beat ‘em, join ‘em – in the Lone Star College-Montgomery Honors College. The Honors College, designed to set high-achievers apart with a wide range of opportunities, offers advantages of a small “college within a college,” while still providing access to the same extensive benefits available to traditional students.
David Kennedy, political science professor and director of the Honors College at LSC-Montgomery, states that the Honors College provides members with excellent opportunities for personal and professional growth, and helps distinguish them from the traditional student when transferring to a four-year school, seeking scholarship funds, or applying for a job.
“Honors in general promotes leadership development, interdisciplinary studies, critical thinking and analysis, and service learning,” Kennedy said. “This is a great place for students to accelerate in all of these areas, both inside and outside of the classroom.”
LSC-Montgomery Honors College students benefit from scholarship and internship opportunities, specialized honors and transfer academic advising, early registration, smaller class sizes, honors designation on transcripts, and so much more. Additional enriching experiences include travel, co-curricular activities, off-campus events, conferences, seminars and service learning opportunities.”
A recent addition to the Honors College at LSC-Montgomery is the Chancellor’s Fellows scholarship, where 20 students are selected through a competitive application to pursue a unique Honors Associate Degree program. They receive an award package covering tuition and fees (up to 15 credit hours per semester), a book allowance of up to $600 per semester, as well as a paid international capstone. In addition to pursuing an individualized honors curriculum, Fellows scholarship recipients benefit from extensive co-curricular opportunities and a close-knit learning cohort.
Lydia Buckley, LSC-Montgomery freshman and Chancellor’s Honors College Fellow, feels that the program is beneficial in its’ offering of a like community to lean on for help with classes, tutoring, research, and even just group guidance.
“Not only is the level of rigor and academics helpful in preparing me for a heavy workload in any intensive future programs,” Buckley said, “but it’s also nice to find a student that has taken the class before and can assist with tutoring and research.”
Kennedy notes that the Honors College is a great chance for students to build up their curriculum vitae, collect faculty and staff recommendation letters, get exposure to different universities for transfer opportunities, and engage in extensive research opportunities.
First year student Zack Webb is attending LSC-Montgomery on scholarship, and as a Chancellor’s Honors College Fellow. Zack feels fortunate to have unique opportunities such as co-curricular seminars, linked classes with interwoven academics, and the Honors College community for support.
Additionally, each year the Honors College selects and trains a student delegation to represent the college in the world’s largest collegiate Model United Nations (UN) program. Every March, members attend a weeklong simulation and conference in New York, competing with colleges and universities from around the world.
Shelsy Mireles, a second year LSC-Montgomery Honors College student – and one of this year’s selected delegates, is proud to represent the college in an area of study that means so much to her.
“I want to transfer to the University of Laden in Holland,” Mireles said. “And perhaps pursue something in international relations and global studies with a focus in European nations. I want to go into the economic financial sector, dealing with trade between nations on a global level.”
Mireles says working with the Model UN is an exact representation of her future professional goals, with the desire to possibly work for the UN or embassies around the world.
New and returning students are eligible for the Honors College with at least a high school GPA of 3.5, 1150 or higher combined total on the SAT, 26 or higher composite score on the ACT, or a 3.25 GPA with nine or more college credit hours.
For more information about the Honors College at LSC-Montgomery, call (936) 273-7035, or visit www.lonestar.edu/honors-montgomery.htm.
LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call (936) 273-7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.
Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community college systems in the nation. Dr. Steve Head is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.