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Highline Community College Honors Scholar Program

  • Highline Community College Honors Scholar Program
  • 2400 S. 240 St.
  • Des Moines , WA 98198
  • (206) 592-3331
  • Jennifer Heckler
  • Faculty / Honors Coordinator
  • 206-592-3331

Program Description

The Honors Scholar Program prepares academically successful students for a more effective transition to four-year institutions and competitive jobs. The program builds on the view that competence requires motivation, knowledge, and skills application and moves students from area-specific learning to integrated problem-solving.

This interdisciplinary program provides students with the opportunity to turn their college-level classes into honors courses through advanced projects that complement the standard curriculum. Through rigorous research papers, class presentations and service learning opportunities, students build skills that will prepare them for upper division college work. In addition, Honors students gain personalized coaching in the college transfer process through Honors Seminar and gain access to a network of successful alumni over 600 members strong.

A student who completes the Honors Scholar Program will receive a merit tuition scholarship for their final quarter at HCC and will be recognized at graduation.

Success Stories

"Barbara, the TA's, and the other students in the program helped me find the courage to tell my story, and the confidence to believe that a single mom didn't have to settle for anything less than amazing. Yes, it was challenging, but Barbara helped guide me to a place I didn't know I could get to. The Honors Program gave me the tools I needed to get myself into an amazing four-year college with an unbelievable amount of scholarship money. And the challenges I'll face are challenges I feel well prepared for. As I begin the next step in my journey at Smith College, I know that I wouldn't be here if it weren't for Highline and the Honors Program." -Serenity, Smith College

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 100
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Amherst College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Seattle University
  • Smith College
  • Tufts University
  • University of Washington-Tacoma Campus
  • Whitman College