The Honors Program Benefits and Goals

Benefits of being an Honors Scholar

Hampden-Sydney Honors Scholars receive special designations used during important College events (i.e., convocation, graduation). In addition, Hampden-Sydney Honors Scholars are eligible for additional benefits:

  • Through the Honors Summer Research Program, Honors Scholars are given priority for research awards that provide a stipend and on-campus housing for students interested in pursuing independent research during the summer.
  • The Honors Program offers a housing option for a small number of upperclassman Honors Scholars who wish to live together in a special academic environment.
  • The Honors Program subsidizes cultural and social events for Honors Scholars, such as trips to plays, concerts, and lectures.
  • The Honors Program subsidizes travel expenses for scholars attending regional and national conferences and workshops with a faculty supervisor.
  • The Honors Program holds an annual competition for The Harrison Scholarship, an "in course" scholarship for exemplary students who have excelled while at the College. Candidates are identified after their freshman year at Hampden-Sydney, based on their grades. Harrison Scholars are entitled to the same benefits, and bound by the same requirements, as other Honors Scholars. The scholarship stipend is $20,000 and takes the place of the student's original academic scholarship.


The honors scholarship program has the following goals:

  1. To encourage the best of our students, once enrolled, to remain at the college by providing engaging academic experiences, finacial support for student research and travel, and the Madison "in course" scholarship competition
  2. To affect positively the intellectual atmosphere on campus by enrolling a large number of academic leaders, i.e., the honors scholars
  3. To affect positively the social and cultural climate on campus by enrolling a large number of honors scholars, many of whom rise to leadership positions in campus organizations

The academic enrichment program has the overall goal of providing intellectual opportunity and enrichment for scholarship students and other high achievers once they enroll here. This overarching goal comprises the following components:

  1. To provide an interdisciplinary academic experience for honors scholars as they enter the college by means of courses that introduce them to a subject area as well as to at least two disciplinary approaches to it
  2. To foster independent thinking, research, and writing in honors scholars as well as other students, by means of summer research grants, independent research and the senior capstone

The social and cultural enrichment program has the following goals:

  1. To foster friendships among the honors scholars as a group
  2. To increase the range and quality of interaction among the honors scholars themselves and between the honors scholars and the faculty
  3. To broaden the cultural horizons of the honor scholars by providing access to a variety of musical, theatrical, and cultural events in the surrounding area--events that might otherwise be unavailable because of distance or cost