Presidents' Honors Scholarship

Presidents' Honors Scholarships are for incoming, first-year college students who meet any of the pathways criterion below to receive the scholarship:

The Presidents' Honors Scholarship covers in-state/in-country tuition up to 15 credit hours (plus $15 registration fee) per semester, but does not apply to summer sessions. To be eligible, students must enroll at the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) campus of their choice in the academic year (two academic semesters) following high school graduation or equivalency without having attending another accredited college or university before enrolling in an MCCCD campus (co-enrollment, dual enrollment, and summer session excluded).

Eligibility Requirements (Spring 2019 only)

Students submitting a Presidents' Honors Scholarship application must be able to show legal presence in the United States and fall under one of the following four (4) pathways to be eligible for the scholarship. In addition, students must be residents of Maricopa County. Students must apply to the program within one academic year (two academic semesters) of graduation from high school, completion of their GED, or receipt of the Grand Canyon Diploma.

The following test scores are required for admittance to the program for any of the pathways listed below:

At least ENG 101--with a minimum WritePlace score of 5 or higher; At least MAT120--with a score of 74 or higher; At least Reading--with a score of 74 or higher
Or the requisite coursework to be prepared for placement in ENG101, MAT120, or CRE101
Or successful completion of ENG101, MAT120, or CRE101


1. Completion of a secondary education program in Maricopa County (including NCA-accredited, charter, private, religious high schools) with a final cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA and placement scores as noted above, OR

2. Home-schooled student, with verification from parents, have a final cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA, and placement test scores as noted above, OR

3. General Education Development (GED) certificate completed within one academic year and placement test scores as noted above, OR

4. Grand Canyon Diploma recipient completed within one academic year of application and placement test scores as noted above.

Presidents' Honors Scholarship Application:

NOTE: The Presidents' Honors Scholarship does not cover expenses for pass/fail courses (exception: Required degree-specific pass/fail courses are within scholarship guidelines)


Presidents' Honors Scholars in good standing after completing at least one (1) semester of coursework, may apply for the deferment for the purpose of taking part in activities that would interrupt required continuous enrollment, for example, faith-based mission or medical or accident situations.

  • Deferment may be granted for a maximum of two (2) years; exceptions to this on a case-by-case basis
  • Expected to enroll in Honors-only cohort classes for the first two (2) semesters of the scholarship (1st year)

Presidents' Scholarship Requirements

Presidents' scholars must meet and maintain the following requirements for the program:

  • Attend all Honors orientations and meetings
  • MCCCD cumulative GPA of 3.25 each semester in the program
  • Enroll in minimum of 12 credits (100 level or higher, letter grade) for four (4) semesters
  • Attend two (2) co-curriculars (one before week 8 and one after week 8), complete the required reflection for each event, and submit the reflections by the due date
  • Complete one (1) Honors Project each semester in the program (in either a cohort, section or as an individual Honors project) for a total of four (4) projects
  • Ensure that three (3) of the four required Honors Projects are in different prefixes: (see examples below)

Example 1: A student completes Honors Projects in English 101 (ENG), Math 142 (MAT), History 103 (HIS) and Sociology 130 (SOC). The student has four (4) different prefixes: ENG, MAT, HIS, and SOC and has met the requirement.
Example 2: A student loves her literature and English classes and completes Honors Projects in English 101 (ENG), English 102 (ENG), English Humanities: Banned Books & Censorship (ENH), and English Humanities: Mythology. The student has only two (2) different prefixes: ENG and ENH and would need another class with a different prefix to meet the requirement.