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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
September 30, 2016
Canadian Excellence



“The vital mission of a Faculty of Arts is to engage the next generation in the critical spirit, intellectual and creative attainments, and scholarly methods of our past, as well as new and emerging variations upon those academic traditions.”

— Faculty of Arts Teaching Scholar Award Description

The Laurier Arts Scholars is a community of high-achieving students who are offered an innovative, challenging, and rewarding educational experience. This unique program pairs high achieving students (90+ high school average) with a faculty mentor throughout their Laurier career. The faculty member will work with students to foster academic success and intellectual enthusiasm for study in the Arts. Mentorship will focus on ways to realize academic success, professional development, and future goal attainment. Students will be encouraged to take advantage of opportunities for advanced learning and research, and will have the opportunity to work together to develop and participate in a range of academic activities - such as special lectures, colloquia, presentations, and publications - that add to their own professional development and promote excellence in the Arts.

Members of the Laurier Arts Scholars are normally new first year students who have achieved a 90%+ high school average when they apply. Students with a high school average of 85‐89% at time of application can also apply, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Faculty Mentor. Continuing eligibility will depend upon (1) a willingness to meet regularly with the group and the Faculty Mentor and 2) a GPA of 9.0 or more at the end of each academic term. Other students at any year level can also be considered for membership on a case-by-case basis if they also meet these two requirements. These students are welcome to e-mail the Faculty Mentor for more information on becoming a Laurier Arts Scholar.

Mission of the Laurier Arts Scholars

The Laurier Arts Scholars was established on the principle that academic talent comes with the responsibility of sharing, developing, and promoting excellence in the arts. As such, the group:

  • Recognizes and celebrates high achievement, particularly among first and second year arts students by providing them with a Faculty Mentor during these two years;
  • Encourages and promotes high standards throughout the academic experience in the Faculty of Arts;
  • Provides opportunities for leadership, fellowship, and professional development;
  • Organizes and encourages academic events and campaigns that promote the value of the arts;
  • Fosters an overall appreciation for the significance of the arts in higher education and day-to-day life.

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