Honors Scholars


The honors program at CCCC allows high-performing Associate in Arts University Transfer (A.A.), Associate in Science University Transfer (A.S.) and Associate in Engineering University Transfer (A.E.) students to challenge themselves intellectually by completing several research projects during their course of study at CCCC. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to apply to a university and continue their honors studies.


The Honors Scholars program at CCCC allows very high-performing students to challenge themselves academically. Students accepted into the program will choose four 16 week courses (no more than 2 per semester) over their academic career in which they will conduct an honors project under the guidance of the instructor for the course. These courses should be chosen with the guidance of the Honors Scholars director and should represent a variety of study areas. Each course must be completed with an overall grade of B or higher and requires the successful completion of the research project. Students will also be required to present the research from at least one course at either a local, regional or national level. Upon completion of the honors program with a 3.5 cumulative GPA (as well as the A.A, A.S. or A.E. requirements), students will receive recognition on their transcript as well as at graduation. They will be eligible to transfer to selected universities directly into an honors program.


Students who wish to apply to the honors program at CCCC should be current high school students who will enroll in CCCC as a full time student in the following semester in the A.A., A.S, or A.E. programs or current CCCC students (in the A.A., A.S. or A.E. programs) may also apply.

  1. Students who wish to enter the Honors Program after their first semester at CCCC should have a cumulative college GPA of 3.5 or higher with successful completion of 12 or more college credit hours.
  2. High school students entering CCCC must have an unweighted GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale, a class rank in the top 10% and an SAT score of 1875 or higher or an ACT score of 30 or higher.
  3. Early College or Career and College Pathways students with more than 12 college credits would be required to meet criteria 1 while Early College and Career and College Pathways students with fewer than 12 college credits would need to meet criteria 2.
  4. Students must complete an essay (500 words or less) stating why they want to participate in the honors program and how it will help them in their chosen career path.


If you are interested in the Honors Scholars program and want to apply please complete the program application along with the essay. It must be completed at least 2 weeks prior to the start of a semester in which you wish to complete an honors course.

For more information, please contact Dr. Rodney Powell, Honors Program Coordinator at rpowe757@cccc.edu or (919) 718-7462

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