Presidents' Honors Scholarship Program
Please note: State law now requires that a person who is not a citizen or legal resident of the United States or who is without lawful immigration status is not entitled to classification as an in-state student pursuant to A.R.S. Section 15-1802 or entitled to classification as a county resident pursuant to A.R.S. Section 15-1802.01.
According to state law, a person who is not a citizen of the United States, who is without lawful immigration status, and who is enrolled at any community college under the jurisdiction of an Arizona community college district is not entitled to tuition waivers, grants, scholarship assistance, financial aid, tuition assistance or any other type of financial assistance that is subsidized or paid in whole or in part with state monies.
For those who qualify, the Presidents' Scholarship pays full-time tuition (a dollar amount equal to 15 credit hours in-county) and registration fee for up to 4 consecutive fall and spring semesters of MCCD course work. Students must enroll as full-time students (minimum of 12 credit hours each semester, Pass/Fail credits excluded) within the academic year following high school graduation.
Students who complete secondary education programs or are home schooled in Maricopa County may qualify with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.25 (unweighted.
To retain the Presidents' Honors Scholarship, students must
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, including all dual enrollment courses taken prior to high school graduation and a C or better in the honors course taken each semester;
- Enroll in and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours 100 level or higher (Pass/Fail credits excluded) each fall and spring semester;
- Enroll in and complete Honors Courses as required by the program each semester;
- Maintain continuous enrollment for four semesters (summer sessions excluded).
- Complete two Honors approved co-curricular activities each semester.
How scholarship is disbursed
Presidents' Honors Scholars will have their fee due date on their billing statement deferred until financial aid is awarded. At that time, the scholarship amount will be applied to the student's account. Students must pay any fees over the scholarship amount by the date on the billing statement.
Presidents' Honors Scholars who have been admitted to the Honors Program and college may apply for the deferment of their Presidents' Honors Scholarship for the purpose of taking part in activities that would interrupt their required continuous enrollment at the Maricopa Community Colleges. See the Deferment application for more information.
NOTE: Failure to comply with the above requirements will result in loss of scholarship (which cannot be reinstated). For all copies of contracts and deferment forms go to Application Forms.
See the Presidents' Scholar FAQ for additional information.
You may submit an applications electronically on the Honors web page.