[Thanks to some generous donors, your participation in the Fellows Program comes with a $2,500 yearly scholarship!]
The Richmond Study Center is part of a national movement of Christian Study Centers seeking to bring a biblical worldview back into the educational lives of undergraduate students at secular universities.
(can apply at any point - $2,500 yearly scholarship is prorated upon entry)
Christian Study Centers are places characterized by "thoughtful Christian presence" with a focus on the life of the mind and the integration of faith and learning. As such, the core commitments of the Fellows Program are as follows...
Exploring a Biblical Worldview - We seek to help students to explore the content and veracity of a biblical worldview and its relevance to their studies, their lives and the world we live in.
Open Discussion about the Big Questions - Part of a biblical worldview is the notion that truth is inherently valuable and worth pursuing, regardless of whether or not it ends up matching our preconceived notions of the world. So whether students are Christian or not, we seek to help students to explore the big questions, test their assumptions and follow the truth where it may lead.
Hospitality and Mutual Respect - Another part of a biblical worldview is the notion that life is good and people are made in the image of God. As such, we find life worth celebrating and love to integrate fun, food and hospitality into what we do. We also find that people (as those made in God's image) are worth valuing, enjoying and respecting, and as such we enjoy giving others space to agree or disagree as we explore and discuss a variety of important questions and topics together in community.
What the Fellows Program Includes: (time commitment is around 2 hours weekly)
- Bi-weekly discussion group led by the Executive Director, Associate Director or one of several involved UR faculty members.
- Speaking events (with dinner) on a variety of topics pertaining to a biblical worldview, its veracity, and its relevance to your life, your studies and the world we live in. Speakers include various faculty members from UR and other notable universities. We endeavor to have several speaking events throughout the year.
- Your choice of one of several recommended books to read each semester alongside other Fellows at the Study Center (along with related articles) pertaining to varying aspects of a biblical worldview, its veracity and its relevance to your studies, your life and the world we live in - followed by a short paper based on your reading.
- 2-3 dinner discussions per semester where we will share with each other what we have been reading.
- 2-3 movie discussion nights (with pizza) per semester, just to enjoy, but also to discuss various themes.
* The Fellows Program is modified from time to time as we receive student feedback.