In 2012, the old Honors College Scholars Program was revived by an endowment from The Center for Life Enrichment in Highlands, North Carolina (CLE). CLE is an organization that manages a series of non-profit courses throughout Highlands and Cashiers for the benefit of non-degree seeking students who wish intellectual enrichment in a wide variety of disciplines, from art to zoology. Under the leadership of President Ed Mawyer, the CLE Board voted to extend its educational reach through the Honors College Scholars Program. Beginning with the first class in fall 2013, Center for Life Enrichment Honors College Scholars will be mentored for preparation for prestigious national or international scholarships (e.g., the Goldwater, Truman, or Rhodes) as well as top-ranked graduate schools. Graduates of this program receive the silver Honors College Medallion and special designation on The Honors College diploma.
The Center for Life Enrichment Honors College Scholar Program is extremely competitive and only offered to students in the top one percent of WCU’s incoming freshman class. Of that small group, offers to join the program come from the Dean after a screening interview. The interview is by invitation only. The Center for Life Enrichment Honors College Scholar Program is the most prestigious academic merit program at Western Carolina University.