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Honors Program

A prestigious mentorship program for America’s top students

The ISI Honors Program is a highly selective yearlong program that has attracted and educated the nation’s most promising conservative undergraduates.

“One of the best intellectual experiences of my life.”
—Andrew Guernsey, Johns Hopkins University

When you are chosen as an Honors Scholar, you will receive a full scholarship to attend an in-depth, weeklong summer conference where you will explore the West’s traditions of liberty with a group of top students, professors, and speakers. Through the course of the academic year, you will have opportunities to work closely with a professional mentor and to attend special weekend seminars.

Apply to be an Honors Scholar

2017–18 Theme: Traditions of Liberty

America, as the song extols it, is preeminently a “sweet land of liberty.” But so successful have Americans been at securing liberty as their birthright that they seldom reflect on just how great and hard-won their achievement has been. They tend, instead, to presume that liberty is “easy”—the natural condition of mankind, a simple matter of leaving people alone.

But the liberty we prize is not so simple. In fact, American liberty is the profoundly complex fruit of multiple traditions that constitute its foundation.

How is it that these traditions came together in American experience? Are they always complementary or are they sometimes in tension? Are there dimensions of liberty that are, in fact, unacknowledged in the American settlement? What happens when the moral sources of our liberty are eroded or obscured?

This summer, join ISI as we explore some of the most important questions in contemporary political theory and practice. Applications are due March 6, 2017. 

Apply to be an Honors Scholar


When you are accepted into this exclusive program, you will begin your yearlong Honors Scholarship by attending a weeklong summer conference:

Date:             August 5–11, 2017
Location:      Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon

Testimonials
tudents and professors, plucked from their respective campuses to unite under the common goal of education and liberty, have been the source of much inspiration and conversation that could not be replicated elsewhere. - See more at: https://home.isi.org/spotlight/courtney-mceachon#sthash.IScD3hKK.dpuf

“I have discovered an intellectual home at ISI. . . . Life changing.”
Connor Mighell, Baylor University

tudents and professors, plucked from their respective campuses to unite under the common goal of education and liberty, have been the source of much inspiration and conversation that could not be replicated elsewhere. - See more at: https://home.isi.org/spotlight/courtney-mceachon#sthash.IScD3hKK.dpuf

“I can’t think of another place where I’ve encountered so many high-caliber conservative students.”
Tyler Dobbs, Harvard University

“The students and professors I have met through the Honors Program have been the source of inspiration and conversation that could not be replicated elsewhere.”
Courtney McEachon, Yale University

“Profoundly shaped my intellectual development.”
Heath Tarbert, former associate counsel to the president of the United States

“The ISI Honors Program has been a life-changing experience.”
Adam Saxton, Northwestern College

“The best experience of my life so far. Everything was perfectly planned and executed to foster an environment where learning and developing lasting relationships were one’s only concerns.”
Alexander Falconer, Regent University