The Glendale Community College Scholars Program is the College’s honors program. The Scholars Program has been created to serve the needs of academically promising students, offering them opportunities for more intensive study, plus service and collegial friendships. The Scholars Program is based on a five-course Honors curriculum, within students’ general-education and pre-major coursework, that participants plan with the Scholars Counselor. The curriculum emphasizes critical thinking and in-depth analysis of concepts and issues.
Students who successfully complete the Scholars Program benefit from enhanced admissions consideration through the UCLA College of Letters and Science, through the UCLA Transfer Alliance Program (TAP); the Scholars Program Director and Scholars Counselor certify qualified Scholars for their TAP applications to UCLA. Good standing for Scholars Program completion and TAP certification indicate a strong academic and Scholars service record, both of which are essential elements of the program. GCC is a member of the Honors Transfer Council of California, which has a growing number of transfer partners (see http://htcca.org). In general, campuses nationwide recognize GCC’s Scholars Program as a competitive edge on students’ transfer applications.
Academic advancement and transfer assistance are the main advantages of being a Scholar. Further, also as a priority and requirement of the Scholars Program, participants perform many valuable charity and community service efforts, both on and off campus, participate in fundraising and collegial social events and prepare a literary and arts Scholars Journal throughout the year. In their academic, service, and social contexts, Scholars develop bonds with fellow students. Scholars benefit from priority registration, specialized counseling, and often smaller class sizes. As an organization, the Scholars Program aims to serve the campus community as well as the individual needs of its students, always mindful of the development of the well-rounded, service-oriented student. Applications to the Scholars Program are open each Fall and Spring semester; see the Scholars website.