Scholars Programs

John Howard Scholars

John Howard, born Sept. 2, 1726, made it his life’s work to bring public attention to the shameful treatment of prisoners. Howard is now widely recognized as a model of Christian compassion for society’s outcasts. Half a century after his death, a group of Alabama Baptists decided to name their new college in honor of this great humanitarian. Adding further honor to the name, Samford University's Howard College of Arts and Sciences created the Howard Scholars, a select group of junior undergraduates chosen from among the finest in the college.


Howard Scholars is a community of demonstrated intellectual leaders who serve as academic ambassadors to Howard College of Arts and Sciences. Dedicated to scholarly excellence in a liberal arts environment, members participate in a variety of activities that promote research and interdisciplinary engagement both within the group and throughout the college.


To enrich the intellectual culture of our college and university as a whole.


Initiate and promote interdisciplinary conversations.

Participate in experiential learning activities.

Promote and highlight student and faculty research within Howard College.

Engage in learning opportunities with faculty outside the classroom.

Give a student voice to important campus discussions.

Represent Howard College at the annual Davis Lecture and other academically oriented events.

Application and Selection

All Howard College majors who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75 after three semesters will be sent an invitation to apply for inclusion in the Howard Scholars Program. Approximately twenty students will be selected to participate and a formal announcement of those selected will be made to the university on or near John Howard Day (September 2) each year.

Recognition and Requirements

Students who are selected to the Howard Scholars Program will be recognized at an introductory dinner and will also be recognized on the Howard College website.

Howard Scholars will meet regularly with the Dean of the Howard College of Arts and Sciences to work toward accomplishing the stated goals. Students who are engaged in the group activities and participate regularly will be named permanently as Howard Scholars and be given honor cords to wear at graduation.

Class of 2017-2018

Ashley Mealins               Emily Youree                  Lydia Johnson

Catie Doerger                Gabby Hoefer                Morgan Johnson

Claire Davis                   Garrett Van Dyke           Robert Lee

Claudia Stephens            Jared Skinner                 Spencer Bissell

Dallas Knight                 Jonathan Punt                Sydney Berry

Emily Thorington            Leisl Seigler                   Victoria Shelton

Emily Van Dyke              Lillie Baggett                  Zoe Cruz

Clark Scholars+

The Clark Scholars Program at Samford University prepares students for a career in an exciting new area of research at the nexus of biology and computational science. Computational biology unites the fields of biology, computer science, mathematics, and information technology. The ultimate goal of this emerging discipline is the discovery of new biological insights and the creation of a global perspective from which to discover unifying principles in biology, pharmacology, and medicine.

The Program combines interdisciplinary classes with research experiences and personal mentoring, enhances employment opportunities, and provides significant advantages for those considering graduate school or professional training such as medical school.

Required Courses

Scholars may choose any major but must take the Clark Scholars Core through the Howard College of Arts and Sciences. The core includes two courses in each of the following areas: biology, computer science, and bioinformatics. Clark Scholars who successfully complete the academic requirements are also on track to receive a bioinformatics minor, with the completion of a few additional courses.

  • Foundations of Biology I (BIOL 203)
  • Intro to Programming (COSC 110)
  • Genetics (BIOL 333)
  • Principles of Bioinformatics (BIOL 306/COSC 306)
  • Data Structures and Algorithms (COSC 210)
  • Advanced Bioinformatics (BIOL 407/COSC 407)

*To apply for scholarships, you must have an online Samford account. If you've started your Samford/Common App admission application, you can apply for scholarships using the same login information. If you haven't started an admission application, please log in as a new user.


Latin American Scholars+

Talented incoming freshmen will participate in courses and extra-curricular activities designed to develop expertise in the interdisciplinary field of Latin American Studies. The program will culminate in the summer after the LAS Scholar's sophomore year, when they will participate in a subsidized travel-study journey in Latin America.

Participation will enhance employment opportunities, help prepare students interested in mission service in Latin America, and provide significant advantages for those considering graduate studies or professional training. For more information, visit the LAS webpage.

As the increasing interconnection of global business, politics, and culture makes the world a smaller place, understanding our neighbors in the Western Hemisphere becomes ever more vital.


  • Develop linguistic and cultural fluency, geographical and political expertise, and historical understanding of Latin America
  • Prepare graduates to address the international challenges shared by the diverse countries of the Western Hemisphere
  • Prepare students interested in mission service in Latin America
  • Enhance student interest in this increasingly important interdisciplinary field.

These valuable skills will serve students well in a variety of career choices at home or abroad.

The LAS Scholars Program combines innovative classes with cross-cultural experiences led by experienced faculty. Participation in LAS enhances employment opportunities and provides significant advantages for those considering graduate schools or professional training.


Students must maintain the following standards to continue in the program:

  • Participate in the LAS Learning Community during the freshman year
  • Earn a C or better in all required courses by the end of the sophomore year
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA


The Latin American Studies Scholarship is available on a competitive basis to students interested in interdisciplinary work in Latin American Studies. The scholarship is $2,000 per year, and may be renewed pending eligibility. In the summer following the sophomore year, students who meet the program requirements will be eligible for an $800 study abroad scholarship, enabling them to participate in an innovative travel-study experience in Nicaragua.

*To apply for scholarships, you must have an online Samford account. If you've started your Samford/Common App admission application, you can apply for scholarships using the same login information. If you haven't started an admission application, please log in as a new user.


Learning Communities

LAS Scholars will join a learning community combining academic rigor and cultural enrichment. As a part of the community, LAS Scholars enroll in special sections of the University Core (UCCA & UCCP), and participate in social and academic events designed to foster camaraderie and scholarly success.

Required Courses

LAS Scholars may choose any major but must take the LAS Scholars courses listed below. Students who successfully complete these academic requirements will earn a Latin American Studies minor, and will also fulfill the Howard College of Arts and Sciences language requirements.

LAS Learning Community (UCCP 101 & UCCA 102)
LAS Learning Community (UCCP 102)
Introduction to Latin American Studies (LAST 201)
Language Sequence
Conversation, Composition, Grammar, & Reading (SPAN 301-302 or PORT 351-352)
LAS Electives (Choose two)
Lat. Amer. Land and People (GEOG 397)
Modern Latin America (HIST 461)
Latin American Politics (POLS 322)
Capstone Experience
Latin American Studies Seminar Abroad (LAST 380)

Preministerial Scholars+

Samford University’s Preministerial Scholars is an unprecedented preprofessional and scholarship program. Combining the academic study of religion with the practical experience of internships and cadres, the program seeks to equip students for church-related and Christian ministries. Each year, a limited number of merit scholarships are offered to entering freshmen. The program is highly competitive. Priority will be given to applicants who score a minimum of 26 on the ACT; however, qualified individuals with lower test scores are encouraged to apply. Students who are invited to join may receive a scholarship for up to $15,000 annually.

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