The Honors Program at Richard Bland College of William & Mary supports academic excellence and a culture of service. At Richard Bland College, Honors Program students:
- Participate in campus and community service
- Take advantage of cultural and academic enrichment opportunities
- Explore leadership opportunities
- Examine global perspectives
Regardless of Honors Program participation, students earning at least a 3.5 GPA after completing at least 12 credit hours will invited to join Phi Theta Kappa (PTK). The purpose of PTK is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, PTK provides opportunity for the development of leadership and service, an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, lively fellowship for scholars, and stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.
Phi Theta Kappa’s mission is two-fold:
- Recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students
- Provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service, and fellowship programming
Richard Bland College ‘18, William & Mary ‘20
Career Goal: Medical
“Richard Bland College taught me that hard work and dedication will lead to great success in the future.”
Honors Program Scholarship
Honors Program Scholarships are awarded to a limited number of students. Global Student Success Program participants do not qualify for scholarships. In order to be considered for a scholarship, students must complete an application, be selected, and fulfill requirements of the Honors Program.
As an Honors Student, you will:
- Enroll in ESE-Honors and required number of Honors courses (COLL courses for second-year Promise Scholars)
- Accumulate Engage RBC points
- Complete community service
- Exhibit in RBC Expo
- 3.5+ high school GPA or 3.25+ college GPA (exceptions are made for extraordinary circumstances)
- Participate in ASPIRE Living & Learning Community (if residential)
Students with at least a 3.5 high-school GPA or 3.25 college GPA are invited to apply to the Honors Program. (Exceptions are made for extraordinary circumstances.) The application opened February 1, 2019. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received, so it is best to apply early. The application can be found here. To complete the application, students must upload a resume and their response to the given essay question.
- Incoming student essay prompt: “If you could make a difference in the world focusing on one area, which area would you choose? Relate your choice to your intended major or current hobbies. Please write an essay (300-500 words) on this topic.”
- Sophomore essay prompt: “Please write an essay (300-500 words) explaining how you have taken advantage of all that RBC has to offer.”
Students who fulfill the Honors Program requirements each semester during their first year will be invited to re-apply for acceptance and an Honors Program Scholarship their second year. Re-acceptance is not guaranteed.
Please contact the Honors Program Coordinator for questions about the program.
Celia Brockway, Honors Program Coordinator
(804) 862-6100 ext. 8533