Katherine Benjamin '21 to Participate in Renowned Scholar Program

Katherine Benjamin ‘21 was selected as one of 39 rising seniors in the state of New Jersey to participate in the 2020 New Jersey Scholars Program.
This program is a tuition-free five-week resident summer program held at the Lawrenceville School. The mission of the New Jersey Scholars Program is to gather able and enthusiastic students who come from a broad cross-section of the state’s population. 

Semi-finalists were first selected on the basis of their application which included four essays, teacher recommendations, and examples of past research. The semi-finalists then had to undertake what would have ordinarily been an in-person roundtable discussion, which this year was conducted in a Zoom format. 

The New Jersey Scholars Program creates an intense, interdisciplinary intellectual experience and 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 10-15-page interdisciplinary research paper.

The theme of the 2020 program is Mind and Body: The Future of Being Human.  In today's modern world, with new challenges to our beliefs about "mind," "soul", and "will;” new ways that humans define their social identity; technological innovations that pursue ever greater integrations between the human brain and machines; and medical research that explores possibilities in genetic engineering and organ cloning, we are living in a time of rapid re-categorization of what it means to be human.  This year's Scholars program will not only look at the past as a guide to answering these and other questions, but students will look to the future as they seek to develop their answers. 

We are very proud of Katherine and this distinguished honor! Good luck this summer Katherine!


Notre Dame High School

Located on 100 beautiful acres in Central New Jersey, Notre Dame High School, founded in 1957, is a college preparatory school for grades 9 - 12, preparing young men and women for lives of purpose, built upon a foundation of Catholic faith, with a commitment to academics, co-curricular activities and service to others.