Honors Advising & Scholarships

Honors students say:

"She boosts my morale every time I go in... She makes me feel like she remembers me and that I'm not just another student."

"They know everything needed for me to graduate on time and make the most of my experience here at VCU."


Honors-specific advising is an excellent benefit of membership in the Honors College. Honors students are required to meet with an Honors advisor once each semester during their freshman year and are strongly encouraged to continue this habit as upperclassmen. Honors advisors are valuable resources who help students stay on track with Honors requirements and serve as a liaison to the departmental advisor. Students begin meeting with departmental advisors simultaneously beginning in their sophomore year.



The Honors College provides more than $50,000 in scholarships each year to Honors students. Scholarships are awarded for the academic year, and Honors students may apply each year. Scholarships opportunities are available for incoming freshmen, transfer and continuing VCU Honors College students. In addition, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers a variety of scholarships for incoming students.  

Learn more about Honors scholarships and apply here


National Scholarship Office

The National Scholarship Office recruits and prepares Honors students (and others) who are applying for (inter)nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships. Many of these awards will help Honors students and recent alumni to pursue opportunities to study abroad or attend graduate school.


National Merit Scholars

Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who notify the National Merit Scholarship Corporation by May 31 that VCU is their first-choice institution, and who apply to VCU by the November 15 scholarship deadline, are eligible for a VCU Presidential Scholarship. If you are a National Merit Scholarship Program participant and have questions about this award, please contact Lindsay Coleman in the Office of Admissions at (804) 827-1760.  All National Merit Scholarship Finalists who apply to the Honors College are guaranteed admission into the Honors College as well.

National Merit Scholars at Virginia Commonwealth University have the opportunity to create an individualized experience that meets their unique goals and aspirations. The Honors College enhances this experience through:

  • Peer mentoring with other National Merit Scholars at VCU
  • Access to university administration to learn about all that VCU offers students and how to use those resources
  • Intentional advising from Honors College academic advisors that maximizes student success
  • Specialized programming to connect students to research and study-abroad opportunities
  • Scholarships for conference attendance, research and study-abroad opportunities

Through all of these offerings, NMS at VCU hopes to assist students in reaching their goals and defining their experience.