Founders Day – Honors College

Support a community of students seeking the True, the Good and the Beautiful

Goal: 10,000

Whether our students’ vocations are to be leaders in the business field, the medical field, or the education field, we believe that every student should have an encounter with Plato, St. Augustine, the American Founders, Thomas Hobbes, and other great authors of our western tradition.

This Founders’ Day, we are fundraising to enhance our students’ experience of the Great Books and culture.

When you make a gift today, your gift will provide the necessary support to:

  • Honorarium of dynamic guest lecturers
  • Travel for students and professors to conferences, professional development events, and networking events to advance the cause of the Honors College
  • Furnish Grace Auditorium with beautiful new lighting, furniture, and shelving

Last year we used the funds to begin working on the Grace Auditorium renovation project, support student travel to academic conferences and graduate school visits, support community events, and listen to speakers such as Mike foley. In addition, we also supported the Honors College through classical education organizations such as the CIRCLE Institute and the Classic Learning Test, which lead to a 50% increase in potential students at our Honors College Scholarship Weekend.

And, as a special thank you during the Founders’ Day Challenge, each donation of $5 or more will get Tiny Saint Benedict key chain!

Make a Gift to the Honors College Today!

Recent Donations

“The Honors College at Belmont Abbey is so much more than just simply college education. It provided me a robust model in how to read, write, and critically analyze a multitude of authors, books, and sources. The Honors Program is something that taught me how to think critically, reason well, stand firm in my beliefs, and to defend what is worth defending. Now, more than ever in this world, it is critically important that the Honors Program fulfills that mission of providing young students the capabilities to go out into this world and not conform to it, but to change it. The Honors Program was my home away from home for four years, and it was an amazing experience that I am so incredibly grateful to have received. It has prepared me well for my continuing education and eventual career in medicine.”

Michael Hess '22

Michael Hess ’22

“The primary principle of modern medicine is “treat the person, not the disease” and the Honors College has prepared me to do just that. In four years of diving into the Great Books I was constantly shown the beauty, strength, and intelligence of the human person in the form of great works and explorations of the greatest questions. This recognition of the person as spiritual, intelligent, and worthy of respect is as essential to good philosophy and art as it is to clinical care of patients. This is to say nothing of the hard work and logical thinking that I learned from working through the Great Books with my friends and professors at the Abbey.”

Patrick Means '22

Patrick Means ’22