New Scholar-in-Residence program invites returning students to live in residence, build scholarly community

New Scholar-in-Residence program invites returning students to live in residence, build scholarly community

King’s has a new scholarship program that will help build an even stronger living/learning community.

The Scholar-In-Residence program invites students in upper years who are in good academic standing to live on campus. Each scholar will receive $2,500 to use toward residence fees. They will have access to resources that will help them connect with other academically high-achieving students to facilitate activities and discussions. Participating students will be responsible for organizing one academic-related community program a year.

King’s Dean of Students Katie Merwin has announced a new Scholar-in-Residence program that provides funding for upper-year students to live in residence and run academic programming on campus.

“The type of students who come to King’s understand that learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom,” said Dean of Students Katie Merwin. “The kinds of conversations that contribute to their learning happen in the cafeteria and while sitting on the window ledge in their dorm room.”

The program is available to any student in scholarship standing who is continuing a graduate program or entering at least the second year of an undergraduate program. Applicants must not only show academic achievement but a commitment to the life of the college as well.

King’s believes the program will foster exciting and creative opportunities for young minds at King’s. “We know King’s students are high academic performers,” said Merwin. She suggests the program presents structure and space for these conversations to happen.

“Learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom.”—Dean of Students Katie Merwin

Students have flexibility (and a $250 budget) when planning their community program and are encouraged to be creative. Examples include residence colloquiums, trips to archives, galleries or performances, guest presentations and roundtable conversations. These are only suggestions however, as the program is meant for students to develop skills and build supportive relationships with peers and professors in the best ways possible.

“That kind of integrated learning really appeals to King’s students, because the questions that they study are these big questions that have applications to our lives, right? They are these big universal questions!”

Anyone interested can apply online by Jan. 28. Students must include a letter of intent and an academic reference. If you have any other questions you can contact King’s Dean of Students Katie Merwin: katie.merwin@ukings.ca.

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