Each year, North Park University invites a select group of promising first-year students to join the Honors Congress, North Park’s honors program. In addition to receiving a Nyvall merit scholarship, members of the Honors Congress work closely with faculty mentors—and each other—to plan and prepare for lives of significance, service, and exceptional achievement.
The Honors Congress includes both classroom and co-curricular activities during all four years of a traditional undergraduate degree program. By completing the program, you’ll graduate with honors and distinction in your major. If you enter North Park later in your academic career (as a transfer student, for example) you will have the option to pursue honors in your chosen major.
Honors Congress Opportunities
The Honors Congress is a group of students from all majors and programs who study and work together and closely interact with faculty mentors from a variety of departments and disciplines. If you characterize yourself as highly motivated, ready to be challenged and to challenge others, then this group will be a great fit for you. With the Honors Congress, you’ll gain access to a broad range of campus and Chicago resources that will help shape and inspire your future endeavors.
From monthly dinners with mentors to one-on-one advising relationships with professors from across the University, you’ll be inspired by the stories and experiences of North Park’s own expert faculty. You’ll also gain valuable career advice, connections to possible internships or graduate programs and fellowships, and encouragement to excel.
Chicago is a rich resource for inspiration and exploration. As a group, the Honors Congress attends plays, concerts, readings, and other cultural experiences chosen by you and your peers. During the first-year honors seminars, your two professors will use Chicago as text and context for class discussions.
Fellowships and Awards
The Honors Congress has an excellent track record with winning national fellowships, particularly the Fulbright program for recent college graduates. In the past six years, North Park honors students have been awarded eleven prestigious Fulbright grants to spend their first year after college living and working in other countries, sharing who they are as Americans with students, colleagues, and communities. The professors involved in the Honors Congress will work with you as you prepare an impressive portfolio that will help you be competitive for academic and professional opportunities after college. Your professors will serve as advisors, providing advice and feedback as you apply for these exciting post-college options.
Meet the Faculty
Dr. Linda Parkyn, professor of Spanish
, is the director of the Honors Congress program. She has received three Fulbright grants herself, including two Fulbright Specialist grants and a year-long Fulbright Scholar award. Learn more about Dr. Parkyn
Dr. Karl Clifton-Soderstrom, associate professor of philosophy, is one of the key professors and advisors for Honors Congress students. He holds graduate degrees in philosophy and theology, and helps students ask big questions about life, faith, and vocation. Learn more about Dr. Clifton-Soderstrom.