By: Dr. Andrew Yox, Honors Director
Honors Northeast, the Northeast Texas Community College Honors Program, is pleased to announce its Honors Students for the 2023-2024 school year. This includes seven Presidential Scholars and nineteen Honors Scholars.
The NTCC Board of Trustees established Honors Northeast in the spring of 2007. Geared to attract top high school graduates and college students, the program has received generous support from both outside donors, and a team of NTCC administrators and professors. Each year, NTCC honors students have presented research at the Walter Prescott Webb Society of Texas (WPWS), the Great Plains Honors Council (GPHC) and the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC). As listed on the Wall of Honor Page of the NTCC honors website of (ntcc.edu/honors), NTCC honors students have won thirty-two State of Texas Caldwell Awards, ten Boe Awards of the Great Plains Honors Council, eight Britt Poster Awards of the GPHC, and on the national level, twenty-one Leaders of Promise, twenty-one Coca Cola Awards, three Hites Awards, two Pearsons, eight Guistwhite Awards, and eleven exclusive Jack Kent Cooke scholarships. NTCC Scholars also have published twenty-seven essays in refereed scholarly journals since 2009. They have presented segments of eight feature-length films at national meetings of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), the only honors program in the nation to feature a collaborative, creative project of this nature, every year from 2013 to 2018, and from 2020 to 2022.
Presidential Scholars are the top scholarship winners. They usually receive enough to cover tuition, books and fees, with a stipend left to spare. Several receive both foundation and institutional scholarships. Honors Scholars receive lesser amounts, but rank can be misleading. Their rise to distinction might be both recent and rapid. As the Honors Committee has limited numbers of Presidential Scholarships to award, the timing of a student’s application makes a difference. But all scholars participate in all NTCC Honors activities and seminars. The NTCC Honors Committee selects students based on academic performance, a personal essay and letters of recommendation. The program has averaged nine student trips a year. Since its beginning, community benefactors have financed free trips in the spring and fall, amenities, and special award opportunities.
“Our student body at NTCC is diverse, and the range of talents, impressive,” notes Dr. Andrew Yox, Honors Director. “The twenty-six scholars of Honors Northeast are not necessarily the smartest students, or the best learners. But they are the creative vanguard of the college–publishing essays, dominating all college-wide poetry and poster contests, featuring their own feature-length films, appearing on the radio, and making honors and professional presentations each year. Because of the support they receive from donors, faculty and administration, our honors students are very competitive on the national level in terms of awards and scholarships.”
Aside from receiving a scholarship to attend NTCC, Honors and Presidential Scholars enroll in three, six-to-seven-hour seminars during their two-year stay at NTCC. All honors students participate in the fall Northeast Texas Poetry contest, the spring McGraw Hill Poster contest, and submit abstracts, and papers for major state, regional and national presentations, awards and publications.
Click below to view the full list of 2023-2024 Presidential Scholars and Honors Scholars: