A Full Ride to the Pride

A&M-Commerce’s Honors College Program offers a full scholarship


Members in the 9th cohort of the Honors College. Courtesy/facebook.com

Evangelina Morales, Staff Writer

Honors College is a full-ride scholarship to extraordinary students who have completed a significant piece of work.

“We accept 50 senior students that came directly from high school every year” Dr. Raymond Green, Professor of Psychology and Dean of Honors, said.

President Keith D. McFarland charged the Honors Director, Dr. Raymond Green with the job of establishing and expanding a learning community of Honors Scholars in January of 2007.

“The general requirements are students must be top 10 percent of the graduated class or 27 or higher of the ACT in the verbal part, but we focus on all of it together, in order to apply to be an Honors College,” Dr. Green explained.

“You need to write an essay and turn it with your transcript, letters of recommendation, and the Dean will interview you. They ask you questions about what you want to do in life, what is your major. They just want to know you more,” Christian Aleman, a sophomore member of the Honors College, said.

According to Tamuc.edu Honors College, the requirements of Honors College members are: students must live in Prairie Crossing, a minimum of 30 Honors hours must be completed before graduation, a student must maintain a GPA of 3.3 of higher, enrollment and completion of at least 15 hours a semester, and students must complete 96 hours of community service during their time at A&M-Commerce.

“A Honors College member feels a little more pressure but is kind of like something that you go into knowing about it.” Rachel Guffey, sophomore Honors College student, said. “It is actually not that difficult doing community service because the University has a lot opportunities in campus and different organizations offers community hours as well.”

“You can drop out your GPA until 2.7 and they put you in prevention, and if you can not recover your 3.3 GPA at least, you can lose your scholarship, and when you are not longer be a Honors College member, you can not be living in Prairie Crossing” Guffey added.

“There are really many benefits of being an Honors College such as housing, the scholarship, meal plans, and-the most important-the relationship that you have with others Honors College students and teachers.” Guffy said.

“I do not feel privileged. I feel blessed. I, personally, do not know where I would be without the scholarship, maybe in a community college back home in Waco or some other place where they offered me a scholarship in order to continue with educational goals,” Aleman said.