Honors

Montgomery College's Honors Program is a collegewide program for motivated students seeking exciting and academically rewarding experiences. It allows students to discover and develop their talents and interests through honors courses, seminars, independent study, internships, service-learning opportunities, and social and cultural activities. It features five special programs: Renaissance Scholars, STEM Scholars,  Macklin Business Institute,  Montgomery Scholars, and the Scholars Circle.

Eligibility

Students have to meet one of the following criteria to become an MC Honors student:

  • Completion of at least 12 MC credits with a GPA of 3.2 or higher in transfer-level classes, including ENGL 101 or ENGL 101A with a grade of A or B
  • SAT scores of 600 on each section and a minimum high school GPA of 3.5, unweighted
  • Eligibility for ENGL 102, as determined by the MC placement process, and a minimum high school GPA of 3.5, unweighted

Students who are applying from high school or who are new to the school should contact an honors counselor.

Search For Honors Courses

  1. Go to Search the Class Schedule.
  2. Click on Advanced Search.
  3. Select the Term and click Submit.
  4. Follow the instructions on the page to select subject(s).
  5. Under Attribute Type, select Honors Course.
  6. Click Class Search.

Scholarships and Internships

Students accepted into Montgomery Scholars and the Macklin Business Institute honors programs receive full tuition scholarships up to 30 credits per academic year.

The MC Honors Program also offers a limited number of course scholarships  each spring semester. A limited number of scholarships for the Spring 2020 semester are available. Each scholarship will cover the cost of tuition of a three, four or five credit class at the in-county rate. The application deadline is December 15, 2019. Recipients of awards will be notified by January 15, 2020. 

In addition, our advisors assist students in applying for national scholarships including the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship, and others.

MC Honors students are eligible for unique internship opportunities through the Paul Peck Humanities Institutenew window, the Potomac Review, the Women's & Gender Studies Program, and more. Contact an honors advisor to learn more about scholarships and internships. 

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Renaissance Scholars

This selective honors program features scholarship support, special advising, and the opportunity to earn college credit for a summer study/travel experience.

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Montgomery Scholars

Montgomery Scholars accepts 25 outstanding high school graduates each year. This academically challenging program offers a full tuition scholarship and combines a rigorous curriculum of honors courses, special advising, and an honors capstone research project.

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Macklin Business Institute

Macklin Business Institute (MBI) Honors Program offers experiential learning and internships in economics, statistics, and other core business courses, and includes a full-tuition scholarship. 

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The Scholars Circle

Designed for high-achieving students, The Scholars Circle allows students to design their own honors curriculum and provides special advising and activities.

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STEM Scholars Program

The STEM Scholars Program is a selective honors program for students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) at Montgomery College.

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The Honors Program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, a national organization of honors programs at two- and four-year colleges and universities, and the Maryland Collegiate Honors Council. Montgomery College is also a member of the Beacon Conference, a conference for student scholars at two-year colleges.

Honors Coursework Codes

  • Honors modules (HM suffix) – honors enriched coursework, paired with standard class section.
  • Honors sections of existing classes (HC suffix) – classes with all honors students for standard course offerings.
  • Honors independent study (HONR prefix) – student initiated independent research projects guided by faculty

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Phi Theta Kappa is the nation's largest and most prestigious honor society for two-year college students. Election to Phi Theta Kappa represents one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a student at Montgomery College. There are Phi Theta Kappa chapters on each of Montgomery College's campuses; students interested in becoming members should contact the Phi Theta Kappa adviser at the campus they attend or visit the Office of Student Life for information.

Germantown Campus
HS Building, Room 157
240-567-1965

Membership in Phi Theta Kappa provides many benefits.  First and foremost, you will be eligible for transfer scholarships that many colleges and universities offer to Phi Theta Kappa members.  Another benefit of membership is that you will be included in Phi Theta Kappa’s scholarship and job placement database, which makes your name available to senior institutions seeking scholarship recipients and major companies seeking employees; this is done automatically for you when the College submits the enclosed profile form.  You will receive the Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Directory, which includes a listing of all transfer scholarships available exclusively to Phi Theta Kappa members, plus articles on financial aid, transferring, and four year institutions.  Finally, the national reputation of Phi Theta Kappa will identify you to other colleges and potential employers as a superior student, and should be included on your resume. 

Announcements 

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Transfer Scholarship 

Contact

Michael Harding, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Faculty Advisor, Phi Theta Kappa - Germantown 
michael.harding@montgomerycollege.edu 
(240) 567-7759

Lucy E. Laufe, Ph.D.
Professor, Anthropology
Faculty Co-Advisor, Phi Theta Kappa
Collegewide Honors Program Director
Germantown Campus Honors Coordinator
lucy.laufe@montgomerycollege.edu 
(240)-567-1965

Rockville Campus
CB Building, Room 201
240-567-5086

Honors Conferences

  • Maryland
  • Beacon
  • Northeast Regional

Honors Transfer Agreements

Having challenged themselves, MC Honors students find bright futures ahead. MC Honors students have transferred to distinguished schools including Boston University, Cornell University, New York University, and many others. We also have an honors-to-honors transfer agreement with Dickinson College, meaning that MC Honors students have the opportunity to transfer to Dickinson as honors students.

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