Presidents' Honors Scholarship

Honors Application
Presidents' Honors Scholarship Application


The Presidents’ Honors Scholarship covers in-state/in-county tuition up to 15 credit hours (plus the $15 registration fee) for four consecutive semesters (must meet eligibility at the conclusion of each semester), excluding summer sessions.  The award does not cover additional class fees, books, private instruction, or music lessons. By applying for the Presidents' Honors Scholarship, the student also applies for the Honors Program.


  • Have a legal presence in the United States.

  • Enroll at Paradise Valley Community College within the academic year (two academic semesters) following high school graduation without having attended another accredited college or university.

There are four pathways to receive the scholarship:

1. Class Rank

  • Graduate in the top 20 percent of an NCA-accredited Maricopa County high school class in the sixth, seventh, or eighth semester

  • AND at the time of application, have either recorded the minimum scored as stated below:

Class Rank Testing Requirements

English, Writing *To be eligible for Honors English you must score a 7+

5+* Write Placer


74+ Accuplacer

Math, Elementary Algebra

70+ Accuplacer

Math, College Algebra

32+ Accuplacer

  • OR have successfully completed, at an MCCCD college, the requisite coursework to be prepared for placement into ENG 101, MAT 120, and CRE 101

2. Placement Test Scores

  • Completion of a secondary education program in a Maricopa County high school with a final cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher

  • AND the following scores on the Maricopa Community College placement tests as listed below:

3. Home Schooled Students

  • Maricopa County home schooled students with verification from parents

  • AND the following scores on the Maricopa Community College placement tests as listed below:

4. GED Graduates

  • GED graduates are eligible for the scholarship through placement scores if the GED was completed prior to the individual’s 19th birthday.

  • AND the following scores on the Maricopa Community College placement tests as listed below:

Placement Test Requirements for high school graduates with a 3.0 GPA or higher, home schooled graduates, or GED graduates

English, Writing *To be eligible for Honors English you must score a 7+

6+* Write Placer


92+ Accuplacer

Math, Elementary Algebra

70+ Accuplacer;

Math, College Algebra

32+ Accuplacer

Required Application Materials: 

  • A signed MCCCD Presidents’ Honors Scholarship Agreement.
  • An official final semester high school transcript must be sent via U.S. mail to the Honors Program at Paradise Valley Community College.  It must be impressed and sealed by the high school and show your graduation date, class rank, and final cumulative grade point average.
  • Your scholarship cannot be awarded until your final transcript has been received.
  • Dependents of MCCCD employees should inquire about relationship between scholarship and employee benefits.
  • Please note: Only those with a lawful presence in the US may qualify for MCCCD scholarships or federal financial aid.  Any information you provide about your legal status when you apply for financial aid or scholarships may be subject to mandatory reporting to federal immigration authorities under Arizona law. State law now requires that a person who is not a citizen or legal resident of the United States or who is without lawful immigration status is not entitled to classification as an in-state student pursuant to A.R.S. Section 15-1802 or entitled to classification as a county resident pursuant to A.R.S. Section 15-1802.01.

To retain the Presidents' Honors Scholarship, students must:

  • Maintain continuous enrollment as a full-time student for the four consecutive semesters.
  • Complete at least 24 letter-graded credits at the 100 level or above (Pass/Fail excluded) each academic year.  (A degree specific, required pass/fail courses may be within retention guidelines; must be verified with Honors Program).
  • Enroll in and complete at least 12, letter-graded, credits each fall and spring semester.
  • Enroll in and complete, with a grade of “C” or higher, at least 3 credits of Honors coursework/contract each semester.
  • Maintain an MCCCD cumulative grade-point-average of 3.25 or higher after the first semester.
  • Complete required co-curricular activities as defined by the college Honors Program.
  • Students will not be eligible for renewal of the scholarship if their cumulative Maricopa GPA, including ALL credits, is below 3.0 at the end of the first semester.
  • Participate in a mandatory Honors Orientation at the beginning of the first semester
  • NOTE: Honors Program students should not withdraw from courses or alter class schedules without first consulting the Honors Program.  College refund, drop/add, and withdrawal policies, dates, and deadlines apply to all Honors Program students.

You may submit applications to the Honors Office at the PVCC campus, or you may mail applications to the following address:

Attn: Honors Program
Paradise Valley Community College
18401 N. 32nd Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85032

For more information on the Honors Program use the "Staff" link on the right hand menu, as well as the FAQ link.