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. Find out what sets Stephens Scholars apart.


Intellectual Challenge

Scholars enroll in the Scholars Seminar in the spring semester of their freshman, sophomore and junior years (1 credit hour per semester; 3 credit hours total). This is a lively, discussion-based course with topics that change from year to year. Scholars are advised and mentored by dedicated full-time faculty throughout their Stephens careers and beyond.  


Honors Scholarship

If you qualify and are invited to join the Scholars as an incoming, first-time-in-college student, you may 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.


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 higher level courses that challenge me and better prepare me for my future. It has also helped me be a part of the Columbia community by introducing me to local business owners at their businesses.

- Karrie Armstrong '22, biology/pre-vet major


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 advisers.

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Accept your Invitation

If you've been invited to the Stephens Scholars honors program, please accept, decline, or request more information using this form. 

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Find Out More

Stephens Scholars

Dr. James Terry | Associate Professor, Honors Program Coordinator
(573) 876-2363, Ext. 4363 [email protected] Dudley Hall 117 | Campus Box 2047

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