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James Graham Brown Honors Program

High school seniors of exceptional academic ability are eligible to apply for admission to the Thomas More Honors Program. Students accepted into the program can receive full-tuition James Graham Brown Honors Scholarships, and they participate in a special program of Honors Seminars, Community Experience, and the opportunity for advanced research (a Fellowship) in their majors under the direction of Honors professors. This small program not only enhances the educational experience of academically superior students, and provides them with tuition-free scholarships, but also provides Honors students with exceptional college credentials for future experiences or graduate school opportunities.

Interested students may obtain an application form from Justin Vogel, Assistant Director of Admissions, vogelc@thomasmore.edu, 859-344-3307.


Minimum qualifications to be considered for the Honors Program are:

  • an ACT score of 28 or SAT score of 1240 (critical reading + math);
  • a cumulative GPA of 3.6;
  • a completed application which includes:
    • three letters of recommendation (attesting to academic merit and character);
    • written essay;
    • resume highlighting community service.

The Honors Committee selects, from among those who are eligible to apply, students who show the highest scholastic ability based on their grades, a written essay on an assigned topic, letters of recommendation, as well as outstanding character and personal qualities that add to the Honors Program. For all finalists, an on-campus interview will be conducted.

The Honors Committee makes appointments at the end of each spring semester to fill vacancies in the program created by graduating Honors students. To fulfill their JGB Honors Program commitment, Thomas More Honors students must register each semester for a full-time program of at least 15 credits, including the Honors Seminar (3 credits) or Community Service or Fellowship project. In the first semester of the first year, FYS is taken in lieu of the Seminar.

Honors students must maintain a high quality of performance in written material, verbal presentation, and critical judgment in all areas of the Honors Program. They must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or better (rounding up is not permitted). Students who do not maintain quality performance or exhibit major deficiencies of character will be removed from the program, subject to the appeal procedures of the College.

Thomas More Scholars

Honors students are initially appointed as Honors Scholars. During this period of the program, students must complete the minimum requirements of completing an Honors requirement each semster. two Honors Seminars and one full year (90 hours) of Community Service. Every student must fulfill an Honors Program every semester (Seminar or Service or Fellowship as detailed below).

  • Seminars: classes exclusive to Honors Members
  • Service: community service of a student's choice or tutoring through John G. Carlisle
  • Fellowships: higher level research with professors

Additionally JGB Honors Program students will be expected to participate in all Honors Program activities such as a welcome luncheon, the bi-annual Honors Retreat Weekends, the leadership workshops, lectures, and cultural opportunities.

Thomas More Scholars must complete at least two Honors seminars and an approved Community Service experience (3 credits) and have finished the junior year as minimum requirements for advancement to the optional Fellowship level of the program.

Honors Graduates

Thomas More graduates who have completed a Fellowship will wear the Thomas More Medal at graduation and receive a special Diploma noting the Fellowship.

All recipients of James Graham Brown Honors Scholarships, Scholars and Fellows, and all Honors professors, become life-members of the James Graham Brown Honors Society, which meets several times per year to re-unite the graduates of the Honors Program in social activities and service projects.