Below are some of the frequently asked questions we get about the Presidential Honors Program. Feel free to E-Mail us if you have any additional questions at

What is required to graduate with the Presidential Honors Scholar distinction on my Calhoun diploma and transcript?
  • Successfully complete honors orientation
  • Complete the requirements for a degree at Calhoun as presented in the current catalog
  • Successfully complete at least 15 credit hours of honors courses
  • Successfully complete the honors leadership course
  • Earn required number of enrichment points as presented in honors orientation materials. Examples: volunteering opportunities, leadership development opportunities, travel, workshops, and seminars.
  • Successfully complete and present a capstone project
What scholarships are available to students accepted into the Presidential Honors Program?

There are competitive scholarship offers each academic year. Both full and partial scholarships may be awarded. Students who meet the minimum qualifications and complete all components of the application process are eligible for consideration. Students may begin the application process via the Calhoun Scholarship application. While completing the general scholarship application, students must designate their interest in the Presidential Honors program, then complete all relevant additional fields associated with application to the honors program.

Although these scholarships are not based on financial need, college policy dictates that a completed FASFA must be on file for all scholarship applicants. Applicants who have not completed a FASFA or have not designated Calhoun as a recipient of FASFA information are removed from consideration.

What must I do to remain in good standing with the program?
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Enroll in honors courses consistent with program expectations leading to successful completion of the program.
  • Behave in an honorable, ethical fashion and avoid all misconduct as set forth in the Calhoun Student Handbook
  • Meet with assigned honors program coordinator at least twice in the fall and twice in the spring semesters to provide evidence of progress towards meeting expectations for successful completion of the honors program.
Must I receive a Presidential Honors Program Scholarship to participate in the Presidential Honors Program?

No, students who meet the qualifications and are able to pay their tuition through other means (private scholarship, financial aid, personal finances) may be accepted into the program if chosen by the Presidential Honors Program Selection Committee.

Are honors courses weighted differently from regular classes?

No, honors courses earn the same weight/credit as regular classes. However, honors courses appear on the transcript with the honors designation (H) next to the course name. Many transfer institutions recognize this designation as a sign of a student’s willingness to complete more rigorous coursework and may offer students who complete these courses additional opportunities and scholarships.

How do honors courses prepare students for transferring to a university?

Honors classes are typically designed as seminar-style classes, incorporating student questions, debate, and in-depth discussion of course material. Students are encouraged to engage deeply with the material and work closely with faculty and peers on assignments and projects throughout the program.

Is there a specific academic advisor I should talk with the help me plan my course of study?

Yes, students will have a dedicated Honors advisor soon after being accepted into the program. These advisors will work with the students to develop a plan to help them complete their education goals in a timely, efficient manner. Students accepted into the program will receive preferential registration status.

Should I complete a Calhoun degree before transferring to a four-year institution?

Yes! National research shows that students who finish their community college degree before transferring to a four-year institution go on to complete a baccalaureate degree at a much higher rate than students who transfer without a degree.

What other organizations can I be involved with at Calhoun?

Phi Theta Kappa is an international two-year institution Honor Society that encourages Presidential Honors Program students to become involved early. The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. Our chapter at Calhoun provides these opportunities both on campus and in our communities through our two major projects each year.

Additionally, our members qualify for over $37 million in transfer scholarships and our chapter officers are eligible to apply for leader scholarships while attending our college. For more information, visit or email

Sigma Kappa Delta: Theta Beta, Calhoun’s Sigma Kappa Delta (SKD) chapter, gives students an opportunity to create lifelong bonds and professional networks with college faculty and staff members. SKD members participate in community projects, such as literacy programs with local elementary schools, and regularly attend plays, writers’ conferences, movies, and museum tours. Calhoun’s thriving chapter includes many national scholarship, writing, and photography award winners. Students should contact chapter sponsor Ms. Julie Sneed ( or Dr. Leighann Rhea ( for more information.

There are many other organizations and clubs you can be involved with on campus. A complete list of these can be found on the Student Life page.