The Honors Program awards merit scholarships to selected entering freshmen who have the potential for superior scholarly and creative work at the university. Scholarship recipients are menbers of the Honors Program and can retain their scholarships for their undergraduate years if they meet specific academic expectations. Students already enrolled in the Honors Program can also apply for a limited number of merit scholarships.
All entering freshmen are eligible to be considered for freshmen Honors Scholarships ranging from $1,200 to full, in-state tuition, room, and board per academic year. Students who wish to be considered for any honors scholarship will submit their high school transcripts, including standardized test scores, GPAs and class ranks.
Each applicant will be evaluated for both membership in the Honors Program and the awarding of a scholarship. Those candidates who are to be considered for the largest scholarships-$2,600 to full in-state tuition, room and board-will be invited to the campus for an interview before a specific scholarship is offered. Students who are eligible for more than one honors scholarship will receive the one with the largest stipend.
Most honors scholarships are unrestricted, i.e., students receiving them may select any major for their undergraduate studies. However, some honors scholarships are awarded for study in specific majors or programs-for example, the Helen Carringer and Herb Kamm Awards for study in journalism and the Creative Artist Awards for study in selected areas of the creative and performing arts.
The college works closely with the Student Financial Aid Office to help all honors students who, because of need, require financial assistance beyond the merit scholarships awarded by the college.