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College Honors Program Scholarship

Are you a 3.5 grade point average or higher student who is interested in broadening their intellectual horizons, exploring issues of public concern and wanting to provide service to Yavapai College and the greater community?

If so, please apply for the College Honors Program scholarship!

Eligibility requirements

  • Be at least 17 years of age by the start of the fall semester,
  • Have at least two full semesters (24 credits) of work remaining before completion of an Associate degree (applicants may be asked to provide an advisor-signed academic plan)
  • be pursuing their first college degree, and
  • Have at least one of the following
  • High School Transcripts demonstrating a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or greater on a 4.0 scale (or a score of 650 or greater on a High School Equivalence Diploma), or
  • College Transcripts demonstrating 12 or more completed credits of degree or certificate seeking classes of a GPA of 3.5 or higher, or
  • An SAT score of 1100 or higher, or an ACT score of 24 or higher

Scholarship benefits:

  • An in-state tuition waiver for up to 30 credits per year
  • $300 Yavapai College Bookstore textbook scholarship per semester
  • Residence hall room (depending on space and funding)
  • Paid travel to educational destinations like Greece, Rome, New York, Washington DC, Hawaii, etc.

Apply for the College Honors Program Scholarship

College Honors Program Application

In addition to completing the application below, applicants must complete the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to have their application considered

NOTE: See the "Application Instructions" tab above for essay prompts and additional information about how to apply

Are you eligible for a tuition waiver as a dependent of a Yavapai College employee?

Are you currently a high school student?

Incoming freshman include YC credit information as well as high school GPA if you have taken any YC credits such as dual enrollment, JTED credit, etc.

Supporting Documentation:

All required documentation must be submitted by March 1st. No late or incomplete applications will be considered. Submit early to leave sufficient time to handle lost documentation or necessary clarifications.
Please note: All documents MUST be submitted in a Word (.docx) or PDF format (.pdf). No file exceeding 5MB can be uploaded.

Yavapai College Photo and Videotape Policy:

Yavapai College takes photos and videotapes of students throughout the year. These photographs often include students in classrooms, study areas, residence halls, athletic events, and so forth. Yavapai College reserves the right to use these photographs as part of its publicity and marketing efforts. Students who enroll at Yavapai College do so with the understanding that these photographs might include them and might be used in college publications for publicity.

Direct any application inquiries to the Financial Aid office at (928) 776-2152 before March 1st deadline to check on the status of the application and to ensure that your transcripts and letters of recommendation have arrived if you did not attach them. You will be notified of your acceptance to the program via email after April 1st.

How to Apply for the College Honors Program

Application Deadline: All required documentation must be submitted by March 1st. No late or incomplete applications will be considered. Submit early to leave sufficient time to handle lost documentation or necessary clarifications.

Steps to apply and details on supporting documentation:

All files to be uploaded must be in a .pdf format


Provide a cover letter addressed to the College Honors Program Advisory Board. This letter should:

  • provide information explaining your personal, academic and professional goals.
  • review your honors earned, noteworthy accomplishments, service activities, leadership roles, and unique talents
  • explain why you wish to be selected for the CHP, how you expect to benefit from the program, and how you intend to contribute to the program
  • include a statement that you have a minimum of 2 semesters of full-time course work remaining for completing an Associate Degree

Compose a formal essay based on one of the prompts below.

  • The essay submitted for admission to the program must be your original work and prepared without assistance in planning, writing, or editing.
  • It must be composed specifically for the purpose of supporting the Honors Program application. Essays previously submitted for any other purpose may not be reused for the CHP application.
  • Any outside sources or references must be properly document and cited according to one of the standards accepted in formal writing (MLA, APA, or Chicago Book of Style).
  • The essay should follow the usual principles for effective writing. It must be typed, double- spaced, and in 12pt. Times New Roman font.
  • The essay must be no less than 500 and no more than 1000 words in length
  • Write what you want to write and not simply what you think the committee wants to hear. We’re looking for authentic and interesting individuals that bring creativity and vibrancy to the program.

Please consider the following prompts and select one for your essay topic:

  • Option 1: You have been invited to speak at the White House.  Your audience is the American people.Write your speech describing how leadership skills can be used to benefit society.  
  • Option 2: Describe your favorite piece of art (literature, music, theatre, film, dance, etc) OR a current local, national or international event that has affected your education and its personal and academic significance.

Make sure to include the following statement at the end of your essay: I affirm that the attached essay is my original work. I have received no assistance in preparing it. If I have included information outside my own experience or outside the experience of literate adults, I have indicated my sources.

Submit two letters of recommendation. At least one of these letters must be from an academic source capable of addressing your scholastic abilities. The letters should be addressed to the CHP Advisory Board. Your recommenders must submit the letters to the Financial Aid Department no later than March 1st using one of the two methods below:

  • Email to
  • Or mail to Financial Aid Office,
    ATTN: College Honors Program
    Yavapai College
    1100 E. Sheldon St. Prescott, Arizona 86301

For questions, regarding the status of your application, please call the Financial Aid Office at 928-717-7134 before the March 1st deadline. Notification regarding the selection process will happen after April 1st.