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Advantage Scholars


We are making tentative plans for an in-person 2021 Advantage Scholars program to be held on the campus of Furman University prior to the start of fall semester. Many variables are at play, but once we can confirm that we will be able to do so in a safe way, we will send information to the incoming class of freshmen who are recipients of the Duke, Hollingsworth, Lay or Townes scholarships.

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Advantage Scholars is the Riley Institute’s annual 4-day residential summer program for incoming Furman Freshmen who are recipients of the Duke, Hollingsworth, Lay and Townes scholarships. Based on South Carolina United, a 2008 - 2016 Riley Institute program for recipients of Hollingsworth scholarships, it provides an opportunity for these scholars to start building their Furman family before their first day of class. Aligned with the Furman Advantage’s goal of producing educated and thoughtful leaders who have broad-based knowledge to address real issues, Advantage Scholars brings scholars together to discuss real-world issues, explore campus and the community, and connect socially. This unique opportunity for incoming Freshmen scholarship recipients to broaden and deepen their understanding of community and of complex issues will give them foundational tools for leadership during their Furman career and beyond.

The objectives of this engaged student learning opportunity are:

  1. Develop bonds and build a sense of community among scholars so they feel connected even before their first day at Furman University
  2. Expose scholars to a range of Furman faculty and help them better understand the opportunities for interaction with faculty, departments, and the surrounding community while at Furman
  3. Help scholars understand their innate biases and broaden their lens going forward
  4. Give scholars the opportunity to hear a variety of perspectives on important issues and react and discuss them in a civil way
  5. Foster scholars’ ability to preserve an open mind even toward those with whom they disagree
  6. Further their critical thinking skills as they examine real-world issues
  7. Have fun!

The program of enlightening lectures, interactive activities, and thoughtful discussions combines with fun excursions and groovy counselors (current Furman students) to create a rich and valuable experience for all who participate. This is the Furman Advantage.