Honors Requirements & Application Process

Requirements - beginning August 2019

Current high school student applicants must satisfy at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be academically ranked within the top 10% of their graduating class
  • Receive a combined American College Test (ACT) score of at least 28 or a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of at least 1300

Continuing AWC student applicants must:

  • With 12 credits or less (but not in high school): Be currently enrolled in ENG 101 or ENG 102 (or have already passed these classes with a grade of B or higher) and be currently enrolled in MAT 142 or higher (or have already passed it with a grade of B or higher) and furthermore have finished in the top 25% of their high school graduating class
  • With 13 credits or more: have a current grade point average of 3.5 or higher and be currently enrolled in ENG 101 or ENG 102 (or have already passed these classes with a grade of B or higher)

Application Process

High School Students and Current AWC Students: Use the application materials below to apply for both the Honors Program and the Honors Scholarship.

Honors Program Application:

  • Honors Program Application (fillable)
  • Open with Adobe Reader and type all responses.
  • Complete personal information sheet.
  • Write biographical essay.
  • Write essay on your academic and professional goals.
  • The Honors Council considers what you say (content), but also how you say it (style).  Essays will be scored lower for vague language and grammatical errors.
  • You do not need to complete the electronic signature.
  • Attach the completed application to an email that confirms your name.  Email to: honors@azwestern.edu

Two Academic Recommendations:

  • Send this Excel spreadsheet (or the link to it) to two faculty members or counselors from your current (or most recent) school.
  • They must email the completed form from their school email address to: honors@azwestern.edu

Confirmation of your academic eligibility:

High school students, e-mail us:

  • Scanned high school transcript AND your class rank clearly indicated on your transcript OR
  • Your scanned SAT or combined ACT scores (or ask your counselor to insert your score onto your transcript)

Current AWC students, your current unofficial college transcript is required.  You may either

All students, regardless of entry point, must be enrolled in at least twelve credits in the semester in which they apply.  Once students have been accepted into the Honors program they will be in good standing if they 1) maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better and 2) complete at least twelve credits each semester (fall and spring).

Students must also maintain good citizenship while in the program.  Serious misbehavior or improprieties can result in immediate dismissal by he Director from the program.

Students whose cumulative grade point average slips below 3.5 at the end of fall, spring, or summer semester will enter into probationary status for the next semester.  (The same is true of students who complete less than twelve credits in any semester.)  At the end of the following semester the student will either be returned to good standing (if her/his cumulative grade point average has risen above 3.5) or she/he will be released from the Honors program.

Deadlines for Honors scholarship: Will apply in the spring semester for the following school year only.  Use this application for both admission to the Honors Program itself and for the Honors Scholarship.  The deadline for receiving ALL SCHOLARSHIP MATERIALS will be Thursday, March 26, 2020, by 5:00 pm.  All materials must have been e-mailed to Honors@azwestern.edu by then.

***Exceptions to the application requirements may be allowed by the Honors Director - subject to approval by the Honors Council. 

(In rare circumstances, it is within the purview of the Honors Director to permit students demonstrating extraordinary talent in a particular discipline or area of study to enter the program who otherwise would not meet the admission criteria above. Such approved students who fail to meet the standard admission requirements, however, will enter the program on a provisional basis for a term of one semester.  To remain thereafter in the Honors Program the student must meet or exceed all Honors Program requirements detailed above.)

Honors Scholarships

Every year Arizona Western College disburses full scholarships to approximately 25 new and current AWC Honors Program students.  The deadline to submit all required items for the 2020-2021 AWC Honors Scholarship will be Thursday, March 26, at 5 p.m.  The application is entirely digital and all materials must be emailed to Honors@azwestern.edu no later than 5 p.m. on March 26 in order to be eligible for the scholarship.

The full scholarship for 2020-2021 will be for full tuition for 15 hours/semester, plus a book voucher and a food voucher.  (For 2019-2020 a total of $2290 per semester was provided, or $4580 for the complete year.)  Students must earn a 3.5+ GPA for fall semester, completing 12+ credit hours, in order to earn the scholarship for the following spring semester.  Semester total credits beyond 15 credits are free.

The Honors scholarship application process is entirely online; students must e-mail the following materials to Honors@azwestern.edu by March 26, 2020, at 5 p.m., to be eligible:  

  1. The completed Honors application form.

  2. Plus a separate written essay (500 to 1000 words total length) based on the following topic.  (Both portions must be completed.)

  3. First, think of someone you personally know well whose life has benefited from higher education.  Now tell us about this individual.  Give the individual's full name (first and last), your relation to this individual (e.g., your parent, sibling, other relative, teacher/professor, counselor/advisor, coach, coworker, boss, member of your church), and the names of the college(s) or university(ies) which this individual has attended.  What type of professional or personal work is this individual doing now?  What has this person told you about how and why higher education changed his/her life?  What were the most significant life lessons this person learned while attending college?  What doors and opportunities has that higher education provided him/her which otherwise would not have been available or have happened?

    Second, now project yourself about thirty-five years into the future.  Imagine you’re talking to a young family member (your child, or grandchild, or niece/nephew, or cousin).  As you look back on your high school and college years, you're explaining how and why your education was so critical in making you the adult you’ve become.  What specific details about your life might you be sharing with this young family member about how and why attending school here (in the Yuma community) changed your life and helped prepare you for what followed?  Reflect on relating your most meaningful, enjoyable, and valuable experiences as a high school and/or college student.  Highlight and emphasize the virtues and power of higher education in your life.   

  4. Two Excel faculty evaluations (recommendations) to be sent

  5. Transcript (with class rank, for high school students) or other document(s) indicating eligibility, such as ACT/SAT test scores

Contact Info

Phone: (928) 344-7685
Fax: (928) 344-7686
Location: LR 86
  • Monday - Thursday: 7:00am - 5:00pm