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IOKDS scholarships introduce students to Chautauqua for spiritual retreat of sorts

IOKDS scholarships introduce students to Chautauqua for spiritual retreat of sorts

Piled on the ledge of the Bestor Plaza fountain are 13 college students from seven different countries. It is their first time at Chautauqua, and for some, their first time in the United States. They met at the beginning of the season to embark on four weeks of spiritual, cultural and artistic renewal. Tomorrow, they bid farewell to Chautauqua and to one another.

They are not the first or the last group to visit Chautauqua as the International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons scholars.

IOKDS is a nondenominational Christian service organization founded in 1886, whose headquarters have been at Chautauqua the past 40 years. It owns four houses on the grounds, and every summer houses students from around the world for a type of spiritual retreat.

“It’s a time to renew your mind, your body and your soul,” said Valerie Roberts, IOKDS Chautauqua Scholarship director. “It’s a time to go to church, it’s a time to meditate, it’s a time to have fun with people that you would never have had any contact with in your life.”

Two friends give back to Institution that gave to them

Two friends give back to Institution that gave to them

Longtime friends Heather Whitehouse and Caroline LeVasseur have a near-infinite list of common interests, but none is more thought-provoking and unique than Chautauqua Institution.

Whitehouse and LeVasseur first heard about Chautauqua independently through friends. After their first visits, both women immediately became hooked on the experience and began making the yearly trip to Chautauqua a habit.

“We spend at least a week at a clip, and then sometimes go back for an additional day or two over the summer,” Whitehouse said.