Admission Guidelines for the Honors Scholar Program

We use a holistic approach to identify and evaluate talented candidates so as not to exclude late-bloomers, non-traditional students, or students who may have met with substantial obstacles which prevented them from developing their full potential prior to their application to the College. This program is best suited for students seeking an AA degree who have not taken more than 30 credit hours. We accept applications once a year on July 1st. Dual-enrolled students need to download the application on our website or stop by the Honors Office to pick one up. DO NOT fill out the online scholarship application. Students who are interested in simply taking one honors class can contact the program coordinator for information regarding affiliate applications.

Benefits include:

  1. Financial support for study abroad and study away experiences.
  2. Funding and academic guidance to attend state, regional, and national conferences.
  3. Directed individual research classes that allow students to have creative control over their curriculum.
  4. Smaller class sizes which facilitates personalized instruction from our most talented faculty
  5. Funding and academic guidance to support creative and academic research initiatives.
  6. Automatic admission into both FGCU’s and USF’s Honors Colleges if you complete the certificate with a 3.5 overall GPA

Graduating High School Students

In-coming Freshman should fill out the FSW scholarship application online. This scholarship is available to international students and non Florida residents as well. That application should link you to the Honors application found here, on our homepage. If it does not lead you to that link, you can still fill out the application here by clicking on the “Apply Now” button.

Dual-enrolled High School Students

  • DE students are encouraged to apply after they have completed at least one semester of college coursework. If you have not taken any college courses and you believe you will thrive in the program, please contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Wendy Chase ( to discuss.
  • DE students who have already completed college coursework must have received a B or higher in these classes. Those who are in the process of completing their first semester and do not have a record of their college GPA on file might should contact Dr. Wendy Chase ( or 239-489-9470) for details.
  • In addition to completing the application, DE students need two letters of recommendation. At least one letter of recommendation must be from college faculty and the second letter can come from high school faculty, a counselor, or an administrator
  • Participation in extracurricular activities
  • Approval by the Program Coordinator

Current FSW Students

  • GPA of 3.2 on 12 hours of College coursework exclusive of College Prep courses
  • Two faculty recommendations
  • Approval by the Program Coordinator

Transfer Students

  • GPA of 3.2 on 12 hours of College coursework exclusive of College prep courses
  • Two faculty recommendations
  • Approval by Program Coordinator