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Community & Opportunity

​​​​​​​More than 50 years ago, Providence College initiated a challenging curriculum for exceptionally capable students under the direction of Dr. Paul van K. Thomson. Since then, more than 1,000 talented undergraduates and dedicated faculty have exemplified PC’s academic excellence as part of the Liberal Arts Honors Program (LAHP). 

Through the decades, the alumni community has become an active and important part of the Honors legacy at PC. 

Support the Future of the Honors Program

The Liberal Arts Honors Program and its leaders have recently proposed three new and ambitious initiatives:

  • A mentoring program to enable students to work with Honors alumni in short-term internships
  • An advising program, led by a faculty member who has already been identified, will help Honors students apply for top-level fellowship and research opportunities, such as Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships
  • An academic conference, with invited distinguished scholars, to be held every third year on a theme relevant to the Development of Western Civilization courses

Make a Meaningful Difference in the Lives of Outstanding Students  

A detailed strategic plan outlines the steps necessary to achieve these initiatives. The cost for achieving these goals is modest--estimated at $40,000 per year. Support will be derived from The Thomson Fund, generously supported for many years by program alumni, but the fund will need additional contributions to support these new initiatives.

Providence College and the Honors Program have also created a new Annual Fund, in which donations can be used immediately to support co-curricular events for Honors students.

Online Giving

To make a gift in support of the Liberal Arts Honors Program

  • Visit the Give to PC ​website
  • Select "other" under designations, then reference either the Liberal Arts Honors Program or the Thompson Fund Endowment in the comment box.

​LAHP Leadership Coun​cil

Michael M. Woody ’77 | Chairman

Jim Ludes ’93 | Vice chair

Frank T. Sciuto ’70 | Treasurer

James R. McGuirk ’67 | Secretary

Stephen J. Lynch, Ph.D. | Program director 

John J. Partridge ’61 | Chairman emeritus 

Council m​​embers

Roy Peter Clark `70 

William M. Cummings `61 

Michael J. Donohue, Jr. `73 

Frank Egan `63 

Susan M. Esper `91 

John W. Flynn `61 

Suzanne Fournier, Ph.D. `77, assistant director of the LAHP

Jane L. Gonsalves `80 

Richard J. Grace, Ph.D.`62 

Rev. John J. Hurley, Jr. `61 

Brianne M. Kessimian `02 

Paul M. Kessimian `01 

James M. Ludes `93 

Stephen Lynch, Ph.D., director of the LAHP

John McCarthy `63  

James R. McGuirk, Esq. '67  

Ellen A. McNulty `97   

Elisha L. Morris `01 

Daniel P. Olohan `92 

John J. Partridge, Esq. `61 

Nicole Susan Phillis `07 

Austin D. Sarat `69 & `08 Hon. 

Frank Sciuto `70 

Robert K. Walsh, Esq. `64 

Michael M. Woody `77