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Honors Program

A prestigious mentorship program for America’s top students

The ISI Honors Program is a highly selective yearlong mentorship program that helps students become leaders in their fields. For twenty years the program 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

ISI Honors Scholars participate in a highly selective yearlong leadership program that connects promising undergraduates with a professional mentor who can guide them through reading projects, intellectual questions, and career options.

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 work closely with your mentor and have the opportunity to attend special ISI weekend seminars. You will also receive an array of ISI publications and be given special priority for employment, fellowship, and internship opportunities. 


2016–17 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. 

Please e-mail honors@isi.org if you have questions.


When you are accepted into this exclusive program, you will begin your yearlong Honors Scholarship by attending one of two weeklong summer conferences:

Date:             Summer 2017
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Date:             Summer 2017
Location:      TBD

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