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.
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 3.4 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.
The recent changes in the GPA requirements to graduate with honors instituted by
Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) raised the qualifying cumulative GPA to
3.5. Our honors program has always been committed to helping students develop as scholars.
The mission has not changed, but the GPA eligibility requirement needs to align more
closely to state standards. Several honors programs and initiatives already require
more than a 3.2 – Macklin Scholars 3.5, STEM Scholars 3.4, and the Paul Peck Humanities
Institute Honors Internships a 3.4.
CURRENT AND NEW STUDENTS:
Effective June 1, 2020, the cumulative GPA required to take any honors course will be 3.4. New students applying to take an honors course in the fall (aside from those who have been grandfathered in through a program listed below) will have to meet the 3.4 requirement.
MACKLIN SCHOLARS, MONTGOMERY SCHOLARS, AND RENAISSANCE SCHOLARS:
Current students in the Montgomery Scholars and Renaissance Scholars who were accepted into these programs before June 1, 2020 will be grandfathered in with the requirement of 3.2 or above (which was the required GPA at their time of admission).
Search For Honors Courses
- Go to Search the Class Schedule.
- Click on Advanced Search.
- Select the Term and click Submit.
- Follow the instructions on the page to select subject(s).
- Under Attribute Type, select Honors Course.
- 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.
- printable MC STEM Scholars Spring 2020 Scholarship Application (PDF, )
Online Applicationnew window
- printable MC STEM Scholars Spring 2020 Scholarship recommendation form (PDF, )
Online Recommendation Formnew window
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.Skip section
This selective honors program features scholarship support, special advising, and the opportunity to earn college credit for a summer study/travel experience.
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.
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.
Designed for high-achieving students, The Scholars Circle allows students to design their own honors curriculum and provides special advising and activities.
The STEM Scholars Program is a selective honors program for students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) at Montgomery College.
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.
HS Building, Room 157
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.
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Michael Harding, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Faculty Advisor, Phi Theta Kappa - Germantown
Lucy E. Laufe, Ph.D.
Faculty Co-Advisor, Phi Theta Kappa
Collegewide Honors Program Director
Germantown Campus Honors Coordinator
- 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.