Benefits

University Honors is a tight-knit community of scholars, within a large, research-university setting, where students will connect with other students, faculty, and staff. The four-year program encourages well-prepared and motivated students to excel and to take an active role in maximizing their education by engaging with, and taking full advantage of, the array of resources and opportunities University Honors has to offer. 

  • Academic

    Four-Year Learning Community: University Honors students take classes with the other students in their cohort and receive support and resources from University Honors faculty and staff.


    Honors Courses: Honors students have the opportunity to enroll in Honors courses taught by student-centered faculty members, who are involved in cutting-edge research and scholarship. A majority of Honors courses are capped at 15-20 students, giving students a better opportunity to engage and get to know the professor of the course. Students also benefit from the ability to delve more deeply into the material being presented. These interactions advance a students' critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills and also allow them to build intellectual and social connections with others in the Honors community.  Honors courses also provide students with the resources and framework necessary to pursue a capstone project.


    Capstone Development and Completion: University Honors students participate in a series of courses and experiences that prepare them for undergraduate research and the completion of a capstone project. The capstone project can consist of research, creative activity, or experiential activity. Students learn how to interact with faculty and select a faculty member to be their mentor. Students conceive and design a project plan while honing research and writing skills. These projects enable students to take learning outside the classroom and apply critical thought to the topics they are most passionate about. The capstone project experience will differentiate students from other students when applying for graduate school, professional school, and employment.


    Priority Registration: University Honors Students receive priority registration leading to a much better chance of getting into the courses they need and graduating on time.

  • Community

    Honors Student Community: Consisting of just over 800 students on a campus that enrolls more than 26,000 students, University Honors provides the feeling of a small, liberal arts college within a major, research university.


    Living-Learning Community: Students who participate in University Honors have an opportunity to live with other University Honors students, and a faculty-in-residence, in Honors-only communities, in Pentland Hills Residence Hall or the Glen Mor student community, where they receive mentoring, support, programming, and resources.


    Community/Faculty Engagement: As part of the program Honors students are encouraged to participate in University Honors activities designed to help them network with faculty, staff, and their fellow students and access a variety of opportunities and resources related to our three pillars of excellence.  Students are exposed to the wealth of knowledge the faculty possess, including knowledge pertaining to the capstone project, graduate school, and professional school via the various engagement activities that allow students to network with faculty outside the classroom. The activities are carefully designed to help students learn more about themselves and how they can make a difference. They encourage students to branch out beyond academic learning to become well-rounded, active learners who raise creative and relevant questions, identify substantive goals, and consider options and practical strategies for increasing their own introspection. 


    Personalized Counseling: Professional staff members in University Honors play a pivotal role in students reaching their personal, academic, and professional goals. Honors counselors work closely with students, academic advisors, and a network of campus resources to help students explore options about majors, scholarships, and extracurricular activities, as students transition to the independence of university life and academics. University Honors Counselors have smaller caseloads than academic advisors and are able to offer students more frequent and longer counseling appointments to meet their needs.

  • Opportunities and Resources

    Leadership Positions: University Honors offers a variety of competitive leadership positions to our students that provide them with professional development opportunities. Students can participate as Honors Ambassadors, Outreach Leaders, members of the Marketing and Media team, or members of the University Honors Audeamus Editorial Board. All of our leadership positions are compensated with a scholarship. 


    Research and Internship Positions: Honors faculty and staff encourage students to get involved in faculty-mentored research and to pursue internship opportunities. Honors Counselors work one-on-one with students to help identify research and internship opportunities, both on and off campus. Fellowship funding is available to support student research, education abroad, and participation in UC-Washington DC and UC-Sacramento internship programs. Additional opportunities are promoted to students via our counseling appointments, weekly e-mail, and social media.

  • Scholarships

    Awards and Fellowships: Honors faculty and staff prepare students for the application process for prestigious awards by helping them to develop portfolios that strongly position them for competitive local, national, and international academic fellowships and awards.

    University Honors Scholarships: With the exception of the Honors Excellence in Research Scholarship, all other University Honors scholarships require that an application must be submitted by the student. To access the scholarship application for those scholarships that require an application, please review the information below.

    American Honda Honors Science/Engineering Endowed Fund
    Eligibility: University Honors students in good standing who are female and/or an underrepresented minority in STEM disciplines.
    Award Purpose: To assist female and/or underrepresented minority students who are pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with the cost of their education.
    Award Amount & Distinction: A maximum of up to $1500.00. 
    Application Open:  November 1, 2022
    Application Deadline: January 26, 2023 at 11:59pm

    Apply Here

    Civic Engagement Scholarship
    Eligibility: Current second-year University Honors students in good standing, who completed HNPG 002W- Principles of Civic Engagement during the fall quarter of the academic year that they submit the application. 
    Award Purpose: To provide scholarships to students who completed a civic engagement project after taking Principles of Civic Engagement. Applicants must have completed an ongoing project and be prepared to submit a brief PowerPoint (including pictures or project/activities) at the end of the academic year. More details will be provided when the application opens. 
    Award Amount: Up to $1000.00
    Application Open:  March 1, 2023.
    Application Deadline: Spring Quarter

    Daniel and Irma Shannon Endowed Student Award
    Eligibility: University Honors students in good standing who are also in the first generation of their family to attend a four-year university or college.  
    Award Purpose: To assist University Honors students who are also first-generation college students with the cost of their education. 
    Award Amount & Distinction: A maximum of up to $1000.00. 
    Application Open:  November 1, 2022
    Application Deadline: January 26, 2023 at 11:59pm

    Apply Here

    Hays Capstone Project Fellowship
    Eligibility: Honors students in good standing, making exemplary progress in HNPG199H, and who are in their last year of University Honors.
    Award Purpose: To assist outstanding Honors students with the cost of their education, as they complete their Honors capstone project. This award cannot be used for lab equipment, art supplies, or other items related to their actual project, due to method of disbursement.
    Award Amount & Distinction: A maximum of up to $1000.00. Recipients will also be designated "Howard H Hays, Jr. University Honors Research Scholars."
    Application Open:  November 1, 2022
    Application Deadline: January 26, 2023 at 11:59pm

    Apply Here

    Honors Excellence in Research (HEIR) Scholarship
    Eligibility: Students in University Honors who satisfactorily complete HNPG150, two quarters of HNPG199H, and possess a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
    Award Purpose: To support students engaged in and completing the University Honors capstone project.
    Award Amount: Up to $1,000 per student per year. Scholarships will be awarded to students in the winter of each year. Scholarship recipients must submit a letter of thanks when requested and as a condition of receiving their scholarship.
    Application Open: No application required.
    Application Deadline: Honors will use progress in HNPG 199H to verify eligibility in Winter quarter. 

    Honors Engagement Scholarship
    Eligibility: Students in University Honors in good standing who successfully completed the Honors Engagement Survey after attending an Honors Engagement event. 
    Award Purpose: To support students engaged in University Honors events and activities throughout the year. Only one form submission is required. 
    Award Amount: Up to $200.00 per student regardless of how many times the form is submitted. 
    Survey Open: The survey changes each quarter and can be found in your weekly Honors Engagement Email. 
    Survey Deadline: For fall quarter, the survey is due by Friday of week 10.  The scholarship will only be awarded once at the end of the academic year.

    Social Justice Capstone Project Scholarship 
    Eligibility: Honors students in good standing, making exemplary progress in HNPG199H, and are working on a capstone project that addresses societal inequities and promotes social justice.
    Award Purpose: To assist outstanding Honors students who are working on social justice projects with the cost of their education, as they complete their Honors capstone project. This award cannot be used for equipment, art supplies, or other items related to their actual project, due to method of disbursement.
    Award Amount & Distinction: A maximum of up to $1000.00. 
    Application Open:  November 1, 2022
    Application Deadline: January 26, 2023 at 11:59pm

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    Study Abroad, UCDC, or UCCS Participation Scholarship
    Eligibility: Honors students in good standing who have been accepted to a Study Abroad, UCDC, or UCCS opportunity.
    Award Purpose: To support students in their participation in Study Abroad, UCDC, or UCCS.
    Award Amount: Up to $1000.00 per student
    For Winter and Spring 2023 Participation
    Application Open: October 1, 2022
    Application Deadline: October 13, 2022 
    To access Winter & Spring application, click here.

    For Summer and Fall 2023 Participation
    Application Open: March 1, 2023 
    Application Deadline: Spring Quarter
     
    Student Travel Award for Attendance at Professional Meeting/Conference
    Eligibility: Honors students in good standing who have been accepted to present their work at a professional meeting/conference.
    Award Purpose: To help defray the cost of travel to professional meetings/conferences.
    Award Amount: Scholarships of up to $500 are available.
    For Winter and Spring 2023 Participation
    Application Open: October 1, 2022
    Application Deadline: October 13, 2022 
    To access Winter & Spring application, click here.

    For Summer and Fall 2023 Participation
    Application Open: March 1, 2023
    Application Deadline: Spring Quarter

    Disbursement of Funds
    Students will receive their scholarships through their financial aid award package. The Office of Financial Aid has jurisdiction over how all scholarships and fellowships are added to a student's yearly financial aid awards. Students with questions or special requests for disbursement should contact the Office of Financial Aid.