Hiram College

Eclectic Scholars Honors Program

Take your education to new heights through our Eclectic Scholars Honors Program

If you’re committed, self-motivated and have a curious mind, our options within the Eclectic Scholars Honors Program are perfect for you. We know you’re creative, passionate and civic-minded, so make sure to join our special group of students.

Amber M. Chenoweth Headshot

Amber M. Chenoweth, Ph.D.

Associate Professor; Department Chair of Psychology
Director, Eclectic Scholars Honors Program

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Not Your Typical Honors Program

Our Eclectic Scholars study in diverse academic fields and follow a variety of passions, but all are actively engaged in the energy of Hiram College. We encourage Scholars to grow during their years through leadership in areas like Student Senate, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, athletic teams, clubs, peer mentoring and teaching. The Eclectic Honors program will help you become the person you want to be. What will you bring to the community of Eclectic Scholars?

Eclectic Scholar Advantages

As an Eclectic Scholar, you can take your experiences and opportunities for academic enrichment, professional development and interdisciplinary discourse to the new heights. Some of those perks include:

  • Priority registration

  • Tuition-free over hours
  • Honors housing learning community

  • An honors lounge

  • Graduation with honors
  • Additional scholarship opportunities

Acceptance Criteria

Hiram prides itself on looking at the whole student and has no hard GPA requirement for the Eclectic Scholars Honors Program even though GPA is considered. The following credentials are recommended:

  • 3.6 or higher high school GPA
  • One of the following enrichment experiences:
    • 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 entrepreneurial endeavor
    • Involvement in environmental or sustainability clubs or efforts
  • A curiosity or desire to explore complex, interdisciplinary issues and ideas

Make sure you apply for the Honors program after submitting their Hiram College application. After you apply, you’ll interview with a faculty representative of the Honors program.

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)