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The Honors College at Lone Star College

Applying for Fall 2021 and/or Interested in Scholarships for Fall 2021?

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Fill out the Honors College Application to apply to the Honors College for Fall 2021 and to be considered for all scholarships! Applications will be accepted on a ROLLING ADMISSIONS basis. 

We offer a variety of scholarships including:

  • The Chancellor's Fellows Award (Opens October 15th, Cohort begins Fall 2021). A limited number of incoming freshmen will be admitted as Honors College Chancellor's Fellows. Recipients of this award will receive an award package to include:

    • Honors Associate Degree (AA or AS)
    • Award Package to include tuition and fees (up to 15 credit hours of in-district tuition per semester)
    • Book Allowance (up to $600 per semester)
    • Allowance ($600 per semester)
    • International travel opportunities

Eligibility Requirements and Benefits

  • Merit Scholarships - Geared toward incoming or current college students who are planning to be at Lone Star College for less than two (2) years and/or are unable to commit to the Chancellor's Fellows requirements. Applications for Merit Scholarships are reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received and are subject to the availability of funds. Furthermore, Merit Scholarship candidates must be enrolled in at least one (1) Honors course for the semester they wish to be awarded. Scholarship applications received after the first day of a given semester (Fall or Spring) will be reviewed for the following semester.

Not sure which scholarship is right for you? Click on the The Honors College Application, on the first page you will see a "Which Honors Scholarship is Right for me" chart to help further explain the two scholarship options within the Honors College. For more information, contact your nearest Honors College campus or you may also contact the System Honors College office at (281) 618-1149 or by email at TheHonorsCollege@LoneStar.edu

Honors College Eligibility

Applications for the Honors College are open to new or returning students with at least one of the following:

  • If applicant has 9 or more college credit hours: cumulative 3.25 GPA
  • A high school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • 1240 or higher composite SAT score (combined Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections)
  • 26 or higher composite score on the ACT

After completion of the online application, you will be contact by your campus Honors Director with additional details including upcoming course offerings.

Application Details

What is “rolling admissions”?

Rolling admissions means applications will be reviewed, when complete (see below), periodically throughout the year.  For this application, applicants may be selected for interview, accepted (or declined), and awarded, after interview.

This process encourages students entering college to complete early to determine acceptance and access to cohort scholarships and to possibly secure a scholarship for the following academic year.  Spaces are available until all awards are distributed.  The applicant period begins on October 15The early action priority deadline is January 15.  The general scholarship processing period extends until the start of the academic year.

What is “complete”?

To be eligible for an interview (for scholarship consideration) an applicant must submit an unofficial transcript (with rank and GPA calculations), and the writing sample.  If applicants are turning in SAT or ACT scores, which are optional due to COVID-19 this year (see additional details here), they would also be needed for consideration at this time.

To be eligible to be awarded, applicants would also need to complete FAFSA (or TASFA) and submit three (3) letters of recommendation and submit official transcripts.

What kinds of decisions might I receive?

  • Award:  Applicant has been selected to receive a scholarship from the Honors College and admitted for the 2021 Academic Year, contingent upon successful submission of all requisite paperwork. 
  • Admit: Applicant has been accepted into the Honors College for the 2021 Academic Year.
  • Defer:  A deferred decision means that although the applicant met the Early Action period, or completed the application before the end of the processing period, we need more time and more information about our applicant pool in order to make a final scholarship decision. An update on any scholarship decision would be provided to the student before the start of the Academic Year.
  • Deny:  Based upon the application documents submitted, we are not able to offer the applicant admission to the Honors College and/or we are unable to extend a scholarship offer to the applicant at this time.
  • Waitlist:  The application has been placed on a waitlist.  Although we have determined that the applicant is academically prepared to succeed, we must make certain we do not exceed the number of scholarship allocations available.  Contingent upon budget availability, waitlisted applicants will receive a scholarship of some kind and will receive an update on the status of their applications by June 15.?

Graduation Distinctions

Students enrolled in The Honors College are eligible for graduation distinctions based on their honors credit hours taken. All honors courses will be appropriately designated on transcripts.

  • Honors College Fellow Degree (AA/AS) – Students who complete a minimum of 6 honors credit hours per semester and a total of 27 hours of honors credit with an overall 3.25 GPA will receive the designation of Honors College Fellow Degree on their transcript
  • Graduate with Honors in Research – Completion of 9 Honors credits, 3.50 GPA
  • Graduate with High Honors in Research – Completion of 15 Honors credits, 3.50 GPA
  • Graduate with Highest Honors in Research – Completion of 21 Honors credits, 3.50 GPA
  • Honors Scholar – Completion of the Honors Scholar course (includes 25 hours of internship); 3.50 GPA. Note: The Honors Scholar course may only be attempted after successful completion of 9 honors credits OR after successful completion of 6 honors credits with concurrent enrollment in an additional 3 or more honors credits.

The Path to Excellence Starts Here

photo of ladyThe Honors College at Lone Star College offers a wide range of opportunities for honors students—from incoming freshman wanting to graduate with an Honors AA or Honors AS degree, to high-achieving students seeking to graduate with Honors distinction, to students interested in earning individual honors course credit.

The Honors College is designed to meet the needs of high-achieving students seeking to improve their college transcripts and transferability with challenging coursework provided across a broad range of disciplines. Our courses will engage and challenge students inside and outside the classroom through small classes and close interaction with dedicated faculty. Opportunities to enrich the total college experience while at The Honors College include travel, off-campus educational and cultural events, service learning opportunities, conferences and special seminars.

The Honors College at Lone Star College offers students the advantages of a small “college within a college,” while still providing access to the extensive benefits available through Lone Star College.

Ours is an undergraduate-research program. Students are encouraged to develop projects and coursework based on their own interests and career goals—and they develop analytical, communication and leadership skills that help them succeed no matter which future academic or professional career they choose. Our courses and co-curricular activities, including our Honors College Leadership Program, are based on national best practices as set by the Council for Undergraduate Research.

Honors classes provide a unique intellectual and co-curricular experience. Honors College students may earn honors academic course credit by enrolling in honors sections, as well as by working with a faculty member in small groups seminars or independent studies.



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