Honors students at Columbia College are afforded unique opportunities and benefits, including travel to national and international conferences, highly competitive internships, and membership into the Honors Student Association (HSA).
Members of the Columbia College Honors Program are regularly invited to apply for presentation spaces at the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Conference and the Southern Regional Honors Council (SRHC) Conference, both of which are held at various locations throughout the United States.
In January 2012, students Azmeh Amer, Yolina Elenkova, Farzona Hakimova, and Lilit Makaryan joined Dr. John Zubizarreta, Director of Honors and Faculty Development, at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, in Washington, D.C. The AAC&U is the chief, prestigious professional organization in higher education advocating for the core values of liberal education. Undergraduate students are rarely in attendance, not to mention actually on the program as selected speakers, but Columbia College honors students have been specifically invited to present for several years, an indication of the enviable reputation of our Honors Program in national venues.
The students’ interactive presentation in the convention’s special day-long E-Portfolio Forum event was focused on “Learning Portfolios and the International Student: Students Reflect on a Brave New World of Learning.”
The 2012 NCHC conference was held in Boston, MA, from November 14 to18, 2012. Columbia College took several students, all of whom presented. This year's conference will take place in New Orleans, LA from November 6 to 10. Past NCHC Conferences have been held in Phoenix, AZ (2011), Kansas City, MO (2010), Washinton, DC (2009), San Antonio, TX (2008), Denver, CO (2007), and Philadelphia, PA (2006).
The 2012 SRHC conference took place in Tampa, FL from March 30 to April 1. Eight Columbia College students presented. This year's conference will take place in Louisville, KY from April 4 to 6, 2013. Previous SRHC conferences have taken place in Greenvile, SC (2010), St. Petersburg, FL (2009), Birmingham, AL (2008), and Charlotte, NC (2007).
Our students have taken advantage of numerous travel opportunities, including Semester-at-Sea, Honors Semesters, the Washington Semester, and the South Carolina Semester. Additionally, Honors students have gained the opportunity to travel-study in Costa Rica, France, Spain, Germany, Ireland, and Korea. Interested students are encouraged to come by the Honors office to discuss possibilities or to contact seasoned veterans of travel-study programs for more insight.
Although not limited exclusively to Honors students, internships enhance a student's education while providing invaluable real-world experience in the student's chosen field. Internships are also available as part of travel experiences.
Scholarship opportunities are constantly floating around, and Honors students have a pretty good track record when it comes to the awarding of these pretigious scholarships! For instance, the college has had three recipients of the Rotary Foundation Scholarship, all of whom are Honors students. Other potential awards include: CIC Davies-Jackson, Fulbright, Goldwater, Madison, Marshall, Truman, Udall, Washington Media Fellows and others.
As an Honors student, one is automatically granted membership in the Honors Student Association (HSA), the campus organization designed for and managed by Honors students.In addition to monthly meetings and annual attendance at both the national and regional Honors Council conferences, members of HSA participate in various HSA sponsored events throughout the year.