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The Milligan Honors Program

The Milligan Honors Program provides an advanced and enriching opportunity for high achieving undergraduate students from all major fields to work together to deepen their intellectual scholarship, engage in creative and professional work, and embrace their roles as servant-leaders. You can build a foundation for personal and professional growth and/or prepare for entrance into the nation’s top graduate programs.

The Milligan Honors Program enhances the learning experience of Milligan’s most outstanding students by providing distinctive opportunities, academic challenges, and interdisciplinary experiences. Honors students have the chance to be part of a community that is continually encouraged to ask difficult questions, apply knowledge outside the classroom, and embrace their roles as servant-leaders.

Honors Program participants who apply to Milligan by Dec. 1 are eligible to apply for the Jeanes Honors Scholarship (two full-tuition scholarships are available each year). See details below. Other candidates are eligible for Presidential Academic Scholarships ranging from $14,000 to $16,000 per year, plus possible need-based aid.

Program Details

The Honors Program at Milligan complements and builds on Milligan’s liberal arts curriculum and encourages students to think critically and deeply about the relationship between their academic education and their faith. Honors Students take common honors courses together, delve deeper into their major courses, and enjoy community-building activities.

Honors students take Honors Humanities 102 and 201 and participate in colloquia, which include special lectures, field trips, and conferences that enhance and deepen the liberal arts academic experience. Honors Elective Courses usually begin in the junior year and enable students to work closely with faculty on additional scholarship, research, or creative work in their selected major field. Other community-building activities, including the Honors Roundtable, provide supportive opportunities for students to connect and share their experiences.

Capstone experiences are an integral part of the Honors Program. Students choose to complete two of the following capstones: a senior thesis, a service practicum, a semester abroad, or a research experience. These capstones give Honors students rewarding and valuable advantages that can facilitate post-college plans, as well as the chance to broaden their horizons.


View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan College Catalog (link below). The Milligan College academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.



ALL of the following are required for Honors Program and Jeanes Scholarship consideration:

  1. A high school GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  2. A score of at least:
    • 28 (composite) on the ACT OR
    • 1300 (not including Writing) on the NEW SAT (March 2016 or later) OR
    • 1250 (not including Writing) on the OLD SAT (before March 2016) OR
    • 86 on the CLT
  3. Resume detailing your demonstrated extracurricular interests, community involvement, and leadership ability
  4. Be fully admitted to Milligan by Dec. 1
  5. Complete the Honors Program application by Dec. 1, including essay and two additional references from teachers
  6. Interview with faculty at Honors Weekend (details below). Top candidates who meet the criteria and Dec 1 deadline will be invited.

Jeanes Honors Scholarships: Apply by Dec 1

Milligan’s highest academic honor scholarships are two full-tuition scholarships named in memory of former Milligan President Donald R. Jeanes. Honors Program participants who are fully admitted AND submit the Honors Program application by December 1 are eligible and encouraged to apply for the Jeanes Honors Scholarships. Eligible candidates must participate in an interview during Honors Weekend.

All honors candidates are eligible for Presidential Scholarships ranging from $14,000 to $16,000, plus need-based, state, and federal aid. (Students eligible for a tuition waiver program or other full-tuition scholarships are not eligible to apply for the Jeanes Honors Scholarship but are encouraged to apply for the Honors Program.)

Honors Weekend: Jan 24-25, 2020

Students who meet the criteria for the program and the December 1 deadline will be invited to attend this special event. During the weekend, usually held in January or early February, students may interview for one of the two full-tuition Jeanes Scholarships. The weekend also features a campus tour, financial aid sessions, student life panel discussions, and the chance to get to know current faculty and students.

How to Apply

Admission to the Milligan Honors Program requires a short, separate application.

  1. Apply and be admitted to Milligan.
  2. Complete the Honors Program & Scholarship Application.
  3. Recommendation letters from two teachers should be submitted by Dec. 1.
  4. Top candidates will be invited to Honors Weekend to interview for the Jeanes Honors Scholarship and participation in the program.
  5. Applications received after Dec. 1 may be admitted to the program if there is space available. These students will be eligible for Presidential Academic Scholarships. Contact your Admissions Counselor for details.



Dr. Michael Blouin, Assistant Professor of English and Humanities, and Dr. Amy Edmonds, Assistant Professor of Political Science, serve as co-directors of the Milligan Honors Program.

Michael Blouin

Dr. Michael Blouin

Michael Blouin has a Ph.D. in American Studies from Michigan State University. His areas of concentration include 19th and 20th century American literature and film, U.S.-Japan cultural relations, nuclear discourse, cosmopolitanism and critical theory.

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Dr. Amy Edmonds

Amy Edmonds has a Ph.D. in political science and a master’s degree in international relations from Baylor University. Her primary concentration is comparative and international politics. Her other areas of expertise include Latin America and religion and politics.

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