- Studying the greatness of God and the greatness of His ways.
- Studying God’s creative works.
- Wrestling with the question: Is my purpose realized through self-affirmation and a proud rejection of God or self-affirmation in loving obedience to God?
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (February 13, 2020) – Scholars Weekend at Regent University is about investing in emerging Christian world changers. It represents excellence, prestige, and a keen focus on the power of knowledge and faith, together. Perhaps most importantly for traditional-aged incoming freshmen, it represents an annual opportunity for some of the nation’s best and brightest students to compete for more than $1 million in college scholarships – including the largest institutional awards available to incoming Regent freshmen. On Thursday, February 6, Regent welcomed 112 students, alongside 169 parents and guardians, for the university’s 15th annual Scholars Weekend. These high-achieving young men and women were invited following a rigorous application process and submissions from nearly 200 prospective students. What is the Profile of a Scholars Weekend Student? These Scholars hailed from 18 states, with 50 students representing Virginia. Their average GPA was 4.13, and their averaged standardized test scores put them in the 92nd percentile. Forty-one of the students were homeschooled. What Events Were Included in Scholars Weekend? During their time on Regent’s campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Scholars Weekend guests engaged with faculty and staff, collaborated with other national scholars and current Regent students, and participated in typical campus life and worship. Parents took part in sessions on financial aid and housing, as well as a campus tour and powerful discussion on campus safety with Regent Chief of Police Chris Mitchell. Concurrently, their Scholars completed timed essays, participated in one-on-one interviews, and even took on the challenge of a spirited group scavenger hunt. “We had the privilege of getting a personal view of these gifted young men and women in areas from intellect and leadership to communication and teachability. And each of them is truly remarkable,” said Avery Walsh, senior director of Undergraduate Admissions for the College of Arts & Sciences. “My team is humbled to invest in them and excited for the future, knowing that God is mobilizing such a high-caliber generation of Christian leaders.” Honors College Announcement During the capstone Scholars Weekend banquet on Friday evening, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riano announced the launch of a standalone Honors College on Regent’s Georgian-style campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The college is recruiting now for its first class, to begin in August 2020. The Honors College will offer sophisticated honors curricula based on its unique educational L.I.F.E. model: great Learning, Instruction, Faculty, and Expectations. The L.I.F.E. approach to honors education at Regent will be offered by some of the best faculty in the country who serve at the university. “Simply said, the focus of the Honors College is to discover greatness – the greatness of God, the greatness of His ways and His acts, and the greatness that He allows us to accomplish through Him,” Moreno-Riano shared. “We believe it will absolutely transform students to be great leaders to make the world a better place.” Read more about the Regent University Honors College. Moreno-Riano also identified three emphases that will remain at the center of the Honors experience: