Scholars Academy

Are you a thinker? With an insatiable curiosity? Who believes in the transformative power of education?

You may be Scholar material.

As a Lewis Scholar, you can satisfy your Gen Ed requirements while engaging in higher-level thinking and challenging cross-training curriculum. Turn any course into a Scholars course by working with our faculty to create an individualized experience based on your special interests – culminating in a semester-ending presentation, performance or paper.

You’ll also get unprecedented opportunities to experience culture that stretches you as an individual. Take in Chicago’s rich history through architectural exploration, performances at the legendary Steppenwolf Theatre or exhibits at the renowned Art Institute through our “City-as-Text” program. Service-outreach opportunities. Study abroad program. And fascinating on-campus presentations and performances.

As a member of our Scholars Academy, you will be honored through recognition at university award events, at graduation and on your final transcript. Plus, along with the great networking opportunities you’ll experience as a Scholar, you’ll also attract a whole lot more job interest with your Scholars or Distinguished Scholars Diploma.

And the Scholar Program’s flexibility is perfect for those with busy schedules. Most scholars work either on- or off-campus. And many scholars are involved in Lewis athletics as well.

Scholars Program Requirements

First-Year Students
First-year students must have a high school GPA of at least 3.25, or an ACT score of 24 or better.

Returning/Transfer Students
Returning or transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better after two semesters of college-level work. You must enter the Scholars Academy no later than your last four semesters at Lewis in order to meet all of the necessary requirements.

Continuation Criteria
You must maintain a 3.25 GPA to remain in the Scholars Academy as well as make satisfactory progress toward program requirements, including at least one in-classroom and one out-of-classroom learning experience each semester. You must also meet with your director each year for a status audit and upon graduation for an exit interview.

Scholars Diploma
To achieve the Scholars Diploma, you must complete six in-classroom learning experiences, including three in general-education courses, two in your major and one capstone (a final project in your major). You will also need to earn 30 units of activity credit, including one service-learning activity and one presentation.

Distinguished Scholars Diploma
To achieve the Distinguished Scholars Diploma, you must complete eight in-classroom learning experiences, including four in general-education courses, three in your major and one capstone (a final project in your major). You will also need to earn 55 units of activity credit, including one service-learning activity and one presentation.

How to Apply

We recommend that you begin the Scholars Academy program the 2nd semester of your freshman year, after you’ve had some time to adjust to campus life.

In a 400-500 word essay, describe a powerful experience that changed the way you look at the world. This change may have transpired because of a book that you read, a visit to an unfamiliar place, a chance encounter with an interesting person or a deep conversation with a good friend.

Make sure you include your name, campus or home address and Student Identification Number at the upper-right-hand corner of the first page of your essay. Send you essay by mail or electronically to the Scholars Academy Director below.

For any other questions regarding our Scholars Program, feel free to contact:

Dr. Marne Bailey
Director, Scholars Academy  
Lewis University #250 
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 836-5395
BaileyMa@lewisu.edu