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.