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Montgomery Scholars Honors Program

Montgomery Scholars Program
Frequently Asked Questions 


Why should I become a Montgomery Scholar?
As a Montgomery Scholar you will be part of a learning community of honors students sharing common intellectual experiences; you will take half your college courses with your fellow scholars learning from honors faculty who are active scholar-practitioners in their fields; you will learn in an inter-disciplinary environment in which you will also be able to pursue your own major; you will have academic advising, internship, scholarship and transfer opportunities that will enable you to complete your baccalaureate degree and go on to graduate studies and/or the professions.

What courses would I take as a Montgomery Scholar?
In addition to classes for your major, you will take a first year team-taught “core” curriculum of honors world history, literature, philosophy and world music as well as an honors anthropology class and an English rhetoric class; in the summer between your first and second year you will take a summer study-travel course within the US, pending funding; during the second year of the program you will take an honors communication/speech class, as well as an honors team-taught capstone/research in the disciplines course with an honors international relations class.

What courses would I take as a Montgomery Scholar in the first year? 
In your first year you will take six courses worth 18 honors credits with your fellow scholars: honors world history, world literature, philosophy, and world music in the 'core' and honors anthropology and English rhetoric; you will also take around 12 credits in classes in your major during your first year.

What courses would I take as a Montgomery Scholar in the second year?
In your second year you will continue taking courses in your major as well as three courses worth nine credits with your fellow Montgomery Scholars: an honors communication/speech class, and an honors capstone/research in the disciplines course that is team-taught with an honors international relations class.

What are the requirements of honors courses?
All honors courses emphasize writing and research.  They might include journals, projects, experiments, oral presentations or other assignments, accompanied by appropriate written explanation.  

What majors are available at Montgomery College? What majors are available to students in the Montgomery Scholars program?
Scholars can choose from a list of over forty-four majors representing a broad spectrum of disciplines offered at Montgomery College.  Although MC offers additional majors under its Associate of Applied Science degree programs, these more narrowly focused skills based majors, such as Building Trades or Automotive Technology are not compatible with the broader academic focus of the Scholars curriculum.  Scholars may choose their respective area of concentration from the wide array of majors leading to an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Arts in Teaching or an Associate of Fine Arts degree.  These curriculums provide students with the courses they will need to successfully transfer into a Bachelor’s degree program at a four year college or university. 

Programs of Study


Can a science or engineering major participate in the Scholars program?
Yes!  Throughout the program’s history, many Montgomery Scholars have pursued degrees in the sciences and engineering.  Due to the large number of major-specific courses required in these disciplines, Scholars are encouraged to work closely with their Scholars counselor and faculty advisor in their major for assistance with academic planning and course selection.

What campus is the program at?
With the exception of the summer-study travel course, the Scholars courses are all taught at the Rockville campus; you may take your other courses at the Rockville campus or any other Montgomery College campus or online.

What honors programs are available at Montgomery College?
The college-wide honors program features two special programs for students entering Montgomery College from high school: The Macklin Business Institute and Montgomery Scholars; as well as a program for existing Montgomery College students after they have attended the college for one semester: Renaissance Scholars.  Students can also enroll in honors courses with honors modules (HM), honors sections of existing classes (HC), honors tutorials consisting of small class seminars on special topics (HP), honors independent study consisting of independent research (HP) and student internships at museums in Washington, DC or through editorial participation in The Potomac Review (HP).

Can I enroll in the Macklin Business Institute and Montgomery Scholars?
You may not enroll in both Macklin and Montgomery Scholars as a first-year student; you may be eligible to add the Macklin program as a sophomore Montgomery Scholar.

Are there internship opportunities at Montgomery College and as a Montgomery Scholar?
Yes, there are a number of internship opportunities, including internships with the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

What is the Capstone Colloquium?
The Capstone Colloquium is the last milestone in the intellectual journey of the Montgomery Scholars.  It offers them an opportunity and a forum to showcase their capstone projects, which they complete having taken the honors capstone/ research in the disciplines course, the honors international relations class and the honors communication/speech class.  They present their research at the colloquium in front of an audience that includes both the college and the broader community.

What is the Beacon conference?
The annual Beacon Conference is a student honors conference run by a consortium of community colleges that showcases the outstanding academic achievements of community college students.  Students are invited to submit research papers in any of 20 discipline categories. Writers of the top three papers in each category are called Beacon Scholars and are invited to present at the conference. The winning paper carries a $100 prize.

What advising assistance would I receive as a Montgomery Scholar?
Scholars are assigned a counselor who will be able to provide them with advising and counseling services throughout the course of the two year program. The Scholars counselor will conduct periodic informational group sessions on topics such as academic planning, how to apply to transfer schools and scholarships, and other topics as the need arises. Scholars will have the opportunity to meet individually with their counselor each semester to discuss their educational goals and make adjustments to their educational plans as they progress through their program of studies. Supplemental academic advising is provided by faculty advisors in each student’s major.

Scholars are encouraged to meet frequently with the Scholars counselor to discuss any academic issues that may arise such as making choices about major, selecting transfer schools, applying to scholarships or discussing academic or personal challenges that may arise. The Scholars counselors are committed to establishing a strong rapport with their respective students in order to provide Scholars with personal support and guidance throughout their time at MC.

What colleges have Montgomery Scholars transferred to after the program?
Past scholars have transferred to a number of schools including: American University, Amherst College, Clemson University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Florida State University, Georgetown University, the George Washington University, Hood College, Howard University, the Johns Hopkins University, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, Smith College, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Towson University, University of Maryland, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Virginia.

Can I transfer after one year in the Scholars program?
When you become a Montgomery Scholar the expectation is you complete both the first and second years of the program.

What transfer services are available at Montgomery College and for Montgomery Scholars? 
Montgomery College offers extensive services to assist students with transfer planning.  A key resource is the MC website’s transfer page, which details a step-by-step guide to the transfer process and provides information about transfer scholarship opportunities and course transferability to four-year colleges and universities.  Scholars counselors present transfer planning information to Scholars during both the first and second years of the program and discuss transfer plans with Scholars during their one-on-one advising sessions each semester.  In addition, many Scholars faculty make themselves available to review Scholar transfer admission essays and write letters of recommendation.

What is the summer program in North Carolina?
In the summer of 2016, the study travel program will take place in Asheville, North Carolina.  Scholars will stay in dormitories at Warren Wilson College.  During the first week of the two-week program, students will take part in the Swannanoa Gathering (a program of folk music workshops) studying such topics as American roots music, folklore of the Blue Ridge Mountains, transatlantic journeys, and the radio years; during the second week scholars will visit and participate in local cultural activities (such as visits to the Biltmore Estate and to the Cherokee museum as well as the city of Asheville) and service-learning projects in the surrounding communities.

Will the summer program be located in other locations in future years?
This may happen – in that event, prospective and current students will be informed as soon as possible.

Do the Scholars travel to Cambridge, England?
At the moment the Montgomery Scholars do not travel to Cambridge, England.

Do I receive college credit for the summer program?
Yes, you will be enrolled in HP270 and receive 3 credits for the summer program.

What are the admissions requirements for the Montgomery Scholars Program?
Admission to the Montgomery Scholars program is competitive. All candidates applying to Montgomery College’s Montgomery Scholars Program must submit a credit admissions application to Montgomery College and a Montgomery Scholars Application with supporting documents.

In addition, the following documents must be submitted by the Montgomery Scholars application deadline: 
*Montgomery Scholars Application Form
*Two high school teacher recommendations
*Photocopy of your SAT and/or ACT scores
*Montgomery Scholars Application Checklist (must be filled out)
*Resume (optional but highly recommended)
*Photocopy of AP scores and/or SAT II Scores
*Mid-Year Grade Report (optional but highly recommended)

What is the application deadline to apply to the Montgomery Scholars Program?
The application deadline is January 29, 2016 for students applying for admission for fall 2016. We will accept application materials postmarked by January 29, 2016. 

How can I apply for credit admission to Montgomery College (Part 1) for fall 2016?
Admission to Montgomery College is a prerequisite to admission into the Montgomery Scholars honors program.  Applicants to the Montgomery Scholars program should apply for admission to Montgomery College by January 29, 2016. An application for credit admission to Montgomery College is included in the Montgomery Scholars application booklet.

If you have previously applied for credit admission to Montgomery College, you do not need to re-apply for admission to the College; however, you must complete and submit all required documents for consideration into the Montgomery Scholars program.

Montgomery County Public High School seniors should check with their high school Career Center for more information about applying to Montgomery College.

Also, for more information about applying to Montgomery College, please call 240-567-5000 or visit the Enrollment Services website.

How can I check on the status of my Montgomery Scholars application or supporting materials?
Please email for questions related to the status of your application and supporting materials.

What scholarship opportunities are available through the Montgomery Scholars Program?
Students selected for the Montgomery Scholars Program for the fall 2016 semester will be offered two-year (four academic semesters), full-tuition (15 credit hours per semester at the in-county rate) merit scholarships. Pending funding, these merit scholarships will also include the majority of expenses associated with attending the summer study travel experience in the United States (summer 2017).

What scholarship opportunities are available at Montgomery College?
Montgomery College offers several scholarship programs. Please visit our Financial Aid website for additional information about scholarship opportunities.

Do applicants need to take the placement test for consideration to Montgomery Scholars?
All Montgomery Scholars Applicants should take the Montgomery College Placement Test (Accuplacer or ESL-Accuplacer/LOEP) for English, reading, and math at a Montgomery College Assessment Center.  You can find more information at

It is recommended that Scholars applicants take the appropriate placement test by February 13, 2016.

Students must be accepted to the College and have a Montgomery College ID number (M number) in order to schedule and take the placement test.  An “M number” is your student identification number, also called your College ID, assigned to you by Montgomery College once you have completed your application to the College. 

Bring your recent photo ID: US government-issued photo identification, state-issued driver’s license or non-driver’s ID, passport, or school ID from the current academic year to take the placement test.

For more detailed information about placement testing, including the testing schedule for all three campuses, visit:

Prepare for your placement test by going to the following link:

If your first language is American English or you have attended a US school for 10 or more years, you will take the Accuplacer placement test.  Otherwise, you will take the ESL Accuplacer placement test designed for students who speak American English as a second (or subsequent) language.

You may test out of the English placement requirement if you meet one of the following criteria:

• Critical Reading score below 550 (take both sentence skills and reading sections)
• English score 24 or above (take both sentence skills and reading sections)
• Math score below 24
• 90 or above (IBT) or 575 or above (paper) 
• 6.5 or above

Please contact for additional information regarding the College placement test process.


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