BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College’s Kalon Leaders Scholarship is an annual competitive award with students selected based on leadership, character, service, and academic performance. On Tuesday night, the new first-year Kalon students were initiated into the program at the annual pinning ceremony hosted by president of the Kalon Scholars Gracie Gonzales ‘24, as well as the other executive members of the program and the faculty advisor.

New members recited the oath of the Kalon Scholars and were pinned by the members of the executive committee. Gonzales said of the tradition, “It’s an honor to not only be a Kalon Scholar but also to have the opportunity to lead other Kalon Scholars in my position as president! I am very grateful to have gotten to initiate our new member class and help them officially become Kalon Scholars. Each of these members embodies our values. I am so proud of this class and am excited to see where they take this program in the coming years!” 

The Kalon Scholars complete three pillars each semester, including expectations of active scholarship, leadership, and service. In this spring semester, each class of Kalon Scholars will be completing larger-scale campus or community service projects. In two months, the group has already accounted for more than 200 hours of service in the community and holds a variety of leadership positions on campus, including Greek houses, clubs and organizations, student government, and with the Office of Student Life during Camp Bell and new student move-in.   

Program advisor Dr. Scott Brothers says, “I am honored to advise and to serve this strong group of students, who are always willing to step up and help out in so many ways to improve and better the campus. The students serve as mentors for new members of the campus community, clean up this beautiful and natural environment, embrace our traditions and teaching, and empower other students to become part of outreach as well.” 

To view photos from the event, click here.