Southern Scholars is an interdisciplinary honors program at Southern Adventist University. Southern Scholars students pursue a rigorous and rewarding curriculum of religion, science, and humanities. They also complete three Honors Seminar (exploring research, creativity, belief, and doubt) and a senior project—a significant work of research or creativity within the student's major. But Southern Scholars is not simply a curriculum; it is opportunities to enhance your education through participation in events planned for inquisitive people.
Southern Scholars receive many short-term and long-term benefits from the honors program, not least of which is personal satisfaction from completing a rigorous program and an increased appreciation of culture within a Christian context.
Southern Scholars who remain in good and regular standing by meeting the honors program requirements for one academic year are eligible for a Southern Scholar Scholarship. Scholarships are available accordingly:
- $1,500 for the 2nd year of Southern Scholars
- $2,500 for the 3rd year of Southern Scholars
- $3,500 for the 4th year of Southern Scholars
In order for Southern Scholars to receive scholarships they must continue to meet all program requirements.
Honors Seminars 251, 451, 452 (required courses for Southern Scholars) are free.
Throughout the year, various speakers, artists, and musicians visit the university. Whenever possible, Southern Scholars are invited to meet with these distinguished visitors on an informal basis.
Southern Scholars also receive special recognition at graduation, along with an honors medallion. Accomplishments as a Southern Scholar will be a permanent part of a student's academic transcript, a real advantage when pursuing advanced education. Past Southern Scholars have gone on to medical school, pastoral work, law school, and graduate work in other fields at such institutions as The University of Chicago, Emory, Loma Linda, and Duke University.
To join Southern Scholars, you must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.7 or higher, and an ACT composite score of 23, or SAT cumulative score of 1140. Current Southern students who wish to join Southern Scholars must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher after finishing 31 to 62 semester hours of college credit. Prospective Southern Scholars must submit an application for admission. Admission is selective and based on a student's overall academic and personal achievements.