This is the time for Benton Scholars to become immersed in the Colgate experience — taking core courses, developing networks of friends, and considering the contributions they will make as campus leaders. Scholars will live together in a community located in one of the residence halls. During both the fall and spring semesters, they will take one required class together as a group.
During the first year, Benton Scholars will help choose visiting speakers. They also will travel together to meet with renowned leaders including Dan Benton '80, the program's founder.
In this year, students are challenged to explore the connections between global issues and the local community in which they live and work. Many activities are channeled through our Upstate Institute, an interdisciplinary initiative that connects service and scholarship in an effort to address the social concerns of central New York.
In the past, sophomore Benton Scholars have formed a Student Philanthropy Council that awarded small grants to community organizations, both locally and abroad, organized on-campus discussions of various global issues and challenges, and met on campus with prominent leaders like Colin Powell and Tony Blair.