This component of the Honors Program challenges students to make full use of their intellectual gifts and to develop their creative, analytical, problem-solving, communication and leadership skills.

The Honors Program is seeking qualified candidates to apply to become an Honors Program Scholar Candidate

What are the requirements to graduate as an Honors Program Scholar?

An application process is required to become an Honors Program Scholar Candidate. As part of the application process, you are to submit the online application, write an essay, and be interviewed by the Honors Program Coordinators.

At the time of the application, you must have a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA based on 9 or more college credits and have completed or be currently enrolled in at least one honors course or honors contract.

If accepted to be an Honors Program Scholar Candidate, you can then move forward with the following requirements:

  • Maintain a 3.4 or higher GPA
  • Complete four or more honors courses or honors contracts
  • Complete a community engagement project, either on or off campus.
  • Complete a capstone Honors Program Scholar ePortfolio

When you complete all the above requirements, you will receive special recognition as a BCC Honors Program Scholar at the annual Honors Program Celebration, and receive a certificate, gold cord and medal.

To apply to be an Honors Program Scholar, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Hardman at

Contact Us

Alicia Bralove Ramírez, World Languages and Cultures
Phone: 718-289-5649
(Please note: Email is a more efficient way to contact me.)
Office: CO 240
Office hours: Mon: 3-4 p.m. (in person); Weds: 3-4 p.m. (online)
Also available by appointment

Liz Hardman, History
Google Phone: 914-502-9914
Office: CO 344
Office hours:
Mon & Wed: 1:30 – 2:30 PM (and by appointment, in person and on Zoom)



Write an essay of approximately 250-500 words describing your educational goals and explaining the role of the Honors Program in achieving these goals. Make sure to discuss that you possess one or more of the above-mentioned qualities. We prefer essays that deal with a few qualities in detail to those that try to cover all of the qualities. The essay is to be included in the online application.

In the interview we will cover many of the following question areas with you:

  • What are some examples of achievements in academics or in other areas in which you take special pride?
  • When academic or personal obstacles have presented themselves, how have you reacted and responded?
  • What specific talents, abilities and interests would you bring to the Honors Program?
  • In what ways have you demonstrated curiosity and a love of learning?
  • In what kinds of situations have you found it easiest to feel motivated and involved? Hardest to be motivated or involved?
  • What are some of the things you feel the Honors Program should be offering you?
  • What reactions do you have about the possibility for a substantial amount of research or project work, and how have you been involved in team efforts in the past?
  • What have you learned about teamwork or working in groups?
  • In what sorts of learning situations have you felt the most and least challenged?
  • What are your future goals and hopes?

For us, the goal of the interview is to learn as much about you as we can. If there is additional information that you would like us to know, please feel free to bring it up.

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