Inspring, Challenging, Rewarding- Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College

In keeping with the mission of Palm Beach State College, the purpose of the Honors College is to provide a challenging and supportive academic environment in which students are encouraged to think critically, demonstrate leadership, and develop ethical standards. Honors pursues an interactive learning experience where students acquire a creative and comprehensive understanding of concepts in an interdisciplinary and global context. Palm Beach State Honors students and faculty share a commitment and civic responsibility that extends beyond the classroom to local, national, and international communities.

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Benefits of the Honors College

There are many benefits for the student who participates in Honors activities. These include academic achievement in a highly stimulating environment, a mentoring relationship with the instructor, and an opportunity to develop patterns of academic excellence. You also increase their chances for transfer scholarships. Whether you plan to continue on to a university or enter the workforce directly, participation in Honors demonstrates that you will not settle for anything but the best.

You are encouraged to attend the national, regional and local Honors conferences. A group of faculty, students attend each conference and have a great time! Best of all, Palm Beach State College funds these events! Think about your resume! When you apply to colleges and universities from Palm Beach State, a tangible benefit of conference participation is that you distinguish yourself as having been selected to represent Palm Beach State.

Students who graduate from Palm Beach State with 12 hours or more of honors coursework, while maintaining a "B" in honors activities and a minimum 3.5 overall GPA are eligible for honors graduation. You will receive a gold Honors seal on your diploma, be noted in the commencement bulletin, and be presented with an Honors medallion. To receive these graduation benefits, you must fill out and submit the Honors Graduation Application to Academic Services prior to graduation.

There are two tracks to Honors Graduation:

Honors Silver: Students who satisfy the following requirements will be eligible for the Honors Certificate:

  • Complete 12 credit hours honors work (any combination of honors classes or honors project contracts);
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5;
  • Earn at least a B in each honors class or honorized class;
  • Earn at least 20 points on the Honors Point System.
    *applies only to new students effective Fall 2010
    *does not apply to students graduating December 2010

Honors Gold: Students who satisfy the following requirements will be eligible for the Honors Diploma:

  • Complete 21 total credit hours of honors work, of which
    • Three (3)credit hours must be IDH2105, “Knowledge Through the Ages;"
    • No more that 6 credit hours can be in honors projects;
  • Earn at least a B in each honors class or honorized class;
  • Earn at least 40 points on the Honors Point System.

Purpose/scope of tracks: The Honors Silver provides flexibility for students who want the honors experience but who may not be able to complete the requirements of the Honors Diploma. The Honors Gold is intended for students who want a more intense honors experience and is especially recommended for students who plan to transfer to an upper-division Honors College or Honors Program. Graduates of either track are eligible for honors-specific transfer scholarships (e.g., FAU Community College Honors Scholarship).

Admission Consideration:

The Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College admits students who seek Honors College Distinction from Palm Beach State College in the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees.

There is no additional fee for applying to the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College.

1. Students Entering Palm Beach State College as First-Time-in-College-Students

Students are eligible to apply to the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College if they meet one of the following recommended admission criteria for First-Time-In-College Students:

  • Earned a 3.5 unweighted high school GPA and have college-ready placement test scores (see http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/admissions/documents/PlacementTestScores.pdf).

    - OR -
  • Meet one of the following placement test score sets (High School GPA is not considered):
    • SAT combined verbal and math score of 1170
      -or-
    • ACT average score of 24 ( English, Reading, and Math)
      -or-
    • PERT score of 113 for reading and PERT score of 123 for writing 

Please note that High School Dual Enrollment and Early Admit students do not receive early registration.


2. Current Palm Beach State College Students/Transfer Students

Students who are currently enrolled at Palm Beach State College or who have recently transferred are eligible to apply to the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College.  

  • Cumulative college level GPA of 3.5 or higher

  • A minimum of nine (9) college credit hours completed and must not have over 42 semester hours of college credit.

3. Five-Year Rule Students

Transcripts more than five years old will not be used against students to determine admission consideration into the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College. Students will be eligible to apply if they meet the following:

  • Cumulative college level of GPA of 3.5 or higher from Palm Beach State College

  • A minimum of nine (9) Palm Beach State College credit hours completed and no more than 42 semester hours of college credit from Palm Beach State.

Admissions Timeline

The Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College is on a rolling admission basis. Applications will be reviewed once a week on Wednesdays (excluding holidays). Any application received after the day will be reviewed the following week.

Students will be notified upon receipt that the application has been submitted. Students will be notified of their admission status no later than two weeks of receipt.

Students who are accepted into the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College are required to attend an Honors College student information session during the first semester of joining the Honors College.

Honors Application Form
(Log into PantherWeb and then click the information tab in the yellow bar to see the Honors Application.)

Palm Beach State College- Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College

Presidential Honors College Scholarship
A two-year award worth $4,000 per semester awarded to current high school graduates with a minimum 3.5 un-weighted GPA and minimum SAT/ACT scores of 1170/24. Recipients must participate in the Honors College and seek the Honors Gold track. Visit the Financial Aid Scholarships page for information and eligibility requirements.

Honors College Merit Award
Gold Track students may apply to receive $1000 per year ( $500 each semester- fall and spring) by applying by the deadline specified on the Honors College Merit Form. The form is located under the Honors College Forms link. Please see form for eligibility requirement.

Honors College Scholarship
Students are automatically considered to receive $1000 per year ( $500 each semester- fall and spring) when accepted into the Honors College. The student must be in good standing, enrolled full time ( 12 credits), and enrolled in at least one honors course (not honors contract). The scholarship is open to Gold and Silver track students.

Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College Scholarship
The top 13 performers in each graduating group- fall and spring- will be considered automatically for the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College Scholarship. Honors students must notify the Honors College of their intent to graduate prior to be considered. Students are reviewed by merit and when applicable by honors activities in the honors points system.

Stewart Honors College Scholarship
Students are automatically considered to receive $1000 per year ( $500 each semester-fall and spring) when accepted into the Honors College. The student must be in good standing, either full or part time, have successfully completed 6 credit hours of honors coursework ( can include projects), and must have completed at least 5 honors activity points in the honors points system. **This scholarship is reviewed annually by the Palm Beach State College Foundation and may not be offered each year.

Students are encouraged to begin applying to transfer scholarships (such as the ones below) a semester before graduating from the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College.

Florida Atlantic University

Community/State College Scholars Award
Limited 2+2 Scholarships of $3,000 per year. Eligible students must transfer from one of Florida's College System institutions; have a minimum 3.0 GPA and and must submit a letter of recommendation from a Florida College System institution advisor.

Availability/Deadline
Nominations are made through the community/state college Financial Aid office. Students can apply online at Transfer Scholarship Application. The transfer scholarship application deadline is March 1st.

Transfer Educational Achievement Award (TEAA)  Awards of $3,000 per year available to incoming junior transfer students from one of Florida's College Systems institutions. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need. Students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Limited to U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens. Renewable up to five semesters or until graduation.

Availability/Deadline
Applications are made directly to the FAU Financial Aid Office. Students can apply online at Transfer Scholarship Application. The transfer scholarship application deadline is March 1st.

Honors/Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Limited awards of $3,200 per year for incoming junior transfer students with a minimum 3.5 GPA. Eligible students are graduates of the Honors Program or members in the Phi Theta Kappa chapter at a Florida community/state College. A letter of recommendation from a Honors or PTK advisor is required. Renewable for up to five semesters.

Availability/Deadline
Nominations are made by the PTK chapter advisor at the community college. Check with PTK advisor for deadline for nominations. Students can apply online at Transfer Scholarship Application. The transfer scholarship application deadline is March 1st.

Florida International University

FIU Community College Honors
Awards $750 per term to community college student. Students must have a 3.3 GPA and be an AA graduation. Participation in FIU Honors College is required. This scholarship is renewable.

Availability/Deadline
For more information on this scholarship, contact the Honors College at FIU, (305) 348-4100.

President Scholarship
Awards full, in-state tuition to one AA graduate per Florida community college. Student must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and be recommended by the community college president. Participation in FIU Honors College is required. This is a renewable scholarship.

Availability/Deadline
For more information on this scholarship, contact the Honors College at FIU, (305) 348-4100

PTK Scholarship
Awards $1,000 per year to an AA graduate who is a PTK member and is recommended by a PTK advisor. Participation in the FIU Honors College is required. This is a renewable scholarship.

Availability/Deadline
For more information on this scholarship, contact the Honors College at FIU, (305) 348-4100

BostonPalm Beach State College is a member of the following Honors organizations: National Collegiate Honors Council, Southern Regional Honors Council and the Florida Collegiate Honors Council.

Students and faculty interested in attending the national, regional or state conferences should contact the Honors Program Manager.

Conference information:

National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC)

Florida Collegiate Honors Conference (FCHC)

Southern Regional Honors Council (SRHC)

 

graduationThere are two tracks to Honors graduation

Honors Silver
Students who satisfy the following requirements will be eligible for the Honors Silver:

  • Complete 12 credit hours honors work (any combination of honors classes or honors project contracts);
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5;
  • Earn at least a "B" in each honors class or honorized class.
  • Earn at least 20 points on the Honors Point System.

Honors Gold
Students who satisfy the following requirements will be eligible for the Honors Gold:

  • Complete 21 total credit hours of honors work, of which:Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5;
    • Three (3) credit hours must be IDH2105, “Knowledge Through the Ages"
    • No more than six (6) credit hours can be in honors projects;
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5;
  • Earn at least a "B" in each honors class or honorized class;
  • Earn at least 40 points on the Honors Point System.

Students who are eligible for Honors Graduation will need to submit an application either by postal mail to: Palm Beach State College, Honors College, 4200 Congress Ave., MS #29, Lake Worth, FL 33461; or students may e-mail the application to honors@palmbeachstate.edu.

The graduation application will be reviewed by the Honors College office. If the student meets the graduation requirements, and the application is approved, the application will be forwarded to the Graduation Office. The Graduation Office will make the Honors notation on the student's transcript and place an Honors seal on the student's diploma. The student may pick up their Honors medallion prior to graduation by contacting the Honors office.


Office Location & Contact Info

Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College
Center for Bachelor Degree Programs | Room CBP 314.1

4200 Congress Avenue MS #29
Lake Worth, FL 33461
Phone (561) 868-3895 | Email: honors@palmbeachstate.edu

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