Fostering engaged learning, the Riley Institute provides special opportunities for Furman students who are recipients of specific named merit-based scholarships including Duke, Hollingsworth, Townes, and Vaughn scholars to build community through academic, service, and social activities.

As entering freshmen, these scholars are first introduced to Furman through the Advantage Scholars summer program, a residential experience.

During the academic year, scholars gather for dinners with visiting speakers who share stories of their personal journeys. They come together for service opportunities beyond the campus of Furman, learning events with faculty, and social activities with their peers.

Graduating seniors celebrate with family and friends at the Riley Institute’s annual graduating scholars luncheon.

Advantage Scholars Summer Program

Advantage Scholars Summer Program

The Riley Institute offers a four-day residential program for incoming Furman freshmen who are Duke, Hollingsworth, Townes and Vaughn scholars.

Meet Furman's Scholars

Meet Furman's Scholars

Get to know Furman's scholars and learn about their college experiences and future aspirations.