North Central College - Naperville, IL

College Scholars

A rigorous program that brings together high-achieving students.

With its motto, “Excellence through Community,” North Central’s
College Scholars Honors Program is a unique, rigorous, and prestigious program that brings together high-achieving undergraduates pursuing any major.

The College Scholars Honors Program complements a student’s major studies and connects all members of the program through a network of peers, faculty, and honors alumni, forming a community of excellence.

2015 College Scholars Retreat
College Scholars Retreat Fall 2015

Students in College Scholars have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from each other in small, discussion-based honors courses
  • Conduct and present independent research
  • Receive one-on-one advising for prestigious national scholarships like Rhodes, Fulbright, Truman, & Goldwater awards
  • Lead and participate in a variety of social events
  • Study abroad, complete internships in foreign countries or in other parts of the U.S

In addition to their academic excellence, most honors students are deeply involved with extra-curricular activities including the arts, Division III athletics, and numerous campus organizations.

Are you eager to pursue excellence through community and be a member of a community of excellence? The College Scholars Honors Program at North Central may be just the place for you.

College Scholars in the News

Jack Ryan '16  received the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award from The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. He became the Class of 2016 student Lincoln Laureate by being selected by President Hammond for outstanding leadership and achievements within North Central College.

Ross McWethy '18 and Katie Madel '16 and other North Central students comprised the Mock Trial team that took 3rd place at the Bradley University Mock Trial Invitational in Peoria, IL.

Taylor Harrison '15 was a recipient of a Mironda K. Heston Scholarship for Public Service. She traveled to an orphanage in Honduras to create a photojournalism book about the organization to use as marketing material.

Miguel Purgimon Colell ’16 traveled to Brazil to conduct research about the economic factors impacting and resulting from the World Cup. He will use his research to write an honors thesis this year.

Twenty Four College Scholars participated in SURC on the campus of North Central College completing research in many different disciplines. To see a complete list, please click here.

Jack Ryan ’16 and Maggie Wieczorek ’14 scored during the exam at the William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition. Nicole Digweed ’15 and William Noland ’17  comprised a team that tied for third place in the The ACCA Calculus Competition.

Christina Richardson '14 and Ian Wright '14 were named Outstanding Senior Woman and Outstanding Senior Man for 2013-14.

Debra Jensen '17 won a scholarship for an essay titled “The Most Qualified,” which argues the importance of shared beliefs within a company.

Many College Scholars are active participants in the on campus production of “Iphigenia and Other Daughters” by American playwright Ellen McLaughlin. The play runs May 8-11 at Madden Theatre.

College Scholar, Mark Zajac '12 and Ian Wright '14 have  been named  English Teaching Assistants in Germany through the Fulbright Program. There will be a Fulbright Information Session for students hoping to find out more on May 7 at 4pm at the Rall House.

College Scholars, Michael Holler '14 and Ian Braun '16 recently competed and placed fourth in the advanced level of a computer science competition.

College Scholar, Rebecca Heinen '15 was awared a highly competitive and prestigious Goldwater Scholar Honorable Mention award. A Goldwater is the highest award given to undergraduate students planning to pursue careers in math and science.

College Scholars, Emily Labedz '15 and Hannah Kramer '14 recently presented to a senior living community about their research and travels in Germany.

College Scholar, Jessy Krempp '16 recently co-published an essay in the scholarly journal, "Communications from the International Brecht Society" about a play performed on the campus of North Central College in May 2013.

Three College Scholars, Marie Butnariu ’16, Jon Kingzette ’15 and Lexy Schwarzwalder ’16 were selected to represent North Central College at National Collegiate Leadership Conference (NCLC) Case Competition at the University of Arizona Feb. 14-16 where they participated in case studies, attended sessions and listened to speakers in the leadership community.

College Scholar, Carlee Beth Fields '14 directed "The Importance of Being Earnest" on the campus of North Central College. She adapted the play to modern times and was part of the student directed series.

The Mock Trial team concluded their season with many individual awards. College Scholars participating and receiving awards include Brandon Sarkauskas '15, Katie Madel '16, Adam Sehr '16 and Jonathan Larson '17.

North Central College is in the top 4 percent of students accepted to present at NCUR, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research held in Kentucky this spring. College Scholars make up 27 of the record setting 40 students.

College Scholar, Colin Loeffler '14 was awarded the highly prestigious Lincoln Laureate award for North Central College. Colin is currently working on his honors thesis and is a member of the College Scholars Committee.

Former College Scholar, Tyler Schroeder '13 coauthored a paper with other students and math professor, Neil Nicholson titled "Average Bridge Number of Shadow Resolutions" that was recently published in The Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications.

College Scholar, AnnMarie Bachmann participated in an archaeological dig this past June in Alabama. The students excavated and studied articfacts and were exposed to different cultural perspectives.

College Scholar, Colin Loeffler '14 directed "Speech and Debate" a contemporary comedy October 10-12 on the campus of North Central College.

College Scholar, Ian Wright '14 spent three and a half weeks in Iceland conducting research for his College Scholar Honors Thesis exploring the "hidden" people of Iceland. He was featured in an article in the North Central Chronicle.

Many first year College Scholars participated in Cardinal Camps either on a wilderness excursion or urban immersion. Students got a jump on college life by making new connections with faculty and friends. This is the first year that North Central College has offered Cardinal Camps.

College Scholars and student athletes, Travis Morrison '15 and Frank Wleklinski '13 qualified to compete at the D-III Outdoor Track and Field Championships held in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

College Scholars Abbi Van Hook ’16 and Emily Johnson '16 participated in National Forensic Tournaments during Spring Term. The College had one of its most successful campaigns in school history.

College Scholars Colin Loeffler '14 and Tyler Ward '16 traveled to Washington D.C. to attend Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) 2013 National Gathering. They were able to speak with legislators on important issues such as nutrition assistance and conservation programs.

The following College Scholars presented at the 2013 National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: Samantha DeWerff '13, Andrew Dubois '13, Amber Dvorak '13, Madison Henry '13, Colin Loeffler '13, Trevor Magnotti '13, Anna McGreal '13, Kelly Rasmussen '14, Carissa Rosine '13, Tyler Schroeder '13, Kristen Soforic '13, Kelsey VandenBerg '14, and Louis Waldmeir '13. Find out more about NCUR.

College Scholar Amber Dvorak '13 is featured in a digitial art exhibition during April and May in the Oesterle Library Gallery. There is an artist reception on April 9th.

College Scholars Emily Johnson ’16, Jillian Laumbacher ’14, and Abbi Van Hook ’16 competed for North Central’s forensics team in the State Championship tournament in March 2013.