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 up to $25,000 in scholarship money in addition to a $15,000 scholarship for transferring to Cornell College.

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 strongly 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 University.