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Honors Scholarships

Honors Achievement Award
- For enrolled SCC Students

Please note: State law now requires that a person who is not a citizen or legal resident of the United States or who is without lawful immigration status is not entitled to classification as an in-state student pursuant to A.R.S. Section 15-1802 or entitled to classification as a county resident pursuant to A.R.S. Section 15-1802.01.

According to state law, a person who is not a citizen of the United States, who is without lawful immigration status, and who is enrolled at any community college under the jurisdiction of an Arizona community college district is not entitled to tuition waivers, grants, scholarship assistance, financial aid, tuition assistance or any other type of financial assistance that is subsidized or paid in whole or in part with state monies.

Continuing and transfer students who have accumulated a minimum of 12 credits in courses numbered 100 or above (Pass/Fail credits excluded) in MCCCD courses and who have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 may apply for the Honors Achievement Award Program. New Achievement scholars are required to submit an application to the Honors Program Office Coordinator prior to the start of classes via the online link above. Students who are accepted will receive partial tuition fee waivers (refunds) based on the number of credits for which they are enrolled (see the following breakdown), summer sessions excluded:

Number of credits: 12 or more
Amount of Fee Waiver: $500.00

Number of credits: 9-11
Amount of Fee Waiver: $325.00

Number of credits: 6-8
Amount of Fee Waiver: $244.00

Students who are accepted into the Honors Achievement Scholar program must meet the following requirements:

  • Enroll in and complete the number of credits (Pass/Fail credits excluded) for which a partial fee waiver has been awarded;
  • Enroll in and complete the Honors Option course as required by the program each semester;
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, including earning a C or better in the honors course each semester;
  • Attend and report on one co-curricular event per semester;  
  • Attend a mandatory Honors Orientation.
How scholarships are disbursed:

Honors Achievement scholars must pay all of their fees by the date on the billing statement. A refund will be placed on the student's account after the contract has been completed or at the end of the semester.

NOTE: Failure to comply with the above requirements will result in cancellation of the partial fee waiver.

Presidents' Honors Scholarship Application
- For Recent High School Graduates

Presidents' Scholar Program

Please note: State law now requires that a person who is not a citizen or legal resident of the United States or who is without lawful immigration status is not entitled to classification as an in-state student pursuant to A.R.S. Section 15-1802 or entitled to classification as a county resident pursuant to A.R.S. Section 15-1802.01.

According to state law, a person who is not a citizen of the United States, who is without lawful immigration status, and who is enrolled at any community college under the jurisdiction of an Arizona community college district is not entitled to tuition waivers, grants, scholarship assistance, financial aid, tuition assistance or any other type of financial assistance that is subsidized or paid in whole or in part with state monies.

For those who qualify, the Presidents' Honors Scholarship pays full-time tuition (a dollar amount equal to 15 credit hours in-county) and registration fee (award amount varies with cost of tuition) for up to 4 consecutive fall and spring semesters of MCCD course work. Students must enroll as full-time students (minimum of 12 credit hours each semester, Pass/Fail credits excluded).

The Presidents' Honors Scholarship covers in-state/in-county tuition up to 15 credit hours (plus the $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 attended another accredited college or university before enrolling in a MCCCD campus (co-enrollment, dual enrollment, and summer session excluded).

Eligibility Requirements: Students submitting the Presidents' Honors Scholarship application must be able to sow legal presence in the United States and fall under one of the following four pathways to be eligible for the scholarship. In addition, students must also be a resident 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 WritePlacer score of 5 or higher -- at least MAT 120, and a Reading score of 74 or higher,
  • Or the requisite coursework to be prepared for placement in ENG 101, MAT 120, or CRE 101,
  • Or successful completion of ENG 101 MAT 120, or CRE 101.
  1. Completion of a secondary education program in Maricopa Count (including NCA-accredited, charter, private, religious high schools), with a final cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA and placement scores as noted above. OR
  2. Homeschooled student, with verification from parents, have a final cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA, and placement test scores as noted above. OR
  3. General Educational 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.
To retain the Presidents' Honors Scholarship, students must:
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, including all dual enrollment courses taken prior to high school graduation and a C or better in the Honors course taken each semester;
  • Enroll in and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours 100 level or higher (Pass/Fail credits excluded) each fall and spring semester;
  • Enroll in and complete Honors courses as required by the program each semester;
  • Must attend and report on 2 co-curricular events per semester;
  • Maintain continuous enrollment for four semesters (summer sessions excluded).
How the scholarship is disbursed

Presidents' Scholars will have their fee due date on their billing statement deferred until the 45th day of class. After that time, the scholarship amount will be applied to the student's account. Students must pay any fees over the scholarship amount by the date on the billing statement.

  • An official transcript (post - graduation) must be sent by your high school to SCC Admissions & Records-SS 136, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85256, Attention: Admissions & Records, SS 136 in a sealed envelope. Hand delivered transcripts cannot be accepted.

Honor Program Administration
- Authorized SCC Administrators only