Academy Scholars Program

The Academy Scholars Program helps academically talented cadets to reach their full potential by offering a unique and challenging path through the curriculum, thereby providing the Air Force and our nation with a pool of intellectually talented and well-rounded leaders.  The curriculum consists of special core course sections (core substitutes) that deepen the scholars’ intellectual development in the liberal arts and beyond.  This enrichment program’s pedagogical principles involve forming learning communities (a cohort of cadets enrolled in the same sections) to provide close interaction among the same students over a four-year period, in courses pursuing a coherent theme – the development of Western and other intellectual traditions.  This close interaction, in pursuit of a liberal education, encourages a culture of academic excellence allowing each cadet to develop his or her full intellectual capacity.