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Stephens Scholars: Challenge and Community

Stephens Scholars is the honors program that will help get you where you want to go. Founded in 1960, it's a pioneer among the nation's honors programs that continues to be selective, innovative and community-focused.

This program will challenge you with rigorous coursework while placing you in a supportive network of thinkers, dreamers and doers. Keep reading to learn what sets Stephens Scholars apart. 

Intellectual Challenge

Spring 18 Commencement web.200Stephens scholars take dedicated 200-level general education courses in a wide-range of disciplines. These courses are designed by full-time faculty for advanced students who are eager to participate in timely intellectual discourse and rigorous scholarship. Recent topics include contemporary international fiction, the beauty and form of math, and global perspectives of 20th century America. Students continue to be taught, mentored and advised by Fulbright Scholars and other faculty experts throughout their college career. 

The program is open to first-year students who have at least a 3.5 GPA and an ACT composite of 25 or higher (or SAT 1220 composite or higher). MACC students interested in the Stephens Honors program should contact their adviser. 

Engaged Community

When you become a Stephens Scholar, you join a network of nearly 100 peers who value your knowledge, leadership skills, curiosity and love of learning. 

Learning goes beyond the classroom to the community with trips to explore careers and meet women who are excelling in their industries. For example, Scholars recently visited a nuclear reactor, a neonatal intensive care unit, and an art gallery. In addition, Stephens Scholars benefit from specially invited guest speakers.

"Stephens Scholars has given me access to a higher level courses that challenge me and better prepare me for my future. It has also helped me get out and be a part of the Columbia community by giving me the opportunity to meet local business owners at their businesses." —Karrie Armstrong '22, biology/pre-vet major

Meaningful Support

If you qualify and are invited to join the Scholars as an incoming, first-time-in-college student, you will receive a renewable annual scholarship of $1000. All Stephens Scholars participants are eligible for additional endowed scholarships.

Upon completion of the program, your achievement will be recorded on your academic transcript, and you will receive special recognition at Commencement.


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