Montgomery Scholars

Montgomery Scholars

The Montgomery Scholars Program is a selective-admission two-year interdisciplinary honors program designed for high school graduates as the first step in completing a four-year degree.

Montgomery Scholars will launch their college studies at a fraction of the cost of most four-year schools. The College will award merit scholarships to each student admitted into the Scholars program. These Montgomery Scholars scholarships cover the cost of full-tuition and fees, for two years of study at Montgomery College (30 credits per year at the in-county resident tuition rate).

As a Montgomery Scholar, you’ll be part of an exciting community of honors students sharing common intellectual and cultural experiences over the course of your two years at Montgomery College.

We emphasize interdisciplinary discourse and encourage students from all academic disciplines to apply.

How to Apply

All candidates applying to the Montgomery Scholars Program must FIRST submit a credit admissions application to Montgomery College. SECOND, in addition, all candidates must submit a special Montgomery Scholars Application with supporting documents.

All candidates applying to the Montgomery Scholars Program must FIRST submit a credit admissions application to Montgomery College. SECOND, in addition, all candidates must submit a special Montgomery Scholars Application with supporting documents.

Apply to MC Online. You will receive a college ID (M#) which you will need to complete your Montgomery Scholars application. Deadline: December 1, 2019.
  1. Go to
  2. Use your MC login credentials to access the site.
  3. Make sure you are in the "Opportunities" tab within the menu bar.
  4. The Montgomery Scholars application should be the first application available. 
  5. Apply to the program by hitting the "Apply" button.
  6. Answer the additional questions and submit.
  1. Make sure you have taken the SAT, or ACT by December 2019, and/or the Montgomery College Accuplacer at a MC Assessment Center by January 6, 2020.
  2. Arrange for at least two letters of academic recommendation from high school teachers who know you well.
  3. Arrange for your high school transcript to be sent to the address below.
  4. Complete BOTH the MC Admissions form AND the Montgomery Scholars application
  5. Montgomery Scholars application asks for: 

    Two high school teacher recommendations
    Photocopy of your SAT and/or ACT scores
    Montgomery Scholars Application Checklist (must be filled out)
    Resume (optional but highly recommended)
    Photocopy of AP scores and/or SAT II Scores
    Mid-Year Grade Report (optional but highly recommended)

  6. Send any application materials NOT submitted with the online Montgomery Scholars Application:

Montgomery College
Montgomery Scholars Program
Montgomery Scholars Aide
52 Mannakee St, HU 203
Rockville, MD 20850

Faculty and Staff

From Florida’s Oklawaha River to Calcutta, India, from living with the gypsies for several months in Scotland while conducting research for a dissertation on Scottish Traveller ballads, to studying the impact of domestic groups on US foreign policy toward Cuba, our faculty are an intriguing and diverse company. See the complete story on first-year and second-year faculty, and our honors counselors.

Scholars' Student Life

Opportunities abound for new community, retreats, picnic, leadership, and service learning: on campus and off, at planned events and at spontaneous gatherings, you’ll experience the camaraderie that has become the special hallmark of the Scholars program. There's our traditional retreat for incoming students, and the Annual Picnic in the Park, where Scholars who have graduated and transferred to four year colleges and universities return each year to catch up with one another, meet new Scholars and share updates and special news. And Scholars complete Service Learning in the first two years of the program and during summer study.

Read more about student life in the Montgomery Scholars' Program.


At the heart of the program is a general studies curriculum designed to fulfill many of the general education requirements at MC and prepare you for transfer to a four-year school. Montgomery Scholars have successfully transferred as anthropology, art, biological sciences, business, computer science, economics, engineering, history, mathematics, political science, pre-med, psychology and world language majors, to name a few.

MC Scholars Colloquium, March 4, 2017
MC Scholars Colloquium, March 4, 2017

The curriculum includes thematically linked courses, specially designed for the Scholars Program, as well as limited enrollment honors sections of existing courses. As a student in the Scholars program, you will learn from honors faculty who are active scholar-practitioners in their fields. And you will be part of a community of honors students sharing common intellectual experiences. A core curriculum, cultural excursions to museums and galleries, on-campus guest lectures, informal gatherings at the Philo-Cafe—and a summer study travel experience—all create a sense of community often missing in the first two years of higher education.

For questions about the Montgomery Scholars Curriculum, please contact the Interim Director, Dr. Cheryl Tobler, at or 240-567-4377.  Or read more about it.


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What People are Saying
The Montgomery Scholars Program was a very special time in my academic career. Thanks to the mentorship from professors and friends, I gained new perspectives on life which eventually guided me into the career that I am passionate about. The program became a community for me, one that has continued even after graduation.
Cecilia Nicolich, BS, Business Administration, American University; AA, Montgomery College
Counseling and Transfer

Special honors counselors work with each class of Scholars to provide academic advising, personal counseling, and transfer advising, including:  

  • Special academic orientation sessions in early June, as an incoming student
  • Special sections of student development courses
  • Honors counselors assist Scholars in the transfer process and obtaining information about transfer credits, and helping you create a scholarship portfolio, which highlights your academic accomplishments.
  • MC has strong transfer relationships and articulation agreements with both public and private four-year schools in our metropolitan area—and an excellent record for transferring students to the finest colleges and universities in the nation.

Find out more about counseling and transfer for Montgomery Scholars.  

Newsletter and Alumni Success Stories

Read Scholarly Pursuits, our award-winning program newsletter. Also, we have compiled several compelling Alumni success stories and testimonials so you can get a more personal feel for the Montgomery Scholars program.

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Frequently-Asked Questions
General Questions

Curriculum, majors, internships

Curriculum, majors, internships

Why should I become a Montgomery Scholar?
As a Montgomery Scholar you will be part of a learning community of honors students sharing common intellectual experiences; you will take half your college courses with your fellow scholars learning from honors faculty who are active scholar-practitioners in their fields; you will learn in an inter-disciplinary environment in which you will also be able to pursue your own major; you will have academic advising, internship, scholarship and transfer opportunities that will enable you to complete your baccalaureate degree and go on to graduate studies and/or the professions.

What courses would I take as a Montgomery Scholar?
In addition to classes for your major, you will take a first year team-taught 'core' curriculum of honors world history, literature and world music as well as an honors anthropology class and an English rhetoric class; in the summer between your first and second year you will take a summer study-travel course within the US, pending funding; during the second year of the program you will take an honors communication/speech class, as well as an honors team-taught capstone/research in the disciplines course with an honors international relations class.

What courses would I take as a Montgomery Scholar in the first year?  
In your first year you will take five courses worth 15 honors credits with your fellow scholars: honors world history, world literature and world music in the 'core' and honors anthropology and English rhetoric; you will also take around 15 credits in classes in your major during your first year.

What courses would I take as a Montgomery Scholar in the second year?
In your second year you will continue taking courses in your major as well as three courses worth nine credits with your fellow Montgomery Scholars: an honors communication/speech class, and an honors capstone/research in the disciplines course that is team-taught with an honors international relations class.

What are the requirements of honors courses?
All honors courses emphasize writing and research. They might include journals, projects, experiments, oral presentations or other assignments, accompanied by appropriate written explanation.  

What majors are available at Montgomery College? What majors are available to students in the Montgomery Scholars program?
Scholars can choose from a list of over forty-four majors representing a broad spectrum of disciplines offered at Montgomery College. Although MC offers additional majors under its Associate of Applied Science degree programs, these more narrowly focused skills based majors, such as Building Trades or Automotive Technology are not compatible with the broader academic focus of the Scholars curriculum. Scholars may choose their respective area of concentration from the wide array of majors leading to an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Arts in Teaching or an Associate of Fine Arts degree. These curriculums provide students with the courses they will need to successfully transfer into a Bachelor’s degree program at a four year college or university. 

Can a science or engineering major participate in the Scholars program?
Yes. Throughout the program’s history, many Montgomery Scholars have pursued degrees in the sciences and engineering. Due to the large number of major-specific courses required in these disciplines, Scholars are encouraged to work closely with their Scholars counselor and faculty advisor in their major for assistance with academic planning and course selection.

What campus is the program at?
With the exception of the summer-study travel course, the Scholars courses are all taught at the Rockville campus; you may take your other courses at the Rockville campus or any other Montgomery College campus or online.

What honors programs are available at Montgomery College?
The college-wide honors program features two special programs for students entering Montgomery College from high school: The Macklin Business Institute and Montgomery Scholars; as well as a program for existing Montgomery College students after they have attended the college for one semester: Renaissance Scholars. Students can also enroll in honors courses with honors modules (HM), honors sections of existing classes (HC), honors tutorials consisting of small class seminars on special topics (HP), honors independent study consisting of independent research (HP) and student internships at museums in Washington, DC or through editorial participation in The Potomac Review (HP).

Can I enroll in the Macklin Business Institute and Montgomery Scholars? 
You may not enroll in both Macklin and Montgomery Scholars as a first-year student; you may be eligible to add the Macklin program as a sophomore Montgomery Scholar.

Are there internship opportunities at Montgomery College and as a Montgomery Scholar? 
Yes, there are a number of internship opportunities, including internships with the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Capstone Colloquium and Beacon Conference

What is the Capstone Colloquium?
The Capstone Colloquium is the last milestone in the intellectual journey of the Montgomery Scholars. It offers them an opportunity and a forum to showcase their capstone projects, which they complete having taken the honors capstone/ research in the disciplines course, the honors international relations class and the honors communication/speech class. They present their research at the colloquium in front of an audience that includes both the college and the broader community.

What is the Beacon Conference?
The annual Beacon Conference is a student honors conference run by a consortium of community colleges that showcases the outstanding academic achievements of community college students. Students are invited to submit research papers in any of 20 discipline categories. Writers of the top three papers in each category are called Beacon Scholars and are invited to present at the conference. The winning paper carries a $100 prize.

Advising and Transfer

What advising assistance would I receive as a Montgomery Scholar?
Scholars are assigned a counselor who will be able to provide them with advising and counseling services throughout the course of the two year program. The Scholars counselor will conduct periodic informational group sessions on topics such as academic planning, how to apply to transfer schools and scholarships, and other topics as the need arises. Scholars will have the opportunity to meet individually with their counselor each semester to discuss their educational goals and make adjustments to their educational plans as they progress through their program of studies. Supplemental academic advising is provided by faculty advisors in each student’s major.

Scholars are encouraged to meet frequently with the Scholars counselor to discuss any academic issues that may arise such as making choices about major, selecting transfer schools, applying to scholarships or discussing academic or personal challenges that may arise. The Scholars counselors are committed to establishing a strong rapport with their respective students in order to provide Scholars with personal support and guidance throughout their time at MC.

What colleges have Montgomery Scholars transferred to after the program?
Past scholars have transferred to a number of schools including: American University, Amherst College, Clemson University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Florida State University, Georgetown University, the George Washington University, Hood College, Howard University, the Johns Hopkins University, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, Smith College, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Towson University, University of Maryland, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Virginia.

Can I transfer after one year in the Scholars program?
When you become a Montgomery Scholar the expectation is you complete both the first and second years of the program.

What transfer services are available at Montgomery College and for Montgomery Scholars? 
Montgomery College offers extensive services to assist students with transfer planning. A key resource is the MC website’s transfer page, which details a step-by-step guide to the transfer process and provides information about transfer scholarship opportunities and course transferability to four-year colleges and universities. Scholars counselors present transfer planning information to Scholars during both the first and second years of the program and discuss transfer plans with Scholars during their one-on-one advising sessions each semester. In addition, many Scholars faculty make themselves available to review Scholar transfer admission essays and write letters of recommendation.

Scholarships and Placement

What scholarship opportunities are available through the Montgomery Scholars Program?
Students selected for the Montgomery Scholars Program for the fall 2019 semester will be offered two-year (four academic semesters), full-tuition (15 credit hours per semester at the in-county rate) merit scholarships. Pending funding, these merit scholarships will also include the majority of expenses associated with attending the summer study travel experience in the United States (summer 2019).

What scholarship opportunities are available at Montgomery College?
Montgomery College offers several scholarship programs. Please visit Financial Aid for additional information about scholarship opportunities.

What placement tests do I need to be considered for Montgomery Scholars?
SAT, or ACT, and/or the Montgomery College Accuplacer scores are required for your Montgomery Scholars Application to be considered. 

For Applicants Submitting SAT and/or ACT scores:

Applicants who took the SAT and/or ACT must include photocopies of your SAT and/or ACT scores in your complete Montgomery Scholars Application packet by the January 6, 2020 deadline. We also need your official SAT and/or ACT scores by January 6, 2020. Please request that these be sent to Montgomery College, Rockville Campus. Failure to submit official test scores may adversely affect consideration for the program.

In keeping with Montgomery College requirements, all Montgomery Scholars applicants should take the appropriate placement test (Accuplacer or ESL-Accuplacer, or TOEFL) for English (sentence skills and reading sections). 

You may test out of the English placement requirement if you meet the following criteria:

  • SAT: Evidence Based Reading/Writing score 480 or above or Reading subset 26 or above
  • ACT: Reading score 21 or above
  • TOEFL: 90 or above (IBT) or 575 or above (paper)
  • IELTS: 6.5 or above

For Applicants Submitting Accuplacer/ESL Accuplacer instead of SAT and/or ACT scores:

Montgomery Scholars applicants who take the Montgomery College Placement Test (Accuplacer or ESL-Accuplacer) for English (sentence skills and reading sections) and math should do so at a Montgomery College Assessment Center. You can find more information at : /admissions-registration/assessments.html

Applicants to the Montgomery Scholars program should take the appropriate placement test (Accuplacer or ELS-Accuplacer) by January 6, 2020 at a Montgomery College Assessment Center.

For more detailed information about placement testing, including the testing schedule for all three campuses, visit: /admissions-registration/assessments.html

Please contact for additional information regarding the College placement test process.

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