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Honors College Scholars

Honors students at Graduation


Western Carolina University offers 8-10 scholarships each year to top-performing entering freshmen. These Honors College Scholars receive a significant scholarship which can be applied to the full cost of attendance.

WCU considers its top accepted freshmen applicants – those with the highest academic performance (weighted and un-weighted GPA) and highest test scores (ACT and SAT considered) – for this highly competitive program. Students must be invited to interview to compete for the award. 

In addition to scholarship support, Honors College Scholars are invited to network with accomplished professionals who are members of the Center for Life Enrichment (Highlands, NC) and are mentored at WCU for the purpose of preparing them for application to high-profile national and international post-graduate scholarship programs such as The Rhodes Scholarship, Fulbright Grants, James Madison Fellowships and much more. Honors College Scholars have distinct requirements for maintaining and renewing their scholarships and status as Honors Scholars.

Honors College Scholar graduates receive the distinguished silver CLE-Honors Scholar Honors College Medallion and special designation on the Honors College diploma.

The Center for Life Enrichment Endowment

The Honors College Scholars program is supported in part by an endowment from The Center for Life Enrichment (CLE) in Highlands, NC. The CLE is a non-profit organization offering continuing education to community members in Highlands and the surrounding areas. It is aligned with both Western Carolina University and Emory University.

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