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Grant will help D&E enhance honors program

ELKINS — Davis & Elkins College has been awarded a NetVUE Vocation across the Academy Grant to help strengthen and expand its four-year Honors Program. The initial $24,817 award will fund the program for three years beginning this July, and an additional $24,817 will be awarded in 2021 when the College raises matching funds to sustain the program in the future.

The Davis & Elkins Honors Program, initiated in fall 2019, pairs exceptional students and faculty with a focus on integrating vocational discernment, community and professional engagement, critical thinking through seminar courses, service learning and intra- and extracurricular activities with collaborative support from the offices of Academic Affairs, Career Services and Student Life. The program offers students the opportunity to take a sequence of courses that embody the mission of the College through facilitating students’ preparation for thoughtful engagement within their desired vocation.

The NetVUE grant will allow the program to expand by including student scholarships, retreats and learning events for the students, vocation evaluations, faculty workshops and an on-campus lecture series.

“We were pleased to welcome our first Honors cohort this past year and look forward to a new group coming onboard,” said D&E Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Rob Phillips. “Students and faculty have found the classes and the activities to be challenging and enjoyable. This grant will allow us to strengthen the program, provide more opportunities for both students and faculty, and broaden its reach across campus and into the community.”

Under the direction of Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Hillary Wehe, the six students selected for the Honors Program in the 2019-2020 academic year participated in courses that included group discussion and guest speakers and attended the Festival of Ideas lecture series.

“Already, I have witnessed extreme growth in the students who have participated,” Wehe said. “It has been exciting to see them explore their future and grapple with personal concerns. They’ve grown to be more confident and helpful supports for one another. I am eager to continue working with these students and excited to welcome a new cohort.”

The Honors Program is open to all freshmen and sophomore students who meet specific admission standards.

NetVUE Vocation across the Academy Grants are intended to help colleges and universities develop more effective ways to strengthen the link between the liberal arts and career preparation, and to include faculty members and students in a wide array of academic disciplines and applied fields in the institution’s vocational exploration programs. The award is made possible by a generous grant to the Council of Independent Colleges from Lilly Endowment Inc.

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