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Senior Scholars at Queens

Queens is proud to enjoy a growing partnership with the "Senior Scholars at Queens" organization.

Senior Scholars was formed in the late 1960s when faculty from Queens, Central Piedmont Community College and UNC Charlotte began volunteering to provide educational programming for local seniors (adults aged 50 and older) who desired intellectual stimulation without the commitment to long-term enrollment.

Since then, the group has grown to more than 600 members (plus a waiting list), many of whom (250+) attend weekly lectures at the Queens Sports Complex and Conference Center.

"We are so proud to partner with a group of seniors who are eager to engage in continued learning," said Emily Pinkerton, Interim Director of the Queens Learning Institute.

For just $20 per year, Senior Scholars have access to the weekly lectures and may also participate in occasional outings (at a nominal cost) to area museums and other cultural and educational resources. Each spring they also offer a trip to Wild Acres, near Little Switzerland, in the North Carolina mountains.

Their speakers come from a variety of disciplines and professional backgrounds. They have included Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, Charlotte Observer columnist Tommy Tomlinson, and Queens faculty members including Drs. Dick Goode and Charlie Reed.

Queens also invites Senior Scholars to other educational opportunities on campus, including auditing classes for a special rate and attending writing workshops with a senior discount.  

Learn more about Senior Scholars at Queens.

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