Community of Scholars Frequently Asked Questions
What are some of the benefits of being a member of the Community of Scholars?
Scholarship opportunities, smaller class sizes, closer interaction with professors and educational field trips are just a few of the perks that come along with being a member of the program. Recent trips have included visits to a variety of museums throughout the state. Honors students also have early registration privileges each semester, and will be noted at graduation as being a member of the program. Honors graduates have a special decal placed on their diploma and college transcript noting completion of program requirements. Some Community of Scholars members also have the opportunity to participate in annual honors conferences held at the state and regional level each year.
When and where are honors classes offered?
Honors courses are normally offered only in the Fall and Spring semesters each year. Honors classes are offered on the Ocala and Citrus campuses, and typically meet one afternoon a week in a 3 hour time block. See the list of honors courses for current class offerings and the semester they are usually taught.
What requirements must I meet to qualify for a scholarship through the Community of Scholars?
To maintain eligibility for receipt of a scholarship through the Community of Scholars, students must maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA on all college level coursework attempted. Students must be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours minimum) and be enrolled in at least one honors course in the semester they expect to receive a scholarship. Additionally, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year. (Eligibility for federal grants or loans will not affect receipt of Community of Scholars monies). Community of Scholars scholarships are available only in the Fall and Spring semesters. NOTE: Students whose GPA drops below 3.3 may have their scholarship deferred until the end of the semester. The funds will be released only upon satisfactory completion of coursework and attainment of the required GPA. The number of scholarships available depends upon funding levels.
I have a Bright Futures scholarship in addition to the Community of Scholars funds I have been awarded. Am I able to get money from both sources?
Yes, the Community of Scholars scholarship is added to other scholarships, such as Bright Futures, that you may be eligible for. Since your scholarships may total more than your cost of tuition each Fall and Spring, you will normally receive a check for the additional money that is not used for tuition. These funds can be used to offset the cost of textbooks or to help prepare for eventual transfer to a four-year institution.
What degrees fit best with the requirements of the Community of Scholars?
Students pursuing any AA or AS degree may join the Community of Scholars. However, students enrolled in an AA degree will find that the honors classes tend to fit best with their overall program of study. Specifically, students seeking majors with few pre-requisites for transfer will find they can easily take the required honors courses as part of their overall AA degree. Since AS degrees tend to focus on more specific hands-on courses, membership in the Community of Scholars would require additional classes beyond those necessary for completing the degree requirements. Students are encouraged to work with Mr. Kirk to facilitate graduating from the program in as timely a manner as possible.
Is the Community of Scholars a student club or organization? Are there volunteer commitments that are expected of me if I join?
Membership in the Community of Scholars is based primarily on your academic performance. Members must maintain a minimum 3.3 overall GPA, take the appropriate honors courses before graduation, and complete two service learning activities each year. Students in the Community of Scholars often become members and leaders of a variety of student clubs and organizations on campus. Honors students are encouraged to be active members of the college community, as those extra-curricular activities can be important in applying for transfer scholarships. Students also have the opportunity to attend a variety of educational field trips and honors conferences during their time at CF—however, attendance at these activities is not required but rather an additional benefit of the program.
I see some honors classes listed in the course catalog that are not listed on the status sheet for Track 1 or Track 2. Are these classes not offered any longer?
Some courses such as HUM1020H - Honors Introduction to the Humanities have been taught in the past. However, they are not taught in the honors format at the current time. The status sheets are up to date with the courses that are currently available to honors students. An additional course, ISS 2936, is a one credit hour class that can be taken as an independent study by students needing one credit hour for any reason. This course uses material provided by Phi Theta Kappa to explore an issue of current interest in our society. Contact Mr. Kirk for more information about this course.
I have heard that CF has an apartment complex near the campus. Are there scholarships available for honors students who wish to live there?
College Square Apartments is owned by the CF Foundation, and is located right across the street from the college’s main rear entrance. For information about facilities and leasing costs, contact 237-3334. At times, College Square has provided partial housing scholarships to members of the Community of Scholars. Contact Mr. Kirk to determine the availability of such scholarships at this time.
Who is eligible to join Track 1 of the Community of Scholars?
Each Fall semester, CF works with school officials in Marion, Citrus and Levy counties to identify graduating high school seniors who are viable candidates for the Community of Scholars. Students with a minimum 3.75 weighted GPA are sent a letter introducing the program in January, and an application for membership. Students whose GPA falls below the minimum requirement may still apply to the program if they are recommended by their high school counselor or an instructor.
What scholarship opportunities are available to students in Track 1 of the program?
29 area high school students are selected each year for admission into Track 1 of the Community of Scholars. These students are eligible to receive $1,500 scholarships per fall and spring semesters for two years. Note the conditions of eligibility that must be met to maintain the scholarship. Failure to maintain any of these conditions will result in loss of further scholarship funds.
How many honors classes must I complete to fulfill requirements for graduating as part of Track 1 of the Community of Scholars?
Students in Track 1 of the Community of Scholars must complete a total of 6 honors courses before graduation from CF. One class should be taken from each of the 4 academic areas covered by the program (Communications, Humanities, Social Science and Science/Technology). See the attached Track 1 Status Sheet for specifics about course offerings. Students enrolled in a major with a high number of technical pre-requisites (e.g., Engineering, pre-Med) are exempted from taking a class in the Science/Technology area and can complete Community of Scholars requirements by taking just 5 honors courses before graduation. All Track 1 students must complete SLS2261: Leadership Development as one of their honors courses.
I have already earned college credit hours through dual enrollment, or I expect to earn credit through AP exams, CLEP or the International Baccalaureate program. How will that affect my application for Track 1 of the Community of Scholars?
Track 1 students must complete 6 honors courses before graduation from CF, and completion of these courses is best done over a two year period. However, our selection committee realizes that many students hope to leave CF in less time than two years.
It is not normally feasible to complete the honors courses required in one academic year, so preference is given to students who plan to attend CF for at least a year and a half. The goal of our committee is to find students who can utilize the scholarship opportunity for the longest period of time and who will also be at CF long enough to become an active member of the college environment. Committee members take into account the number of credit hours a student plans to have completed when they enroll full-time at CF, the major they plan to pursue and the date they expect to graduate. Even if you expect to graduate from CF in one year, you are still encouraged to apply to the program because your intended major may require courses that will keep you here longer than you plan.
Who is eligible to join Track 2 of the Community of Scholars?
Any currently enrolled CF student or incoming transfer student with a 3.3 or higher cumulative college GPA is eligible to join the Community of Scholars. Any incoming freshman with a 3.3 or higher high school GPA is also eligible to apply for the program. If you are interested in applying, download the Track 2 application and submit it to the Honors Program Advisor.
What scholarship opportunities are available to students in Track 2 of the program?
CF has a limited number of partial tuition scholarships available to students in Track 2 of the Community of Scholars. These scholarships are for $750 per semester, and are available for the Fall and Spring semesters. Contact Mr. Kirk to determine the availability of possible scholarships for the upcoming semester.
How many honors classes must I complete to fulfill requirements for graduating as part of Track 2 of the Community of Scholars?
Students in Track 2 of the Community of Scholars must complete a total of 4 honors courses before graduation from CF. One class should be taken from each of the 4 academic areas covered by the program (Communications, Humanities, Social Science and Science/Technology). See the attached Track 2 Status Sheet for specifics about course offerings. Students enrolled in a major with a high number of technical pre-requisites (e.g., Engineering, pre-Med) are exempted from taking a class in the Science/Technology area and can complete Community of Scholars requirements by taking just 3 honors courses before graduation.