GateWay encourages talented student scholars to challenge themselves further through our Honors Program. Students can add additional distinction to their degree, while broadening their learning experience. There are two different ways that students participate in the Honors Program.
The Honors Experience
This is a wonderful option for students who want to learn about the Honors Program. Eligible students are required to enroll in one honors course for the semester that they choose to participate. Honors course obligations can be fulfilled by either taking a 3-credit or above honors course or converting a 3-credit or above, 100-level or above course into an honors course by doing a project above and beyond what is required in the course.
Participating in the Honors Experience gives students the following benefits:
- Honors designation (Honors) on your academic transcript next to all applicable courses.
- Opportunities to qualify for Honors only scholarships.
- Achievement Awards (based on successful completion of honors obligations and total credits enrolled for the semester):
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The Honors Program
This program is designed to challenge students beyond the Honors Experience. Advantages to participating in this program include all listed in the Honors Experience, plus:
- Identification on your transcript as an honors program graduate
- Receiving an Honors Program cord at Commencement
Students must meet the following program requirements to graduate with the Honors Program Graduate designation:
- Submit an Honors Program Graduate application to the honors office in AF106 before the semester deadline.
- Complete 15 or more hours of honors coursework.
- Maintain a MCCCD cumulative GPA of 3.50.
Criteria for Honors Projects
Students may convert a 3-credit or more, 100-level or above class into an Honors course by completing an additional project in class. The following criteria should be met in all Honors projects:
- Academic rigor worthy of the number of an honors project. Projects are typically 10 page research papers or equivalent.
- Projects can be varied (original work, experiential work, etc.), however, each must include:
- Research (use of professional or academic sources)
- Writing (paraphrase, citation, bibliography)
- Presentation (verbal component in front of an audience)
Become an Honors Program Student
- Completion of 12-credit hours of 100-level or above coursework in the Maricopa Community College District with a cumulative Maricopa Community College GPA of 3.25 or higher or be a Presidents' Honors Scholarship recipient.
- Students must have and maintain a minimum Maricopa Community College cumulative 3.25 GPA.
- Must be able to provide proof of US citizenship of eligible non-citizen status.
Application and Deadlines
For consideration of acceptance into an Honors program, complete the Honors Program Application and Project Contract. Submit completed applications to the Honors Office in AF106 by the following deadlines:
- Fall Semester: Second Friday in September
- Spring Semester: Second Friday in February
View the MCCCD scholastic honors standards for additional information.
The following scholarships are available only to academically gifted honors students who are enrolled in the fall or spring semesters. These funds are to assist students in reaching educational objectives.
- One year of in-county tuition of up to 18 credits per semester.
- $250 each semester for books and supplies
- Recipient is selected by the GateWay Honors for Excellence Committee.
- Honors Scholarship Application
- The scholarship application deadline for the Chancellor's Scholarship is 5 p.m. on the last Friday in February.
Maricopa Foundation Scholarship
- $1,000 scholarship ($500 per semester)
- Scholarship(s) will be awarded to the recipient(s) as determined by the Honors for Excellence Committee.
- Honors Scholarship Application
- The scholarship application deadline for the Maricopa Foundation Scholarship is 5 p.m. on the last Friday in February.
- Scholarship covers tuition, registration and course/lab fees up to 15-credit hours for up to four consecutive semesters.
- President scholars must maintain a minimum Maricopa Community College cumulative GPA of 3.25, be enrolled in one 3-credit honors class and be enrolled in 12 credits every semester in order to maintain eligibility.
- Scholarship is open to incoming high school graduates of NCA accredited Maricopa County high schools who meet eligibility criteria. Please refer to the Presidents' Scholarship Application for eligibility criteria.
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Students must meet the following requirements for consideration for the Chancellor's Scholarship and Foundation Scholarship:
- Applicants must be current and active members of the Honors Program. This includes having an honors course in the student's current semester schedule.
- Applicants must have taken at least 12 credits at GateWay with a Maricopa Community College cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.
- Applicants must be willing to enroll and complete the minimum required number of credits and honors courses at GateWay Community College that each scholarship requires.
- Applicants must submit completed application packets and materials by the stated deadlines.
The scholarship application deadline for the Chancellor's and Foundation Scholarships is 5 p.m. on the last Wednesday in February.
The application deadline for Spring 2016 Presidents' Scholarship applicants is January 11, 2016. The deadline for Fall 2016, is August 15, 2016. The scholarship application must be complete and include all supporting documents and high school transcripts.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who would benefit from participating in GWCC Honors?
Any student who maintains a high standard of academic work will benefit. Honors students are bright, motivated individuals who want to expand their personal and intellectual growth.
Who's eligible to participate in the Honors Program?
Students in any major who meet the minimum requirements mentioned above may participate in the Honors Program. Students generally have one thing in common—a desire to get the most from their educational experience.
What can an honors program offer me?
Honors courses are challenging, and you can expect personal attention from a faculty mentor. When you graduate, your transcript will reflect your level of participation in the program, which could ultimately make a difference when seeking a job.
What comprises honors at GateWay?
We offer two options for honors students:
The Honors Experience involves the student qualification process then registration and completion of an honors class or project.
The Honors Program offers the same benefits of the Honors Experience and more. Program graduates are clearly identified on their official academic transcripts in addition to the honors designation beside each honors course completed. Additional responsibilities and privileges are required.
How are honors courses different?
Your mentors are faculty members who are committed to excellence, offering modern, flexible methods of instruction in a small class atmosphere. This encourages lively classroom interaction. Fewer topics may be covered; however, subject matter is covered in greater depth. Independent projects allow students to pursue topics or areas not covered in class. Field trips and speakers play a role in formal and informal learning that take place.
Please Note: The goal of these classes is not to do more work, but rather to provide students with a different type of experience that makes them active participants in the learning process.