Summer Scholars Program

Apply to the 2014 Summer Scholars Program
The application deadline has been EXTENDED to April 30, 2014!

The Summer Scholars Essay Contest, awarding eight scholarships, is now open to all applicants!
(More details below.)


Program Description:

The Summer Scholars Program is designed for intelligent, gifted young men and women who aim to become not just successful employees, but fully human persons, as God intended. More specifically, this is an opportunity to sample a special kind of education—a kind that aspires not only to prepare its students for prosperous careers, but to investigate the meaning of a truly good life: a life of honest self-examination, delighting in what is True, Good, Beautiful, and formation into the image of Jesus Christ.

What:  A college-acredited, residential honors program
.           (Limited to 40 students per class)

WhenMATH240    -    July 7-15, 2014
.             INST161     -    July 17-25, 2014

Where:  Eastern University, St. Davids Campus
.             1300 Eagle Road, St. Davids, PA 19087

For:  High school students (entering junior or senior year)


  • Earn 3 college credits
  • Enhance your academic resume
  • Sharpen skills of thinking, analysis, discussion, and writing with the Templeton Honors College’s faculty
  • Receive one-to-one college-level academic tutorials
  • Take a cultural trip to Philadelphia or New York City
  • Experience college life while living in residential halls on Eastern University’s main campus
  • Make friendships to last a lifetime. You could even meet your future roommate!

Click here to view the Summer Scholars Program 2014 Brochure.


Course I: “The Mystery of the Infinite” (MATH240)
July 7-15, 2014

The Mystery of the Infinite (MATH 240) will draw the mind of the student into the eternal mathematical realities which exist in the mind of God. Discrete Mathematics will be the disciplinary field in which students will wrestle with some of the most foundational questions about mathematics. What are numbers? How does their being relate to God and can they be known? What does it mean for a collection to be infinite? Are some infinities larger than others? Does mathematical proof provide real certainty?

Students will complete a rigorous college-level Discrete Mathematics course which will include logic, proof, set theory, cardinality and graph theory. In this context, connections will be made with the nature of the Christian God, his Word and his creation.

Over a nine day period students will be challenged from an interdisciplinary group of Eastern University’s faculty in disciplines such as mathematics, astronomy, theology and philosophy. In addition to daily times of prayer and devotion, as well as sabbath keeping, the experience includes visits to Eastern’s planetarium and the Museum of Mathematics in New York.


Course II: “Citizenship: on Earth as it is in Heaven?” (INST161)
July 17-25, 2014

Citizenship: On Earth as it is In Heaven? (INST161) will build upon the early Christian observation that the Christian is a citizen of two cities, the city of God and the city of man. Plato and Aristotle taught that individual citizens joined together to labor for the public good. Together citizens form the city (or polis) as their field of public action toward that good. But in the New Testament, Christians found themselves with the difficult challenge of not only inhabiting a city here on earth, but having been made citizens of the Kingdom of God inaugurated in Christ.

With the dawn of the modern era this two-cities framework drove much of the political debate in the West. Are we to build a noble republic upon the basis of divine ideals or upon human realities? Can these two cities be joined together into one political entity? Or must they be divided by a wall of separation? Is it the city of man which must be protected from invasions by the city of God, or vice versa? And more recently, as belief in God declines in the West, can we build “heaven” on earth thought public policies, social movements, military might, and scientific progress? These questions and others are repeated by Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Jefferson, Marx, de Tocqueville, and many others; and these are the question we will consider in this nine-day course.

Students will be challenged from an interdisciplinary group of Eastern University’s faculty in disciplines such as history, philosophy, theology, and literature. In addition to daily times of prayer and devotion, as well as Sabbath keeping, the experience includes visits to Eastern’s planetarium and Independence National Park in Philadelphia.


Admission & Cost:

Admission to the Summer Scholars Program is limited to forty students, and is based on an evaluation of the applicant’s demonstrated leadership and academic potential. Applicants will be notified about their status with the Summer Scholars Program once all application materials have been received.

The total cost for the Summer Scholars Program is $1,799.00. This cost accounts for room, board, program fee, all off-campus costs during the program, and all instructional hours which will be awarded with 3 college-credits upon completion of the program.

Scholarships are available (both need-based and via the Summer Scholars Essay Contest—see below). Contact us if you wish to learn more.

Summer Scholars in class discussion.

Dates & Deadlines:

April 15, 2014          Application Due

April 18, 2014          Essay Contest Submission Due (contest information below)

April 30, 2014          Letter of Notice

May 15, 2014           Confirmation & Deposit

June 15, 2014          Final Payment Due

July 7-15, 2014        Summer Scholars Program – Course I

July 17-25, 2014       Summer Scholars Program – Course II


Apply Now:

Summer Scholars Program 2014 Application

Applications can be sent by mail to:

Templeton Honors College, SSP
1300 Eagle Road St. Davids, PA 19087
or email/fax:


The Summer Scholars Essay Contest:

The Templeton Honors College is pleased to announce the Summer Scholars Essay Contest.  The contest offers eight prizes: two first-prize winners will receive full scholarships ($1799), two second-prize winners will receive half scholarships ($900), and four third-prize winners will receive partial scholarships ($400).

This contest is open to all high school sophomores and juniors applying to the Summer Scholars Program. To be considered, entries must be submitted with an application, unless the contestant has already applied.

Topic: Choose and reply to one of the following questions:
“What is the purpose of education?”
“What, if anything, can we know with true certainty?”
Length: 300-500 words
Format: Times New Roman, 12-point; single-spaced; 1″ inch margins; include full name and contact information
Deadline: April 18, 2014 (5:00pm, EST)

Entries and applications can be emailed (, faxed (610.341.1790), or mailed:

The Templeton Honors College, SSP Essay Contest
1300 Eagle Road
St. Davids, PA 19087


Contact Us:

We welcome your questions and concerns, which can be directed to Mr. Evan Hewitt, Program Officer of the Summer Scholars Program:

Templeton Honors College, SSP
1300 Eagle Road
St. Davids, PA 19087

Phone: 610.225.5473
Fax: 610.341.1790


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