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Honors Program Scholarships and Awards

 

The Honors Program and Academic Tuition Scholarships

The Honors Program works closely with the UVU Scholarship Office and offers both the Honors Housing Scholarship and Tuition Scholarships. For additional Utah Valley University scholarships and scholarship application guidelines, please visit the UVU Tuition Scholarship website.

 

The Honors Housing Scholarship

Students admitted to the Honors Housing Program reside together at Ventana Student Apartments. Honors students enjoy furnished private bedrooms, a full-sized washer and dryer, tile floors, a large pantry, and spacious closets. Ventana also has a resort style pool (open during summers only) and spa, a clubhouse and gym, pool table, and ping-pong table. Additional information about Ventana can be found on Ventana's website.

 

Honors Resident Leaders

Honors Housing Program currently has four Resident Leaders (two for each Honors floor) to address Honors students' housing needs and issues as they arise. As Honors Housing representatives, they act as advocates the Honors students when problems and questions arise concerning the Ventana Apartments, housemates, and Program itself. The Honors Resident Leaders work directly with Honors Program Director.

  

Honors Housing Students' Rights and Responsibilities

 

Overview of Rights and Responsibilities

Students at Utah Valley University are granted a series of rights and responsibilities. Honors Housing Scholarship recipients have an additional set of rights and responsibilities. Each apartment will meet with Resident Leaders to develop a Roomate Agreement at the beginning of each academic year, or when new roommates arrive. Students are also responsible for abiding by the rules and policies outlined in their contract with Ventana Student Apartments.

If a student is non-compliant with the Roommate Agreement or Ventana policies, she or he will be issued a verbal warning by the Resident Leaders. Repeated or continued violations will result in a second, written warning that will be placed in the Honors Program student file, potentially affecting the student's Honors Housing Scholarship or future Honors scholarships. If a third warning is issued, the student may lose her or his housing award altogether and be asked to leave within 30 days or before the end of the semester.

 

Meeting and Activity Attendance

All Housing students must register for the section of HONR 100R designated exclusively for Housing. Students will be responsible for attending all scheduled meetings and activities as noted on the course's Canvas page.

 

Resident Leaders' Responsibilities

1. The role of Resident Leaders in UVU Honors Housing is to facilitate the optimal learning and living environment for students in Honors Housing. Resident Leaders will assist students in managing conflict with Ventana Apartments, the UVU Honors Program, and roommates.

2. Resident Leaders will attend meetings and activities to cultivate a strong community among UVU Honors Housing.

3. At least one Resident Leader will be available in person or via phone or text 24 hours a day.

 

Probation and Appeals

 

Academic Standards Overview

Students should maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.4 to graduate from the Honors Program. Please note that the GPA for scholarships (both Honors Tuition and Honors Housing) is 3.5. Students are permitted a single appeal semester and may retain their scholarships during the appeal semester. After that semester, students whose GPAs do not rise to the minimum of 3.5 will likely lose all scholarship benefits.

However, losing a scholarship does not disqualify a student from remaining in the Honors Program and enjoying its benefits. To remain, the student must participate in the Honors Probation Program.

 

Honors Probation Program Guidelines

1. Freshmen students (29 credits or fewer) are given two semesters to bring their GPA back to 3.4. Students should meet with an Honors Program Coordinator to develop a GPA repair plan, which will be documented in the student's Honors file.

2. Continuing students (30 credits or more) are given one semester to bring their GPA back to 3.4. Students should meet with their Honors Program Coordinator to develop a GPA repair plan, which will be documented in the student's Honors file.

3. If, after completion of the probationary period, the student's GPA remains below 3.4, the student may petition the Honors Program Director for an extension of the probationary period. For an extension to be seriously considered, the student must be making substantive academic progress.

 

Scholarship Appeal Guidelines

1. At the first sign of GPA trouble, students should meet with their Honors Program Coordinator to develop a GPA repair plan.

2. Students should then complete the Scholarship Appeal Form and include a letter specifying the GPA repair plan precisely.

3. Students should return the form and letter to the responsible Honors Program Coordinator to sign and submit to the Scholarship Office.

The Honors Program has been very successful in the past in working with the Scholarship Office on a variety of appeals and is happy to assist students through the Scholarship Appeals process.

 

Personal Conduct

Students in the Honors Program must abide by the UVU Student Rights and Responsibilities Code (PDF).

Additionally, Utah Valley University makes a very important investment in each Honors student. This investment includes special privileges and opportunities unavailable to most students at UVU. Honors students should demonstrate conduct and behavior appropriate to an Honors Program, bringing to their daily pursuits a sense of excellence, personal responsibility, and good judgment. Please keep in mind that the Honors Program and the Honors Study Commons is a showcase for visitors and prospective students.

Honors students should address personal and academic problems immediately to ensure that they do not become overwhelming to the student's academic and personal growth. Dedicated Honors Coordinators and the Program Director can help secure assistance should students experience difficulties, conflicts, or other issues that might impede their participation in the Honors Program or general success at UVU.

Legal violations or behavior that brings an Honors student or the Honors Program into a negative light may be restricted within or removed from the Program. When necessary, the Honors Board of Senators will serve as a peer-review board in cases of a student's restriction or removal from the Program for reasons other than low GPA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05. Honors Scholarships

06. Additional Honors Program Information

 

Honors Program Staff

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Honors Program Director: 
Dr. Kate McPherson 
Office: LC 204a 
Telephone: 801.863.8055 
Email: kmcpherson@uvu.edu 
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Program Coordinator: 
Allen Hill 
Office: LC 202a 
Telephone: 801.863.6841 
E-mail: allen.hill@uvu.edu 
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Program Coordinator: 
Tiffany Nez 
Office: LC 204a 
Telephone: 801.863.6223 
E-mail: tiffany.nez@uvu.edu 
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On Campus | Main Office: LC 204 | Telephone: 801.863.6262 | Fax: 801.863.6562 |
Email: HonorsProgram@uvu.edu | Web: www.uvu.edu/honors 

 

Mailing Address | Utah Valley University | Honors Program MS 274 | 800 West University Parkway | Orem, Utah 84058-5999

 

Student Handbook2 

Honors Student Handbook (pdf)

 

 

Honors Program Benefits

• Academic and residential scholarship opportunities for incoming students

• Priority registration status allowing Honors students and seniors to sign up for classes first

• Small class size

• Uninhibited access to Honors professors

• Mentoring by Honors faculty and staff

• Colloquium activities and events for Honors students

• Access to the Honors Study Commons and Research Lab computers

• Unique opportunities for undergraduate research

 

The Honors Program at Utah Valley University provides opportunities for highly motivated students pursuing any associates or baccalaureate degree to realize academic, professional, and personal potential. Honors offers a powerful first-year experience, sustained peer-group interactions, and small courses with outstanding faculty employing innovative classroom approaches. Honors students benefit from experiential learning, undergraduate research, cultural events, and dynamic social gatherings.