouped. But like all corrupt politicians, they needed someone or something to blame to divert attention from their own gross incompetence. As historians have carefully documented, the Romans accused the Christians of causing their demise and began to mount a case against the new religion.
When Augustine heard of the attack and the response accusing Christians, he grew alarmed that Roman leaders might succeed in discrediting the church. He began to write The City of God. From 413 to 426 A.D., he excavated the history of the Roman Empire, pointing out in case after case that, contrary to popular belief, the Christians had not contributed to the demise of Rome. Instead, he identified them as the moral thread holding the empire together.
This was the last book Augustine wrote. He died four years later after making the finest defense ever for the enduring presence of thoughtful Christians in every society.