Starting next fall, Hiram College will launch an honors program that offers more than an asterisk on students’ diplomas.
Designed for exceptional students interested in learning and achievement beyond the standard classroom-based curriculum, Hiram’s Eclectic Scholars Honors Program will enroll academically ambitious students interested in activities, programs, and study that nurture innovation, leadership, and social responsibility.
“Many honors programs select students simply based on grade point average and testing,” said Sandra Madar, Director of Strategic Academic Initiatives. “We’re looking for students who have done things like create an academic or social club at their school, lead a volunteer effort in their community, worked in a hospital or social service agency trying to make a difference in people’s lives. At Hiram, we recognize that success is more than a score on a standardized test. We’re looking for students who have demonstrated they are exceptional by the impact they have had on their school and their community.”
Students selected for the program can major in any discipline but will affiliate with one of Hiram’s seven Centers of Distinction which focus on health care professions, public service, ethics and civic engagement, writing & literature, environmental studies, entrepreneurship, genetics and molecular biology, and fine & performing arts.
Each year 15-20 incoming students selected by the faculty, will begin their studies with a year-long regimen of reading, reflection and engagement with Hiram professors, coupled with extraordinary access to featured speakers, lecturers, and artists brought to the Hiram campus through the Centers of Distinction.
In the second year honors students will focus on career preparation and build portfolios of experience through study abroad, service projects, leadership development, internships, and research projects. During the final two years students will do academic-based capstone projects, independent study and individually-designed courses.
Interested students should contact Dr. Sandra Madar at 330-569-5261 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.