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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I prepare myself for the event?

Two of the events for this year's Honors Colloquium will require advance preparation:

  • Speak Your Mind: You will be given the opportunity to speak for three to five minutes in front of a small group on the topic of your choice. You may choose to teach us something, demonstrate a skill and share how you acquired it, explain a scientific or mathematical concept, inform us about a topic that interests you, tell a story about your experience, or argue for your opinion on an issue. You will have the option of bringing and using notes, but we recommend you select your topic in advance and come ready to speak on Saturday. All students will be expected to speak without props or visual aids.
  • Faculty Discussion Group: A Whitworth professor will lead you and a small group in a discussion of an article that will be provided to you in advance. This article will be e-mailed to you one week prior to your Honors Colloquium event, and you will be expected to read the article on your own and come ready to participate in a discussion of themes explored in the article. You are welcome to print a copy of the article and bring it with you to the Faculty Discussion Group. Please ensure the e-mail address you have provided on your registration form is correct.

May I bring props or a presentation for Speak Your Mind?

Due to limited time and the variety of locations used for Speak Your Mind, no props or visual aids (such as Power Point presentations) will be permitted. You are welcome to bring and use notes.

What is the schedule for the weekend? Will there be any free time?

A detailed schedule of events will be provided upon your arrival to campus, and a tentative schedule can be found here. In order to be considered for the scholarship, you must participate in all designated event sessions. There will be limited free time during the program – mostly on Saturday evening after scheduled events are completed. Since the campus tour and residence hall tour are not a scheduled part of the 24-hour event, students have the option to arrive early and/or stay late in order to participate in these additional activities. Please see the event schedule for more information.

Who will attend the Honors Colloquium?

The event will include prospective freshmen who have been admitted with honors to Whitworth for fall 2017. We limit each program to 100-120 participants, though there may be fewer students at your event. We will award two four-year, full-tuition scholarships and 10 $2,000 scholarships at each event.

What is the cost?

There is no cost for student participation. Three meals and overnight lodging in a residence hall on campus will be provided for participants. (On-campus lodging is not available for parents. Parents may dine in our dining hall for $8.50 per person; debit, credit or cash are accepted.) Students may want to bring additional funds if they are interested in purchasing items from our campus bookstore, coffee shop, or café.

How do I arrange for shuttle transportation to and from the airport/bus/train station?

Shuttle transportation is available to and from the airport (or bus/train station) at no cost for event participants arriving in Spokane unaccompanied by a parent/guardian. Please indicate on your registration form if you will need shuttle transportation to and from the airport/bus/train station. Transportation requests must be received at least two weeks prior to the event date to ensure availability of our shuttle drivers.

Whitworth is a 30-minute drive from the Spokane Airport and a 20-minute drive from the bus/train station. Please allow ample time for transportation and the possibility of flight delays. We recommend that your flight/bus/train arrives no later than 12:30 p.m. Saturday and departs no earlier than 4 p.m. on Sunday.

If I arrive earlier or stay later than the scheduled event activities, will I have accommodations?

Please indicate on your registration form when you will be arriving and departing, depending on your travel/flight arrangements. We are happy to provide on-campus housing with current students in a residence hall for a maximum of two nights for students traveling unaccompanied by a parent/guardian. Students will be provided three meals during the event. Additional student meals are available in our dining hall at $8.50 per person (debit, credit, and cash are accepted).

What do I need to bring to the Honors Colloquium Event?

Please plan to bring a sleeping bag, a pillow, a towel, and any other personal items you may want as you spend the night in our residence halls with current Whitworth students. Although some residence hall rooms may have a couch or air mattress available for your use, this is not guaranteed. So you may be sleeping on the floor. If you like, please bring a sleeping pad or small air mattress to make your overnight stay more comfortable.

Am I required to stay overnight on campus during the Honors Colloquium Event?

Yes, we do ask that students stay overnight on campus during the event. Staying on campus gives you the chance to meet current Whitworth students and experience residence life. If you have a medical situation that would make staying on campus difficult, please contact us.

What should I wear?

Attire for the event is casual, and most students will wear the same type of clothes they regularly wear to school. We enjoy a four-season climate in Spokane, and temperatures and conditions can vary significantly in February and March, so please consult the weather forecast prior to your visit.

Will there be events for parents during the weekend?

Parents are welcome to attend the Honors Colloquium event and while students attend scholarship events, parents may participate in a parent mini-college, a financial-aid seminar, and a panel of faculty and staff members. Several activities, such as the Q&A with Whitworth students, social and academic presentations, chapel service, and the Why Whitworth talk with President Beck Taylor, are open for students and parents to attend together. Please see the event schedule for more information.

When will the scholarship winners be announced?

Within two weeks of each Honors Colloquium event, the scholarship recipients will be announced via e-mail. At least two Honors Colloquium Scholarship recipients will be selected from each event.

What is the value of the Honors Colloquium Scholarship?

If you are selected as one of the Honors Colloquium Scholarship recipients, you will receive full tuition for four years at Whitworth as long as you maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. The Honors Colloquium Scholarship is valued at more than $160,000 over four years. Whitworth-sponsored scholarships and grants are awarded to assist students with direct tuition costs only. Therefore, if selected as a winner, your Honors Colloquium Scholarship would replace all other Whitworth-sponsored awards and scholarships. We also will award 10 $2,000/year semi-finalist scholarships to participants at each event; these scholarships may be added on to other grants and scholarships up to the cost of tuition.

Can I audition for a music scholarship before or after the Honors Colloquium program?

Yes, music faculty will be available to conduct auditions in conjunction with each Honors Colloquium weekend. Please see the Whitworth Music Department website (www.whitworth.edu/music) for details on scholarships and scheduling your audition. Music scholarships are available for students of all majors. The website shows audition dates of Feb. 11 and 12 only, but there will be additional times available for you on the Saturday of each Honors Colloquium weekend. Please note: It is important that you submit your music scholarship application by the end of February even if you are auditioning during the March Honors Colloquium.

If you have other questions, please contact us at honors@whitworth.edu.