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Honors Program

Benefits of Participation

  • Students doing honors projects receive up to four free honors credits paid for by the Kirkwood Foundation.
  • Students can enter their projects in the fall and spring honors project competitions. Faculty and administrators judge the competition, and cash prizes totaling $1,000 are awarded to the top contestants.
  • Student may apply for the Terry Moran Honors Scholarship. Two winners are awarded each year.
  • At the end of each semester, honor students are given the opportunity to present their work in a five-minute talk before other honors students, faculty and Kirkwood colleagues. This presentation will not be evaluated, but is intended to showcase the students' academic talents.
  • PTK students who do honors projects may receive scholarship money in addition to a $10,000 scholarship for transferring to Cornell College.

Coe College
Students who complete honors projects with a "B" grade or higher may take a free, three-credit course at Coe College under the following conditions:

  1. Students must take the course during their second year at Kirkwood.
  2. They must select courses that are unavailable at Kirkwood, typically at the sophomore or junior levels.
  3. At the student's request, and upon successful completion of the course, Coe College will transfer the credit to Kirkwood for inclusion on the studentís transcript.

Mount Mercy University
Students who complete an honors project with a "B" grade or higher may take a free, three-credit course at Mount Mercy under the following conditions:

  1. Students must take the course during their second year at Kirkwood.
  2. Students must have earned at least 24 semester hours at Kirkwood.
  3. Students have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.4 at the end of their first year at Kirkwood.
  4. Students are strnogly encouraged to take an honors section course, but may opt for any three-credit regular course at the sophomore or junior levels.
  5. Students who pass a Mount Mercy honors section course with a "B" grade of higher will be accepted into the Honors Program if they later decide to transfer to Mount Mercy College.