- Field Experiences: Complement courses without specified field experiences or develop a more in-depth project for disciplinary-based field experiences.
- Independent Study: Undertake detailed study and/or research into a unique topic or issue stemming from an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary approach.
- Place as Text: Travel to sites and explore the concepts of “extending text” and mapping the site from a variety of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.
- Service Learning: Apply concepts, theories and methods to issues affecting local communities.
The Western Presidential Honors Scholarship
The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation, are elite scholarships awarded to Western’s highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.
Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.
In addition, all continuing Honors students may apply for Presidential Honors Scholarships. The following information provides due dates, criteria, and how to prepare your application.
Eligible candidates should have a high school, transfer, or Western Colorado University grade point average of, at minimum, 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Candidates must also demonstrate leadership qualities or experience and a commitment to intellectual inquiry and academic challenge.
Incoming candidates should submit the following:
- A cover letter explaining why you want to be a part of Western's Honors Program and what you think the value is in being a part of the Honors Program;
- Two sealed letters of recommendation from teachers, guidance counselors, professors or academic advisors which address the student’s accomplishments and suitability for a college Honors Program;
- A copy of your most recent educational transcript;
- A resume of your qualifications, accomplishments, service, extra-curricular activities;
- Any other documentation that would be helpful in evaluating you as a candidate for this Scholarship.
Applications are DUE POSTMARKED BY DEC. 7th of the year of application and should be submitted to:Western Colorado University Honors Program
Dr. Kelsey L. Bennett, Honors Director
The Presidential Honors Scholarship Program
Taylor Hall 110A
Western Colorado University
Gunnison CO 81231
Continuing Applicants (current Western Honors students):
Note that continuing Honors students do not need to have been awarded a previous Presidential Honors Scholarship to apply.
Continuing candidates should compile and submit the following in one packet, hard copy:
- A copy of the student's most current Western transcript (minimum 3.5 GPA required);
- A letter addressed to the Western Colorado University Foundation Scholarship Program Committee containing the following:
a) the student's plan for completing the Honors Program;
b) evidence of Honors leadership abilities through planning and participating in Honors extracurricular activities;
- One sealed letter of recommendation from a professor or academic advisor which addresses the student's accomplishments and suitability for a Presidential Honors Scholarship.
Applications for continuing Honors students are DUE BY MARCH 12 of the year of application and should be submitted in hard copy to the Honors Program Director, Taylor Hall 110A. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that the hard-copy application has been received.
The Western Colorado University Foundation Scholarship Program Committee will make selections within a few weeks of the closing deadline. Notification of award recipients will follow shortly thereafter.
Faculty & Staff
Honors Program Director
Office Location: Taylor Hall Honors Center 110A
Associate Professor of Politics & Government
Office Location: Kelley Hall 205
Professor of Art
Office Location: Quigley Hall 234
Professor of Geology
Office Location: Hurst Hall 224
Honors is not about "more work, and harder," but rather about pursuing an enriched, enhanced and deeper undergraduate liberal arts education. Honors students join a diverse and discussion-rich community of intellectually adventurous scholars.
The Honors Program welcomes high-achieving students from all majors and disciplines. The Honors Core features seven credits across four courses: Gateway, Forum, Introduction to the Great Conversation and Oxford Tutorial. Students take two Honors sections of General Education courses, the offerings for which vary semester by semester. Honors Electives offer the most autonomy by giving students the option to pursue any combination of field experiences, service-learning projects, independent research and study abroad courses.
Core: What is Art For?
Core: Introduction to the Great Conversation
GE: Literary Culture of the American West
GE: The Anthropology of Food
Elective: Behavioral Finance and the Philosophy of Money
Elective: Fractal Design
Study Abroad Elective: City as Text—Prague
Honors graduates are attractive to graduate schools and employers because not only are they high achieving, global thinkers, but they also write well, communicate and lead groups well, and have the intellectual agility and creative problem-solving skills to think through issues from many points of view.
- Access to distinctive, innovative and discussion-based courses
- Access to Honors Lounge
- Community social events
- Database access to thousands of internship, research and conference opportunities
- Diverse peer group
- Graduate with Honors distinction
- Honors advising
- Honors-specific scholarships
- Leadership opportunities with the Honors Student Advisory Board
- Priority Honors housing
- Priority registration
- Vote for future course offerings
- 3.5 GPA for admission
- 1190 SAT/25 ACT
- 3.0 GPA to stay in program
- 3.3 GPA to graduate with Honors
Reach out to Kelsey Bennett, Ph.D. for more information.