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Honors Program

Jeanes Honors Scholarship Deadline is Dec. 1, 2024

Currently accepting applications for incoming Fall 2025 only.

Applicants with a 3.5 GPA and a 29 ACT or 1340 SAT are eligible to join the Milligan Honors Program and apply for the full-tuition Jeanes Honors Scholarship. The 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.


The following are required for Honors Program consideration:

  • A high school GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Students MUST submit a standardized test score of at least:
    • 29 on the ACT OR
    • 1340 (not including Writing) on the SAT OR
    • 90 on the CLT

Be considered for the Honors Program Scholarship, an additional $2,500 award offered to those who meet the eligibility criteria detailed above.*

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

  • Be admitted to Milligan by December 1, 2024
  • Submit a resume detailing your demonstrated extracurricular interests, community involvement, and leadership ability
  • Complete the Jeanes Honors Scholarship application by December 1, 2024, including essay and two additional references from teachers
  • Interview with faculty during a campus visit prior to January 24 OR during Honors Weekend.

If you are interested in joining the Honors Program but do not meet the criteria listed above, please feel free to contact the director, Dr. Michael Blouin.

*The Honors Scholarship of $2,500 may not be combined with any full-tuition scholarships, performing arts, or athletic scholarships.

Jeanes Honors Scholarship

Apply by December 1, 2024

Milligan’s highest academic honor scholarships are two full-tuition scholarships named in memory of former Milligan President Donald R. Jeanes. Eligible applicants must participate in an interview during Honors Weekend or on a campus visit during the fall semester.

Honors Weekend (Jan. 24-25, 2025)

Students who meet the criteria for the program and the December 1, 2024, application deadline will be invited to attend this special event. Students will have the opportunity to take a campus tour, learn about the Honors Program, and meet faculty and students. Jeanes applicants will also interview for their chance to be awarded one of our two full-tuition scholarships. Students may also interview in-person during a campus visit before January 24. 

To schedule a campus visit with an Honors Program interview before Honors weekend, please register here »

Honors Program

Participation in the Honors Program involves the following activities during your undergraduate studies:

  • Enroll in Intro to Honors (MLGN 101H)
  • Enroll in the Honors sections of HUMN 102 and 201
    You will follow the normal Humanities curriculum, but these sections place more emphasis on discussion.
  • Complete 3 Honors Elective Courses
    You choose the courses and work closely with professors to tailor the courses to your passions and interests.
  • Attend 4 Honors Colloquia
    Offered once or twice per semester; attend a lecture, trip or other event designated as an Honors Colloquia. You also will participate in any discussions or social events following.
  • Complete 2 of the following as capstone experiences
  1. What are the benefits of joining the Honors Program?

The Honors Program is all about cultivating curiosity and opening you up to pursue things you may not otherwise consider. The Honors Program gives you a reason, motivation, and community of encouragement to dive deeper into your interests and passions. The Honors Program provides a support system that enables you to reach higher. Overall, it can be one of the deepest, most enriching times of your life.

  1. Do employers care if you have an honors degree?

Yes! An honors degree looks wonderful on your resume. Employers are able to see by your completion of such a program that you are motivated and actively engaged in reaching for more. It also shows an employer your commitment and eagerness to follow through.

  1. Can athletes be in the Honors Program?

Absolutely! We have had a variety of athletes in the Honors Program who have excelled both in their athletic and academic endeavors.

  1. What community opportunities are available?

The Honors Program comes with exclusive access to the honors lounge in the library complete with couches, bean bags and hot cocoa. This space has been designed to encourage studying together and a great place to hang out with your honors family. There are also social events scattered throughout the year including occasional trips, parties, and gatherings. Honors students tend to form community quickly as freshmen in the Intro to Honors class and develop friendships that continue throughout your college career.

Student Profile
Cara Williams

Reflecting on her undergrad at Milligan, Cara says: “I am overwhelmed by the wonderful experiences I had as a member of the Honors Program. I am proud to come from such an excellent program, and I’m grateful for the ways in which it prepared me to excel relationally and academically in my present and future endeavors!” Having completed her didactic work in Milligan’s MSOT program, she is moving on to her 6-month fieldwork experience. She’ll be starting off this summer with a pediatric outpatient rotation at Mini Miracles in Johnson City and then move to an acute care rotation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

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Honors Program Directors & Recruiter

Associate Professor of English and Humanities

Chase Askew
Admissions Recruiter