To recognize and reward incoming first-year students, the Honors Program provides three types of meritorious distinction and scholarship awards.
Honors Presidential Scholar
This is the highest distinction given to incoming members of the Honors Program. Six to ten Honors Presidential Scholars are selected each year from the approximately 200 students admitted to the Honors Program. Selection is based on academic achievement and potential, leadership and involvement in meaningful activities, and service to their school and community. Honors Presidential Scholars will be expected to pursue an Honors Core Award (19 credits) or an Honors Certificate (27 credits) and to actively seek out opportunities to develop their personal abilities through leadership, service, and/or undergraduate research. During the first year, the Honors Presidential Scholar cohort will be encouraged to meet weekly to build friendships over hot chocolate/tea and snacks and to talk about diverse topics of common interest. These cohorts are affectionately called “Things That Matter” (TTM) groups. The Honors Program will also provide individual mentoring related to major and career, summer jobs and internships, study abroad, undergraduate research, leadership and citizenship development, preparing for graduate school, and preparing to apply for national scholarships (Rhodes, Truman, Mitchell, Goldwater, Boren, Gilman, Udall etc.).
Out-of-state residents (from western states) selected as an Honors Presidential Scholar receive an annual Western University Exchange Scholarship (WUE) valued at $9,814 for the 2013-14 academic year and an Honors scholarship of $1,000. Idaho residents receive an Honors scholarship of $1,500 which contributes to the UI Platinum ($4,000) or Gold ($3,000) Scholarship Program guarantees. Presidential Scholars may renew their Honors WUE and Honors scholarship award for up to four years contingent on meeting the Honors 3.3 cumulative UI GPA requirements, suitable progress toward the Honors Core Award or Certificate, and significant involvement in academic, leadership, service, and/or undergraduate research activities.
All first-year students admitted to the Honors Program will be automatically considered for selection as an Honors Presidential Scholar. Selection criteria will include high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores, writing ability and information in the Honors essays, activities and leadership listed on the UI supplemental application, and an informal interview (if the applicant visited campus).
Ten to twenty Honors Fellows will be selected each year from the first-year Honors class based on academic ability and achievement (high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores) and other factors which may include leadership ability and service within their communities. Honors Fellows are expected to pursue an Honors Core Award (19 credits) or an Honors Certificate (27 credits); and they will be individually mentored and encouraged to develop and practice their leadership and citizenship skills. Out-of-state residents (from western states) selected as Honors Fellows receive a Western University Exchange Scholarship (WUE) valued at $9,814 for the 2013-14 academic year and will be considered for other Honors scholarships. Idaho residents selected as an Honors Fellow will receive an Honors Scholarship of $1000 that will contribute toward the UI Platinum ($4,000) or Gold ($3,000) Scholarship Program guarantees. Honors Fellows may renew the Honors WUE and Honors scholarship for up to four years contingent on meeting the Honors 3.3 cumulative UI GPA requirements and suitable progress toward the Honors Core Award or Certificate. Students who have been admitted to the Honors Program are automatically considered for selection as an Honors Fellow; and no additional application is required.
Honors National Merit Scholar
National Merit Finalists who meet UI program requirements are guaranteed to receive a full-ride scholarship that covers university-defined educational costs for basic tuition and fees and room and board for four years. National Merit Finalists are eligible to apply to the Honors Program for selection as an Honors National Merit Scholar (based on academic potential and achievement); but they do not receive additional scholarships. Honors National Merit Scholars receive individual mentoring opportunities and must meet the Honors 3.3 cumulative UI GPA requirements.