Honors

Presidents' Scholarship FAQs

The Honors Program at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) is an opportunity for academically motivated students to participate in challenging and rewarding educational experiences.

Complete the application located at /academics/honors/presidents-scholarship.  Many high school counselors have applications - please check with your school counselor.

When applying, you must provide a copy of your unofficial high school transcripts and request that your official transcripts be mailed to the EMCC Admissions and Registration Office. 

There is no application fee or and no interview when applying to the Honors Program!

No; there is no book stipend built into the scholarship. The value of the Presidents' Scholarship is the in-county tuition for 15 credits plus the $15 registration fee.

If a student's total fees are less than the scholarship, the balance is cashed out to the student and may be used for books.

When a semester begins and all requirements are met and official transcripts have been received, then the money is disbursed by our Financial Aid office.  This is typically done before the start of the next semester - or anytime during the semester as long as all requirements are met.

However, if you have a remaining balance for fees, the Honors Program money will be applied toward that balance when it is authorized.

If you have no balance, funds can be disbursed via direct deposit (which must be set up by the student).  Otherwise, a check will be sent to the mailing address listed in MyMaricopa Student Center.  

No; however, after a Presidents' Scholar completes their fourth semester in good standing - they may apply for the Honors Achievement Award Scholarship as long as all eligibility requirements are satisfied.

Presidents' Scholars, who are in good standing after completion of at least one semester of coursework at a Maricopa Community College, may apply for the deferment of their Presidents' Scholarship for the purpose of taking part in activities that would interrupt their required continuous enrollment at the Maricopa Community Colleges.  Examples would be faith-based missions or medical or accident situations.

A deferment may be granted for a maximum of two years. Exceptions to this will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Yes.  You must fill out the Honors Achievement Award application and submit it to the Honors office.  Students scoring a 7 or 8 on their WritePlacer placement test are automatically eligible for Honors English.  The Honors Achievement Award Scholarship application must be filled out and submitted to the Honors office in order to be coded for the Honors English class.

Students are expected to enroll in an Honors-Only Cohort class for the first two semesters of the scholarship.

No. Unlike high school, college courses (including Honors courses) are not weighted.