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Honors Program

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Somerset Community College Honors Program is to encourage academic excellence, campus and community engagement, cultural awareness, and personal growth among highly motivated students in all disciplines. Honors students collaborate with faculty mentors in enhanced learning experiences that foster student success and improve life in their communities.

Is the SCC Honors Program right for you?

The SCC Honors program is designed for curious students who enjoy testing their intellectual limits and have a strong desire to be part of a community of scholars. Honors student are expected to engage in discussion with faculty mentors and peers as they explore areas of interest. Honors student are also expected to be actively engaged in campus and community activities and to participate in enrichment activities that involve travel. This combination of scholarly activity and engagement creates an environment where students develop leadership skills that are an asset in any profession.

Honors Coursework

Semester 1 – Honors First Year Experience (FYE) course
Semester 2 – Honors Contract Course 1*
Semester 3 – Honors Contract Course 2*
Semester 4 – Honors Capstone Course

*Honors contract courses may be taken in ANY discipline as long as the instructor for that course agrees to serve as an honors mentor for the student seeking honors credit. Both the honors student and the instructor serving as mentor must agree to the terms outlined in the honors contract. For complete project requirements contact Honors Program Director, Dr. Amanda Waterstrat at amanda.waterstrat@kctcs.edu.

Program benefits

  • $500 Scholarship
  • Honors designated courses
  • Honors designation on transcript upon successful completion
  • Designated honors faculty mentor
  • Opportunities for cultural enrichment and civic engagement
  • Honors orientation experience
  • Competitive edge in scholarship, transfer, and workforce applications
  • Letters of recommendation from Honors Program Director
  • Opportunities to present scholarly work in professional settings
  • Opportunities to meet honors students from colleges and universities across Kentucky

Admissions Requirements

The SCC Honors program is open to all degree-seeking students who meet eligibility criteria and can commit to participation in all four semesters of the program.


Prospective high school students should meet one or more of the following criteria: 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA, top 10% of class, ACT of 24 or higher, two strong letters of recommendation.

Students who may have already earned college credit may apply for the program and should have a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA in college coursework and/or two strong letters of recommendation.

Program Requirements

Honors students must be highly motivated, independent thinkers who enjoy extending their studies beyond what is required in the classroom. Each semester honors students must identify a topic of interest and work with a faculty mentor over the course of the semester to develop a project or research paper related to that topic. Students are required to maintain communication with the Honors Program Director and submit documentation of progress on their project each month. Students are also required to participate in campus and community enrichment experiences.

Ready to get started?

Step 1: Learn about SCC's Honors Program (see information above)

Step 2: Apply to admission at Somerset Community College

Step 3: Apply to the SCC Honors Program

Step 4: Send in your transcripts

Priority Deadline for Fall 2020 Admission is May 1, 2020

Honors Program Application

Recommend a student for this program.

Recommendation Form

For questions, you can contact scc-honors@kctcs.edu