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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.”