San Juan College Honors Program


The mission of the San Juan College Honors Program is:

  • To promote critical thinking and higher level learning among students who are seeking those challenges
  • To provide learning opportunities in cross-disciplinary and innovative, creative environments beyond the traditional curriculum
  • To better prepare students for their careers, for scholarship opportunities, and for transfer to four-year institutions

Honors courses are offered each semester and are available to all students. Honors sections of core courses may be substituted for regular sections. Honors special topics courses will fulfill elective credits toward graduation.

The Honors Program sponsors students to attend academic conferences and to participate in field trips. Additionally, there are Service Learning opportunities for Honors students as well as enriched classroom study through primary and independent research and seminars.

Graduation Honors

Students who complete a minimum of 12 hours of Honors courses with no grade less than a 3.0 or lower than a "B" in an Honors course, and a cumulative grade point average of no less than a 3.25 and an overall grade point average of no less than a 3.25, will graduate as a San Juan College Distinguished Scholar.

Distinguished Scholars receive special recognition at graduation, and their status as an Honors graduate is permanently recorded on their transcript. 

These students will receive a personally engraved graduation medal, be recognized at Graduation and have their status as a Distinguished Scholar recorded on their permanent transcript.

Merrion Distinguished Scholar Awards for 2018-2019

In addition to Graduation Honors, each year at the Honors Forum and Reception student will be recognized in the following categories.

Merrion Scholar of the Year: One outstanding student will be recognized based on a ranking of: 1) the number of Honors hours completed 2) Honors GPA, and 3) Overall GPA.

This student will have their name permanently engraved on the Merrion Scholar of the Year Plaque in the Learning Commons Lounge, receive a check for $500, and a personalized engraved plaque.

Merrion Master Scholar: Students who complete a minimum of 18 hours of Honors Courses with no grade lower than a “B” with a minimum and overall Grade Point Average of at least a 3.60 in those courses.

These students will receive a Merrion Master Scholar Certificate, have their name permanently engraved on the Merrion Master Scholar Plaque in the Learning Commons Lounge, and receive a check for $300.

Merrion Distinguished Graduate: Students who complete a minimum of 12 hours of Honors Courses with no grade lower than a “B” with a minimum and overall Grade Point Average of 3.25 (in those courses) and an overall GPA of at least a 3.25.

These students will receive a Merrion Distinguished Graduate Certificate and receive a check for $200.

Honor Courses

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Honors Sections of Core Courses

Honors sections of core courses are open to all students and may be substituted for regular sections. Students should expect a higher level of class participation and greater responsibility for directing learning activities.

San Juan College offers Honors Courses in two basic formats:

  • Embedded Honors Courses: core courses regularly offered with both honors and non-honors students enrolled. Honors students conduct more in-depth investigations of topics and are held to higher academic standards than non-honors students.
  • Special Honors Topics Courses: offered periodically. These classes provide opportunities to study a variety of topics, often in an interdisciplinary and/or seminar environment.

Honors courses are offered each semester and are available to all students. Honors sections of core courses may be substituted for regular sections. Honors special topics courses will fulfill elective credits toward graduation.

San Juan College Honors Transfer Options

Fort Lewis College Weber State University
New Mexico Highlands University BYU Idaho
New Mexico State University Lee University
South Eastern Louisiana University University of South Florida
University of New Mexico Arizona State University
Wake Forest University Southwestern University
University of Southern Mississippi University of Hawaii
University of Colorado Texas A&M University
New Mexico Tech South Dakota School of Mines
Colorado Christian University Aspen College
Eastern New Mexico University Purdue University
University of Arizona San Diego State University
University of Missouri University of Tampa
Brigham Young University Utah State University
Grand Canyon University  

The University of New Mexico Honors Scholarship

University of New Mexico

The University of New Mexico awards up to five (5) one thousand dollar ($1000) scholarships to graduates of the San Juan College Honors Program each year. The scholarships may be used by students who attend the main UNM campus in Albuquerque or the UNM San Juan Center. These scholarships are competitive – they are awarded based on the student’s academic standing at SJC and in the Honors Program. (Applications for the scholarships are sent out to prospective SJC graduates with their invitations to the 2016 Honors Reception.) For more information about UNM please visit admissions.unm.edu. For specific questions regarding UNM, please email Mario Vega at unmlobos@unm.edu.

TO APPLY FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP, PLEASE FILL OUT THE ENCLOSED FORM.

New Mexico Highlands University Honors Scholarship

New Mexico Highlands University

 

San Juan College Honors Graduates who transfer to New Mexico Highlands University will receive preference for one of the following three scholarships:

  • Dean’s Transfer Scholarship for $1,000 ($500 per semester) -- Eligibility: 3.0 – 3.49 cumulative GPA per college transcript;
  • Legislative Endowment Scholarship for $1,000 ($500 per semester) -- Eligibility: NM resident with 3.0 cumulative GPA per college transcript;
  • Presidential Transfer Scholarship for $1,500 ($750 per semester) --Eligibility: 3.5 or better cumulative GPA per college transcript.

Each of these scholarships are renewable for up to an additional 6 semesters based on credits transferred and are subject to completion of 15 credits and a 3.0 GPA per semester at NMHU. Recipients may transfer to the main NMHU campus in Las Vegas or Highlands University Farmington Center. The NMHU application fee will be waived for SJC Honors Graduates. For more information about NMHU please go to University Programs at SJC. For specific questions regarding NMHU, Please contact New Mexico Highlands University Farmington Center :505-566-3552

Honors Service Learning

Honors Service Learning Classes are classes in which the Honors module encompasses service learning. Students can graduate with a distinct Honors Service Learning Designation with 4 Honors Service Learning Courses; otherwise, the Honors Service Learning Courses count toward regular Honors credits.

There are countless advantages to partaking in Honors Service Learning courses. As part of the Honors program, students can acquire scholarships and a graduation designation. San Juan College has an outstanding, established Service Learning program. By doing the service learning, students can assist their community, get applied experience utilizing what they learned, and build their resume, all of which makes them more desirable to future employers and higher education institutions.

Research also shows that students who do service learning often are more involved in and excited about class work. Students in the Honors program push themselves to higher academic goals. Students interested in partaking in the Honors Service Learning Program will need to enroll in courses characterized HSLC. Look for courses with this label or ask your instructor. Honors Service Learning courses are taught in a wide and extensive variety of subjects.

Service Learning Registration Form and Packets

Faculty who are looking for resources to incorporate service learning into their courses should visit the National Service Learning Clearinghouse.

Experienced service learning instructors are available to assist faculty with fabricating efficient Honors Service Learning requirements. For further questions and requests for information, whether from students, faculty or community organizations, contact Danielle Sullivan at sullivand@sanjuancollege.edu (505-566-3641) and/or Terry Swan at swant@sanjuancollege.edu (505-566-3546).

Western New Mexico University Transfer Scholarship

Western New Mexico University

 

• Honors students are eligible for our Outstanding Academic Transfer Scholarship, worth $600 per academic year.
• We would like to offer a $1000 Housing Scholarship (per semester) to your top five students who transfer to WNMU.

New Mexico State University Scholarship

New Mexico State University

Honors Graduates from San Juan College who transfer to New Mexico State University with 30 - 90 transferable credits receive preference in the awarding of our competitive transfer scholarships. NMSU offers four major transfer scholarships. These include:

  • Hadley Honors Transfer Scholarship: $3,000 per year for students with a 3.75 - 4.0 cumulative GPA
  • 1888 Leadership Transfer Scholarship: $2,500 per year for students with a 3.50 - 3.74 cumulative GPA
  • ‘A’ Mountain Merit Transfer Scholarship: $2,000 per year for students with a 3.25 - 3.49 cumulative GPA
  • Pete’s Opportunity Transfer Scholarship: $1,500 per year for students with a 3.00 - 3.24 cumulative GPA


In addition to our major scholarships, there is a scholarship specifically dedicated for Phi Theta Kappa members. The PTK scholarship is $500 per year for certified PTK members with a GPA of 3.5 or above. Eligible PTK members are able to receive the PTK scholarship in addition to a major scholarship they may receive. All scholarships are renewable for an additional year, and students are required to take and complete 15 credits per semester and meet the renewal GPA requirement. For more information about New Mexico State University, please visit our website or email us at transfer@nmsu.edu.

Fort Lewis College

Fort Lewis College

The FLC experience is special because of the remarkably close relationships between our students and faculty. Small classes instructed by caring and attentive instructors give you individualized education, and our faculty believe in keeping their office doors open to tailor their assistance to each learner's needs. They give you the support you need to succeed while in school, and the skills you'll need to thrive after graduation.

We at Fort Lewis College are proud of your journey and would like to help recognize your endeavors by offering you a special scholarship opportunity available to only San Juan College honors graduates. Specifically, we will guarantee a New Mexico Reciprocal Scholarship to any SJC Honors graduate with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above (as calculated by Fort Lewis College). This is valued at approximately $10,000 per year and results in you paying in-state tuition rates to attend Fort Lewis College. We value you as a San Juan College Honors student and have confidence in your ability to be successful at Fort Lewis College. You may learn more about the New Mexico Reciprocal Scholarship here.

Another great opportunity that you may not know about is our Native American Tuition Waiver. Twenty-four percent of our student body identifies as Native American with many of those students coming from Southwest. We are one of only two colleges nationwide that offer this benefit. Qualified students receive a tuition waiver valued at approximately $16,000 per year. Students may not be awarded both the New Mexico Reciprocal Award and the Native American Tuition Waiver. You may learn more about the Native American Tuition Waiver here.

To voice an interest in applying to Fort Lewis College’s special scholarship programs for San Juan College Honors students, please contact Dr. Bramhall at bramhalld@sanjuancollege.edu. To learn more about transferring to Fort Lewis College, please contact Katie Nester at nester_k@fortlewis.edu.

Cottey College

  

Cottey College

Cottey College, in Nevada, Missouri, will offer San Juan College Honors students academic scholarships based off their transfer GPA. Basic Scholars, with a 3.2 GPA or higher, are eligible for our Transfer 2 scholarship, at $7,500 annually. Master Scholars, with a 3.6 GPA or higher, are eligible for our Transfer 1 scholarship, at $10,000 annually. In addition to this, students transferring from San Juan College’s Honors Program will receive an additional $1,000 scholarship a year. Cottey College is dedicated to providing world-class educational opportunities to women across the world. Please find more information about Cottey College online: www.cottey.edu. For questions, email Stephanie in Enrollment at sgrgurich@cottey.edu.

Please note that Cottey is the college of the P.E. O., the Philanthropic Educational Organization, which has three local chapters in San Juan County which are working on developing additional scholarships opportunities for SJC Honors graduates.