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Montgomery Scholars

A Selective Honors Program

The Information Session Webinar for applying to the Montgomery Scholars Program will be held on October 16, 2021 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm. Register for the session at MC Scholars Info Session Oct, 2021 

Montgomery Scholars Class of 2021

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 separate Montgomery Scholars Application with supporting documents.


First, all candidates MUST apply to the college online

  • Apply to MC Online. You will receive a college ID (M#) which you will need to complete your Montgomery Scholars application. Deadline: December 1, 2021

Then, apply online to the Montgomery Scholars Program 

  1. Go to Montgomery College Academic Works
  2. Use your MC login credentials to access the site.
  3. Make sure you are in the "Opportunities" tab within the menu bar.
  4. Type “1. Montgomery Scholars”, and the application should show up as the last item on the page with the search results.  
  5. If you do not see the “1. Montgomery Scholars Scholarship” within your list, type 2022 in the search function This should bring up the Montgomery Scholars application.
  6. Answer the additional questions and submit.
  1. Make sure to read the 2022 MC Scholars Application Guidelines posted under number 6 at the end of this list very carefully.
  2. Provide two of your high school teachers' emails in the application. They will be sent a Dropbox link for uploading recommendation letters for you.
  3. Provide your counselor’s email in the application. They will be sent a Dropbox link for uploading your transcript. 
  4. Complete BOTH the MC Admissions form AND the Montgomery Scholars application.
  5. Montgomery Scholars application asks for: 
    • Two high school teacher recommendations
    • High school transcript
    • Photocopy of your SAT and/or ACT scores (optional for this year)
    • Resume (optional but highly recommended)
    • Photocopy of AP scores and/or SAT II Scores
    • Mid-Year Grade Report (optional but highly recommended)
  6. Download instructions for completing the MC Scholars application.

2022 MC Scholars Application Guidelines (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

Faculty and Staff

From Florida’s Oklawaha River to Calcutta, India, from living with Travelling communities 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.

Student Life and Scholars in the News

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, Scholarly Pursuits, our award-winning program newsletter, and compelling alumni success stories and testimonials .


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. Read more about it.

Counseling and Transfer

Special honors counselors work with each class of Scholars to provide academic advising, personal counseling, and transfer advising. Find out more about counseling and transfer for Montgomery Scholars.  

Mission Statement

The mission of the Montgomery Scholars Program is to recruit 25 diverse Montgomery County High School seniors each year and to teach them in an intense, nurturing and stimulating learning community. We are committed to an interdisciplinary approach to post-secondary education, providing a first-year core curriculum which blends together the three disciplines of history, literature, and world music. This first-year core is team-taught and has an emphasis on Global Perspectives: Early Modern to Post Modern. In the second year of the program, another team-taught interdisciplinary capstone project links the students’ speech with an honors seminar and International Relations class. The capstone emphasizes independent research and public speaking, culminating in a Scholars Colloquium. A number of other honors classes are also tied to the core curriculum and enable students in the program to continue making cross-academic links. The aim of the Program is to encourage students to think critically, independently and globally. We believe a study travel experience also encourages such thinking, as do co-curricular activities including museum and art gallery visits and service learning. Fundamentally, we aim to facilitate students in the program to graduate in two years and to pursue their major at a four-year school; to that end, we also believe in personal advising to enable students to pursue and fulfill their aims.

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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