Honors Scholars and Their Scholarships

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EMU honors program graduate Janelle Freed

In recent years 100% of Honors Program students graduated with high academic honors; a third of them completed double or triple majors, and 10% graduated in less than four years.

Honors scholarship recipients receive $64,000 ($16,000/year) in scholarships for high academic achievement. Even higher scholarships are available to those who compete in the Yoder Scholars competition during honors weekend. Meet the 2014 Yoder Scholars recipients!

Honors scholars are challenged and nurtured to grow to their full potential academically, spiritually and emotionally. Over the past three years the graduation rate for EMU honors students was 100%, with a third of them completing double or triple majors. Students can also choose to minor in honors studies.

Those receiving the honors scholarship may enter EMU as part of the honors program, taking the first-year honors course, “Ruling Ideas”. In subsequent years, any EMU student may opt to join or remain in the program by maintaining a 3.6 GPA and engaging in the full honors curriculum. Honors scholarship recipients will maintain their honors scholarships as long as they maintain a 3.5 GPA.

What does the program offer?

  • a community of gifted, highly motivated learners who engage in projects collaboratively.
  • a rigorous curriculum that enhances EMU’s core values of interdisciplinary study and cross-cultural understanding through on- and off-campus study terms.

As an honors program participant, you’ll have the opportunity to follow your curiosity and creativity beyond the bounds of traditional academics. Be part of our “big picture” program, tailored to highly motivated students.

Honors program components

Honors courses

These classes are taught by EMU’s most accomplished faculty and invite collaboration and innovation, pulling professors and students together in deep exploration of a topic. The curriculum functions as an academic minor that includes course work, experiential components, foreign language study, and a capstone project.

Honors gatherings

Weekly honors gatherings informally bring together honors students and faculty for conversation and mentoring. Monthly events are planned by honors students and provide an outlet for exploring interesting topics, expanding curiosity, and having fun.


Students are nurtured via mentoring relationships with fellow honors students and the EMU honors faculty and staff.


Honors scholars receive generous, renewable scholarships of at least $16,000 per year ($64,000 over four years) and, when applying to EMU as first-year students, are eligible to compete for a full-tuition Yoder Scholarship. To take part in the honors program beyond their first year, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.6. Scholarship recipients may choose not to participate in the honors program and will maintain their scholarship as long as they maintain a 3.5 GPA.


Honors scholarships are granted to first-year students at time of acceptance into EMU; eligibility is based on a sliding scale that takes high school GPA and standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) into account. To determine your eligibility for an honors scholarship, use the EMU Cost of Attendance Estimator. Full engagement in the honors program (programming in addition to the scholarship) is available to those who maintain a GPA of 3.6 and opt into the program their sophomore year.

Honors Weekend and Yoder Scholars competition

Apply by November 1 In the months before the annual honors weekend in February, students eligible for the honors scholarship may compete to be a Yoder Scholar.

The Yoder Scholars competition allows students eligible for the honors scholarship to compete for full-tuition scholarships, EMU’s highest academic award. To compete, students must meet the honors qualifications and apply to EMU by November 1. Yoder Scholars will be chosen based on essay question responses, interviews and interaction during the honors weekend.

If you’ve been invited to the honors weekend on February 5-6, 2016, please register online by January 15.