The Honors Scholars Program is dedicated to providing academically talented students with opportunities to further develop their intellectual potential. Honors Scholars participate in a collaborative community designed to motivate and challenge talented students and to foster a life-long dedication to learning. Honors Scholars have the privilege of registering early for classes as well as the opportunity to take part in special activities such as master classes, workshops, walking tours, networking events, research opportunities, and enriched coursework for honors credit. The requirements for joining the Honors Scholars Program are a minimum GPA of 3.4 and completion of 12 or more credits.
According to a study conducted in 2020, participation in the Honors Scholars Program has clear benefits that increase with the time spent in the program as well as the number of Honors credit in a regular course projects completed. These include, for example, reduced library anxiety, increased academic self-efficacy and research literacy.
Eligibility and Applications
Admission Requirements for the Honors Scholars Program
The Honors Scholars Program is open to any student who has completed at least 12 credits with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.4 or better.
Transfer students entering City Tech with 12 or more credit and a transfer grade-point average of 3.4 or higher are eligible to apply.
Eligible students may apply to the program. An electronic copy of the Honors Scholars Program Application (PDF) can be downloaded (see above, right). Please email the completed application to the Honors Scholars Program Coordinator.
Requirements for Continued Honors Scholars Program Membership
In order to remain a member of the Honors Scholars Program, students must
(1) maintain an honors GPA; (2) complete at least one honors project per academic year, design a game while participating in all game lab events, and/or volunteer* and (3) participate in at least one honors event a month during the fall and spring semesters (e.g., NSCS Networking, master class, workshop, field trip, community service). Students must also adhere to the college’s academic integrity policy.
*Join Dr. Amanda Almond, along with Danny Marino, the director of volunteers at Governors Island and a member of the horticulture team to assist in their gardening projects based around biodiversity and urban agriculture. For example, removing invasive species, learning about horticulture on the island and speaking to visitors as ambassadors. Students will volunteer their time and service for at least one weekend at Governors Island to facilitate this place-based learning project. A typical shift will be about 3 hours, plus travel, so serving 5 hours total. By creating a Better Impact account students will be able to coordinate as a group to carry out their specific service project on the island (and stay well-connected for future volunteer opportunities). This project will culminate with a panel presentation at our Student Academic Conference where students will share about the history of Governors Island, the role of the horticulture team, their first-hand experiences, and photos, as well as the connections/lessons that relate to their own discipline.