Moorestown Friends School juniors Bailey Butterworth (Moorestown) and Calvin Bell (Pennsauken) have been selected to attend the 2019 New Jersey Scholars Program, a tuition-free five-week summer program for students who are New Jersey residents, rising high school students, and U.S. citizens. This summer’s program is titled “Mind and Body: The Future of Being Human.” The program topic and faculty change biennially, and over the years, the faculty have been drawn from a wide variety of domestic and international colleges and universities.
Calvin and Bailey are two of 39 students selected as scholars after a competitive application process. The mission of the New Jersey Scholars Program is to reach out to able and enthusiastic students who come from a broad cross-section of the state’s population. The program creates an intense, interdisciplinary intellectual experience that teaches students to think in a new way — relating disciplines instead of dividing them.
Scholars participate in lectures and small-group seminars where they actively engage with the disciplines. They also have extensive reading assignments and pursue research at world class libraries and museums. They write essays and work closely with a faculty member to produce a 10 to 15 page interdisciplinary research paper. They are also stretched as they hone their creative talents in art, music, writing, drama and public speaking by contributing to an Arts Festival that is thematically related to the program topic.