Core Scholars

Submit your Core Reflection here! The Core Scholars 2024-2025 deadline for entries is Wednesday, March 26, 2025. Core Scholars will be selected and notified by the end of April.

What is the Core Scholars Program?

Each year the Core Scholars Program invites anyone who has taken a Core course to reflect on the materials of the Core Curriculum by creating a Core Reflection. Students who create exceptionally creative and well-executed Reflections will be honored as Core Scholars, and their Core Reflections may be featured Columbia College social media.

What is a Core Reflection?

Core Reflections analyze, question, dramatize, interpret, and (of course) reflect on the materials of the Core Curriculum in order to heighten understanding of Core topics, explore connections among Core works, and relate the Core to our contemporary world. Almost all formats and styles are welcome. Direct a film, record a song, or choreograph a dance (up to 10 minutes long). Write an essay, poem, short fiction, or graphic novel (up to 1,500 words). Paintings, drawings, and photography are also gladly accepted! Students are encouraged to push the boundaries beyond what is normally required in a Core course.

Why Become a Core Scholar?

There are several benefits to becoming a Core Scholar:

  • Build your CV
  • Receive a $200 cash award
  • Acknowledgement at the Core Scholars Reception
  • Feature on Columbia College social media accounts
  • Work with other Core Scholars and help vet next year's Core Reflections