Scholars Community

The 60 Wendt Character Scholars form a community committed to Wendt Character Initiative programming, community service, and practicing excellent character.

Read what current and past Scholars had to say about their experience:

"The Wendt program instills me with compassion for others and respect for myself."

— Scholar Alyson Harner, 2014-2017


"I have learned about my relationship with God, and the importance of giving instead of taking."

— Scholar Jacob Alstadt, 2014-2017


"I love being a part of the Wendt community . . . I feel like we are our own little family on campus, and try to spread that feeling throughout the campus to others."

— Scholar Logan Butson, 2014-2017


 

“This community enables us to have deep and intellectual conversations with each other. In this environment we are challenged to learn from our differences and overcome any distraction or obstacle in order to grow as a person and develop our characters. It is truly a community I'm proud of and am excited to keep being a part of.” 

Scholar Daniel Morillo, 2014-2016


 

“…being a Wendt Character Scholar has allotted me the opportunity to both witness and be a part of a group that would like to see real change take place on our campus, in our community, and in the world. I’ve learned to bar misfortune from being the singular event in defining one and one's character. Not only fight it, but prove one's worth by continuing to move forward with optimism and efficiency with planned goals. Furthermore, when we seek to serve others, we are seeking empathy first. You can't help someone, if you don't understand them.” 

Scholar Reggie Cole, Jr., 2013-2016


 

“Through the evening sessions I have developed a better sense and understanding of what it means to be a person of virtuous character. For example, I have learned that I am a servant to the world. Meaning that it is my obligation to do everything I can to make the world a better place, which often means putting the needs of others before my own. Living my life that way is much more fulfilling than living for myself and doing what I want. While doing a simple good deed may not seem overly significant I have learned that it can make all the difference in the world in someone else's life. It is my job to be a positive role model to others in hopes that it will inspire others to help make the world a better place.” 

— Scholar Icle Freeland, 2014-2016


 

“One highlight of the Wendt Character Scholar Program is the continual challenge that we are given to be persons of good character…no matter what topic we discuss in our evening sessions, no matter what we do together or individually as Wendt Scholars, we are constantly encouraged to stand out from the crowd and to be different in a culture that is challenging in regards to being people of good character.” 

— Scholar Tiffany Garcea, 2013-2016


 

“Being a Wendt Scholar has really made me rethink who I am and what virtues I should have not only as a scholar but as a person. I have really enjoyed getting out into the community and doing service. I also really enjoy thinking about how I should carry myself and what it truly means to be a Wendt Scholar.” 

— Scholar Michael Salazar, 2013-2016


 

“The evening sessions have brought justice, fairness, faith, character, service, and the common good to a meaning that I can understand. I am able to define what these mean because of the evening sessions…The mentors’ and scholars’ presence have been significant. Having many positive people learn and work together will bring the university and community something greater than its individual parts.” 

— Scholar Blaine Snitker, 2014-2016


 

“I have learned what is important in life. It is not how much money you make or what kind of car you drive. They teach us how we should treat others because we are all in the same world and we are all human. We don't know what other people have experienced so don't be quick to judge. I have also learned how lucky I am to have the life I have, and I should be grateful for it.” 

— Scholar Zachary Marotta, 2013-2016


Tara Wright Testimonial

“I want you to know how much this program has impacted me, and how it has benefited my life immensely. It has helped me find forgiveness for those who have wronged me, and it has been a safe place for me to express my thoughts and opinions on hard topics, such as the death penalty. Thank you for the honor of participating in the Wendt Character Scholars Program."

— Scholar Tara Wright, 2014-2017