Honors Scholars and Their Scholarships

prepared for success

EMU honors program graduate Janelle Freed

  • In recent years 100% of honors program students graduated with high academic honors
  • A third of honors students complete double or triple majors
  • 10% of honors students graduate in less than four years

Honors scholars are challenged and nurtured to grow to their full potential. Our program offers:

  • 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.
  • the chance to follow your curiosity and creativity beyond traditional college academics.

About the Scholarships

Honors scholarship recipients receive $68,000 ($17,000 per year over four years) in scholarships for high academic achievement.

Full tuition scholarships are available to first-year student applicants who compete in the Yoder Scholars competition during honors weekend.

Details of the Program

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 maintain their honors scholarships as long as they maintain a 3.5 GPA.

Honors Courses

Honors 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 and Mentoring

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 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.

Meet Maria Yoder and Nicole Litwiller, the 2015 Yoder Scholars.