By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Authentic Scholarship

Jesuit alumni                               Via Wikipedia
Back in college, I became a member of the Jesuit national honor society called Alpha Sigma Nu (an acronym for the Greek phrase "brotherhood of victorious scholars"). I found this description of scholarship on the ASN website, a description worth pondering (bold emphasis added):

Scholarship is the most important qualification for membership in Alpha Sigma Nu. This reflects the primarily intellectual purpose of higher education. A high grade point average alone does not demonstrate true Scholarship, nor does the mastery of information and specialized knowledge.
Alpha Sigma Nu recognizes those persons as scholars who possess a depth of comprehension and a breadth of knowledge. Alpha Sigma Nu honors those students who have a passion for knowledge, the world of ideas, and critical analysis. The true scholar realizes that education and knowledge are lifelong pursuits, and the true scholar never loses contact with the world of reality beyond the library or the classroom. Through a sane and balanced integration of experiences, the scholar advances in both knowledge and wisdom. Humility is a mark of true scholars who continue to develop their intellectual gifts with the awareness that they pursue a standard set by God, who alone is wise.

My experience of life confirms the above. How about your experience of life?