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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: $325.00

Number of credits: 9-11
Amount of Fee Waiver: $244.00

Number of credits: 6-8
Amount of Fee Waiver: $163.00

Number of credits: 3-5
Amount of Fee Waiver: $81.00

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 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 45th day of classes.

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).

Presidents' Honors Scholarship by Class Rank

New students who are recent (current year) graduates from an accredited Maricopa County high school may apply for the Presidents' Honors Scholarship. The 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. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must verify that they rank in the top twenty (20%) of their graduating class (Semesters 6, 7, or 8), and they must enroll as full-time students (minimum of 12 credit hours each semester, Pass/Fail credits excluded) in the academic year following high school graduation. Our application states:
Verify rank in the top 20 percent of his/her NCA-accredited Maricopa County high school class in the sixth, seventh, or eighth semester AND, at the time of application, have either tested into at least ENG 101 (with a minimum WritePlacer score of 5), MAT 120, and CRE 101, or have successfully completed, at an MCCCD college, the requisite course work for placement into at least ENG 101, MAT 120, and CRE 101.

Presidents' Honors Scholarship by Placement Test Scores

New students who are recent (current year) graduates from an accredited high school within Maricopa County with class rank below 20% or those students who graduate from non-accredited Maricopa programs such as charter or home schools or who have completed a GED program may apply. Proof of completion is required. The student’s final cumulative GPA in high school must be a 3.0 or greater. Our application states:

Students who complete secondary education programs or are home schooled in Maricopa County may qualify via placement test scores. To qualify, students must achieve a final cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater AND the following scores on the Maricopa Community College placement test:
  • English: WritePlacer score of 6 or higher,
  • Reading: Exemption from CRE101, AND
  • Math: Placement in MAT120 or higher
  • Have a final cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater
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;
  • 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 Honors Program-FOB104, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85256, Attention: Honors P rogram, FOB104 in a sealed envelope. Hand delivered transcripts cannot be accepted.

Honor Program Administration
- Authorized SCC Administrators only