THE CHAUTAUQUA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR PERSONAL GROWTH

is a four-week seminar designed for young adults (ages 18-25) to develop as individuals and leaders at historic Chautauqua Institution. The program fosters

• individual growth—exploring self-awareness & personal strengths to develop in confidence & faith as a Christian
• compassionate leadership—maturing in empathy, understanding, and empowerment
• positive change—making a difference in the community and the world.

Chautauqua (CHQ) Scholars travel to the program from different parts of the planet, offering excellent opportunities to develop friendships and learn from each other. In addition to a daily class devoted to personal growth, Scholars enroll in special interest courses, selecting from a wide range of options—over 300 offerings—as suited to individual interests and needs. Participants hear from well-known faith leaders and from top scholars on a wide range of subjects. They enjoy the richness of the arts—concerts of all kinds, plays, operas, art shows, and dance performances—all on the Chautauqua grounds. There is also time for recreation, reflection, and relaxation.

In short, the program utilizes the unique opportunities of Chautauqua Institution, together with daily sessions of exploration and discussion, that help to develop the fullness of each participant—mind, spirit, heart, and body.

All this takes place in the beautiful, lakeside setting of Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, located in western New York State.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Any Christian between 18 and 25 years old who has had at least 1 year of college or university (or equivalent work experience) and who has an interest in learning is invited to apply.

 

 

WHAT CHARACTERISTICS ARE COMMON TO CHQ SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS?

 

CHRISTIAN BELIEFS AND PRACTICE

The practice of religion, traditionally the foundation of all other activities at Chautauqua, is reaffirmed at the Sunday morning church service, Sunday evening Sacred Song service, Tuesday denominational house gatherings, daily devotions Monday through Friday in our chapel and morning worship in the amphitheater. People from all faiths and at all stages of their faith journeys worship at Chautauqua.

AN INQUIRING MIND

All sides of public questions are open to discussion on the Chautauqua platform and tolerance of differing viewpoints is practiced as part of Chautauqua’s tradition. Chautauqua believes that “education ends only with life”.

ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM

Worship, lectures, classes, concerts and other entertainment begin in the morning and run through the evening. The diversity of people at Chautauqua has led to a variety of programming, attracting the “best talent” in their respective fields.

AN APPRECIATION OF THE ARTS

Every day is full of opportunities to enjoy symphony concerts, artists’ recitals, operas, plays, art exhibits and dance programs.

RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY

Sharing living areas with others from varied backgrounds requires that you respect differences and accept responsibility for household tasks. We welcome and appreciate students of any national/ ethnic origin who are of good character.

Watch, Listen, and Read

The 2017 CHQ Scholars Slideshow

From The Silver Cross Magazine, winter 2017, please see the latest Chautauqua Scholarship Program article here: http://iokds.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Silver-Cross-Winter-2017.pdf

 

From the Chautauquan Daily in 2017:  http://chqdaily.com/2017/07/chautauqua-scholars-bond-faith-new-experiences/

The 2016 CHQ Scholars Slideshow

 

From The Silver Cross Magazine, winter 2016, please see the Chautauqua Scholarship Program article here:  http://iokds.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/silvercrosswinter2016.pdf

 

From The Silver Cross Magazine, spring 2016, please see the Chautauqua Scholarship Program article here:  http://iokds.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/cspsilvercrossarticle2016.pdf

Guy Karam (2015 scholar, Lebanon) created this award-winning video in a contest sponsored by the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau.

Guy Karam's Award Winning Video

From The Silver Cross Magazine, winter 2015, the latest Chautauqua Scholarship Program article:  images/pdf_forms/chautauqua/cspsilvercross.pdf

 

Follow this link to gain a strong sense of the type of young people who thrive at Chautauqua.http://chqdaily.com/2015/07/11/a-bigger-world-iokds-scholars-experience-chautauqua-for-the-first-time/

John Warren, son of a former CHQScholar, writing coach and columnist for The Chautauquan Daily wrote this article focused on Joe Abi-Khattar (Lebanon), and one of his Chautauua experiences. http://chqdaily.com/2015/08/10/the-front-porch-joe-abi-khattar-breaks-bread/

Melissa Tawk (2014 scholar, 2015 intern, Lebanon) created this short video below.

Melissa Tawk's Video Highlights from 2015

For further information, please contact Chautauqua Scholarship Program Director, Roger Barrows, at DirectorCHQScholars@gmail.com.

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