2019 Chautauqua Scholarship Program Overview

The Chautauqua Scholarship Program, initiated in 1920 and sponsored by the International Order of The King’s Daughters and Sons, makes its home for four weeks in the beautiful setting of The Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, New York. The 2019 Program will begin with a Welcome Dinner on Saturday evening, June 22, and end on Thursday evening, July 18.

This program is available through an application process to Christians, ages 18 through 25, who have completed at least one year of college, continuing education or work experiences. They should be curious and have a strong interest in learning about other cultures and beliefs.  Sharing living areas with those from varied backgrounds requires respecting differences and accepting responsibility for household tasks. We welcome and appreciate students of any national / ethnic origin who are of good character.

Art, Religion, Education, and Recreation are the four pillars of the Chautauqua Institution. The object of IOKDS is ‘the development of spiritual life and the stimulation of Christian activities’. At the intersection of IOKDS and Chautauqua, Scholars can expect to achieve some or all of the following outcomes:

  • A greater sense of self, leadership, and mission.
  • A deeper sense of spirituality through exposure to the variety of offerings from the Department of Religion.
  • Educational experiences from a wide range of courses offered through the Special Studies Program.
  • Varied recreational activities.
  • Relationship building with other young adults through service projects.

RELIGION: Through worship services, group discussions, and time for prayer and reflection, Scholars will have the opportunity to build a stronger and deeper confidence in their faith. Scholars may choose to prepare and present individual meditations and to serve as a scripture reader during Morning Worship at the Amphitheater. Coaching for scripture readers is available.

EDUCATION: Because of the strong presence of many denominations represented at Chautauqua, the Scholar will have access to a broad scope of different styles of worship. Each week the Institution presents a different theme with guest lecturers, authors, and a variety of events based on that theme. Courses offered through the Special Studies Program are designed to challenge and enrich each Scholar.  Within the Scholarship Program, there are numerous opportunities for developing as individuals and leaders, as well as to learn ways to  build community among people.

ART: Scholars are offered the opportunity to attend classes including art history, drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, and handcrafts. There are music classes and individual lessons offered through the Chautauqua Special Studies Program as well as photography and classes in the culinary arts. Scholars can attend concerts performed by the Chautauqua Symphony, the Festival Orchestra, and chamber ensembles. Opportunities are available for singing in the choir during the Sunday worship service. Arrangements can be made for Scholars to audition for the Motet Choir, which sings during tdaily weekday worship services. There are also performances available to the Scholar by the resident dance company, theater and opera departments.

RECREATION: Sailing classes are offered at levels from beginners through advanced. Four public swimming beaches within the grounds are available with lifeguards on duty. There are opportunities for learning and playing golf. Games include chess, bridge, juggling, basketball, kayaking, tennis and swimming. Turner Fitness Center is also available to Scholars.

Even with all that is offered daily, the Scholarship Program is designed to include time set aside for reflection and renewal of one’s spiritual life.



For more information, please contact:

Roger Barrows, Director
Chautauqua Scholarship Program
738 S Pennsylvania Avenue
Winter Park, FL  32789
407-920-9353 or DirectorCHQScholars@gmail.com