The Chautauqua Scholarship Program is a 4-week cultural educational adventure designed to strengthen your faith, build your confidence as a Christian and increase your leadership skills. It includes time for reflection, renewal, and rejoicing. You will hear well-known ministers from many Christian faiths, top lecturers from a range of academic disciplines, attend small group talks, enjoy concerts of all kinds and participate in special studies classes of your choice. There is time for recreation, building friendships and play.

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


Any Christian between 19 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.


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, morning 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.


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”.


Worship, lectures, classes, concerts and other entertainment run from early morning to late in the evening. The wide range of tastes among Chautauquans has encouraged the program department to provide great variety while holding to its “best talent” tradition.


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


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:


From the Chautauquan Daily in 2017:

The 2016 CHQ Scholars Slideshow


From The Silver Cross Magazine, winter 2016, please see the Chautauqua Scholarship Program article here:


From The Silver Cross Magazine, spring 2016, please see the Chautauqua Scholarship Program article here:

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.

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.

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, Vicki Carter, at

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