Academics

HCC Honors Program

Fostering Intellectual Curiosity and Individual Growth

What is an Honors Program? 

Honors Programs recruit motivated students who want to get the most out of their college education by taking challenging courses and by working with faculty mentors on creative, individualized projects.

The Honors Program at Henderson Community College
provides students the opportunity to develop their intellectual curiosity and encourages them to establish ambitious learning and career goals. Through special honors courses, honors sections of general education courses, and activities outside the classroom, students in the Honors Program can enhance their educational experience.

Henderson Community College is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council. 

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What are the benefits of joining the HCC Honors Program?

  • Students admitted to the Honors Program will receive
  • $600 scholarship each semester for up to four semesters
  • Honors recognition at graduation
  • Honors designation on transcripts
  • Opportunity to work closely with faculty inside and outside the classroom
  • Opportunity for in-depth and interdisciplinary study of subjects
  • Assisted transfer into Honors programs at select four-year institutions


What are the admission requirements for the HCC Honors Program?

Admission into the Honors Program at Henderson Community College is selective, not guaranteed. Students who are interested in becoming part of the program must meet the following criteria and complete the application materials.

First-time freshman students must

  • Have an ACT composite score of 24 or higher and place into college-level classes
  • Have a high school GPA of 3.4 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)

Current HCC students must

  • Have a 3.5 GPA
  • Have accumulated at least 12 college credit hours

Transfer students must

  • Have a 3.5 GPA
  • Have accumulated at least 12 college credit hours

Students with questions about their eligibility should speak with the Director of the Honors Program for further information.

What are the requirements for students in the HCC Honors Program?

Students admitted to the Honors Program must 

  • Enroll in 15 credit hours each semester
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Enroll in HNR101 and FYE 105-HON during the first semester in the program
  • Complete 15 hours of service each semester at HCC
  • Take an additional 12 credit hours of Honors classes, 3 credit hours from each of four General Education areas, over the course of four semesters

How do I apply for the program?

Interested students should first complete the HCC application and then complete and submit the electronic Honors Program application using the links in the checklist below. Current ACT scores and transcripts are required.

Students are also required to provide a letter of recommendation. First-time freshmen may choose anyone as a reference; current HCC students must provide a letter from an HCC faculty member; transfer students must provide a letter from a former college instructor.

Eligible students will be invited to an interview with members of the Honors Program Committee.

           Application Checklist:

  1. Complete the application for Henderson Community College
  2. Submit your current ACT scores to the college

  3. Submit your high school transcripts

  4. Submit the electronic application for the Honors Program.

  5. Provide a reference. Download the reference file and either send it electronically to the person you have chosen as a reference or print out the form for your reference. That person should have knowledge of your academic and personal character and be able to provide information on three of these qualities: your intellectual curiosity, creativity, task commitment, leadership potential, and desire to serve the community. 

Review of applications is ongoing.

How can I get more information?

Please contact:
Professor Sharon Burton
Honors Program Director
Henderson Community College
2660 S. Green St.
Henderson, KY 42420 
270-831-9646
270-831-9640