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Western Presidential Honors Scholarship Application

Complete this form to be considered as a candidate for Western Colorado University’s Presidential Honors Scholarship. In addition to providing identifying information, you must also include several supporting documents in your application. See either the Incoming Applicants or Continuing Applicants drop down menu for the supporting documents you must upload. If you have any questions, contact Honors Program Director Zack Treisman, Ph.D. at ztreisman@western.edu

Applications for incoming students MUST BE RECEIVED BY Jan. 27 of the year of application. Applications for continuing students MUST BE RECEIVED BY March of the year of application.

If you are an incoming applicant, you must upload the following materials. You will not be considered as a candidate for this scholarship if you do not upload ALL of these materials.

  • A cover letter explaining why you want to be a part of Western’s Honors Program and demonstrating with concrete examples how you have engaged two of our five program values (see below) in your academic or personal life;
  • A copy of your most recent educational transcript;
  • A resume of your qualifications, accomplishments, service, extra-curricular activities;
  • Any other documentation that would be helpful in evaluating you as a candidate for this scholarship.

Additionally, your application must include two sealed letters of recommendation from teachers, guidance counselors, professors or academic advisors which address your accomplishments and suitability for a college Honors Program. These must be mailed directly to the Honors Director at the following address:

Western Colorado University Honors Program
Dr. Zachary Treisman, Honors Director
The Presidential Honors Scholarship Program
Taylor Hall 110A
Western Colorado University
Gunnison CO 81231

The Honors Program Values are:

  • The Good: While scholars may debate the “Form of the Good,” the Honors Program at Western sees it as deeply connected to the purpose and values of a Liberal Arts and Science education. We seek to create opportunities for our students to develop into virtuous, knowledgeable, and articulate citizens for whom the pursuit of knowledge is integral to human development.
  • Citizenship and Community: We seek to create elite learners without elitism and a cohort of students who learn to develop the deep connection between higher education and citizenship within a supportive academic community. Our community members are highly motivated students, faculty, and staff who share an intellectual curiosity about the world around them.
  • Interdisciplinarity: Honors courses are designed to promote cross-discipline exploration and discovery. You will find students and faculty of a multitude of majors and interests in Honors classes, providing an extremely fertile and complex environment for discussion and analysis.
  • Risk Taking and Autonomy: While our program demands high academic achievement, it does not mean our students play it safe academically. Honors at Western encourages students to take the initiative in the ownership of their education experience. Honors courses present students with opportunities to think for themselves free from internal or external constraints on intellectual inquiry. We encourage students to take the initiative in their own education and support them in developing the resiliency needed when stepping out of one’s academic comfort zone.
  • Social Intelligence: It is not enough to be the “smartest one in the room” if you lack the intrapersonal and interpersonal intelligence to communicate your ideas and listen to the ideas of others. Our program and its educational opportunities encourage students to develop the capacity to negotiate and navigate complex social and intellectual environments so that Honors students are not just “the smartest ones in the room,” but the most effective communicators and collaborators in the room.

If you are a continuing applicant, you must upload the following materials. You will not be considered as a candidate for this scholarship if you do not upload ALL of these materials.

  • A copy of your most current Western transcript (minimum 3.0 GPA required);
  • A letter addressed to the Western Colorado University Foundation Scholarship Program Committee addressing the following:
    • What value should SAB add to student life in the Honors Program;
    • Evidence of Honors leadership abilities through planning and participating in Honors extracurricular activities during the current academic year;
    • Your plan for continuing to demonstrate leadership and Honors community-building activities into the coming academic year;
    • Your detailed plan for completing the Honors Program

Additionally, your application must include one sealed letter of recommendation from a faculty member which addresses your accomplishments and suitability for a Presidential Honors Scholarship. The faculty member need not currently be teaching in the Honors Program. These must be mailed directly to the Honors Director at the following address:

Western Colorado University Honors Program
Dr. Zachary Treisman, Honors Director
The Presidential Honors Scholarship Program
Taylor Hall 110A
Western Colorado University
Gunnison CO 81231

Western Presidential Honors Scholarship Application

  • Incoming Students

    See either the Incoming Applicants or Continuing Applicants drop down menu for detailed descriptions of the supporting documents you must upload.
  • Max. file size: 100 MB.
  • Max. file size: 100 MB.
  • Max. file size: 100 MB.
  • Max. file size: 100 MB.
  • Continuing Students

    See either the Incoming Applicants or Continuing Applicants drop down menu for detailed descriptions of the supporting documents you must upload.
  • Max. file size: 100 MB.
  • Max. file size: 100 MB.

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