Hiram Eclectic Scholars Honors Program

The Hiram College Eclectic Scholars Program aims to serve committed, self-motivated, intellectually curious students with an enriched undergraduate liberal arts education. Toward this end, it provides opportunities for creative, interdisciplinary scholarship; intimate interactions with renowned scholars in Hiram’s Centers of Distinction; and professional career development. 

This Honors Program offers more than just an asterisk on students' diplomas.

Learn about the Honors advantage.

Applying for the Program

Interested students should fill out one of eight Honors supplement applications, in addition to the Hiram College application. Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2015. Please choose the area below that best aligns with your academic or career interests and submit the application.

Students accepted into the Honors Program may receive an additional scholarship in their Financial Aid award. 



Honors students may pursue any major or course of study, and will be welcomed to Hiram in their first year by one of our Centers of Distinction that align to their areas of interest. Centers are foci for interdisciplinary study on campus, bringing in scholars, and creating internships and research opportunities for students alongside Hiram faculty. Honors students will be closely involved in the academic life of the Hiram, with extraordinary access to featured speakers, lectures and artists brought to the Hiram campus each year.

Acceptance Criteria

Entrance into the Eclectic Scholars Honors Program is not based on GPA and test scores, though the program is meant for academically ambitious students who are hungry to learn. We seek applicants that can demonstrate the following types of interest or experience:

  • Creating or holding a leadership position in an academic or social club
  • Leading or participating in a community volunteer effort such as Relay for Life or Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Working in or volunteering at a social service agency or hospital in order to make a difference in others' lives
  • Participation in independent research or other academic project
  • Showed an entrepreneurial spirit through ideas and actions
  • Involvement in environmental or sustainability clubs or efforts

Why the Eclectic?

Western Reserve Eclectic Institute (now Hiram College) was founded in 1850. The Eclectic Institute was named as such to demonstrate that it would not follow any one mold, but remain free to choose an educational model demanded by the times. Hiram has always recognized the need to prepare students for diverse careers.

"From this place would go forth men of ample moral and mental growth to fill stations of honor and usefulness in all departments of social life." 

(Hiram College and Western Reserve Eclectic Institute: Fifty Years of History, 1850-1900; F.M. Green, 1901)
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Learn More:

If you have questions about the program or application process, please contact:

Acacia Parks, Eclectic Scholars Honors Program director,
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