Leon S. Peters Honors Program

The Leon S. Peters Honors Program at Fresno City College provides an enriched education experience to recognize and meet the needs of academically excellent students. Honors courses are innovative and reflect the instructor's’ interest in and commitment to the students’ academic, intellectual, cultural, and social development.

Appointments

Honors Program counseling appointments are provided through the Transfer Center.

You can schedule an appointment online, over the phone: 559.442.8290, or in person.

Applications

Honors Program Brochure

Contact

Julio Trevino
Coordinator, Honors Program

Aaron Pankratz
Chair, Honors Program Advisory Committee

David Shoemaker
Lead Counselor, Honors Program

Fresno City College
Attn: Honors Program Office
1101 E University Avenue
Fresno, CA 93741

honors@fresnocitycollege.edu

Program Benefits for Honors Students

  • Earn a Certificate of Honors (F.5331.CN) at graduation and recognition of Honors courses on transcripts
  • Study with experienced and highly-qualified faculty
  • Receive educational counseling and transfer assistance from specially trained Honors counselors
  • Faculty mentors
  • Receive priority for early registration of classes
  • Obtain advice on scholarships and other financial opportunities
  • Participate in cultural, social, and intellectually stimulating educational activities
  • Improve opportunities for transfer to a four-year college or university
  • Eligible to apply for the Leon S. Peters Honors Scholarship

Special Features that Enrich Honors Study

Honors Research Symposium

The SCCCD Honors Research Symposium is an opportunity for students to engage in research as an undergraduate. All students taking honors classes throughout the district are invited to apply to present their poster research at this event. Awards are given to the top student proposals and top student posters. 

On the day of the symposium, students whose proposals have been accepted display their posters in a large room. During the poster session, students stand in front of their posters, discussing their research with conference attendees and addressing their questions about their projects.

Leon S Peters Scholarship

The Leon S. Peters Scholarship provides $1,000 for exceptional Fresno City College students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance and exemplify Mr. Peters’ belief in the importance of quality education.

Mr. Peters was born on a farm southeast of Fresno and attended school in the Fowler area. He was President of Valley Foundry and Machine Works which manufactured winemaking equipment, including tanks, crushers and presses. During WWII, the business manufactured ship winches and valves for the armed forces.

Mr. Peters was involved in hundreds of causes and projects in the San Joaquin Valley, including making Fresno Community Hospital one of the area’s major health care institutions. His community service work was extensive as he believed in a strong commitment to the community. He was a dynamic figure in the business, cultural and civic life in Fresno.

Honor Societies

Phi Theta Kappa

- the international honor society for two-year colleges. The organization stresses scholarship, leadership, fellowship, and service. The national organization supports local chapters and develops an annual study topic. Renowned scholars prepare the course outline and study topic materials.

Alpha Gamma Sigma

- the California Community College Scholastic Honors Society. The purposes of AGS are to promote scholastic excellence and cultivate civic responsibility. Applications are available on the AGS website and in the Social Science Division office.

View Clubs on Campus

Applications

Eligibility criteria for high school seniors (meet one):

  • GPA of 3.50 (4.00 scale) OR
  • GPA ranking within the top 25th percentile of your high school class OR
  • Combined scores of 1200 on the SAT or a composite score of 24 on the ACT

Application period:

  • Open: December 1
  • Deadline: January 18 at 11:59pm

You will need the following items to complete the application:

  1. FCC ID number (if you need to apply to Fresno City College, go to: www.fresnocitycollege.edu/apply)
  2. Current high school transcripts
  3. Any AP or IB score reports
  4. Email addresses for two references. 
  5. If you are using your ACT or SAT scores to meet eligibility you will need a copy of your score report.

Personal Statement:

As part of the application, you will write a supporting essay describing your educational experience and achievements as evidence of your potential to succeed in the Fresno City College Honors Program. You may wish to include your school or community activities, paid or volunteer work, hobbies, interests, and any special skills or accomplishments. Additionally, this essay should exhibit your skills in writing a college level essay. We encourage you to be mindful of spelling, grammar, and style.

  • Your essay should be between 250 - 500 words
  • Write your essay before beginning and then "paste" it into the application.

Once you have all of your materials together, start the application and plan to complete it in one sitting.

Send any questions to honors@fresnocitycollege.edu


Begin Application

Eligibility criteria for students with 0-11 units of college credit:

  • High School GPA of 3.50 (4.00 scale) OR
  • High School GPA ranking within the top 25th percentile of your high school class OR
  • Combined scores of 1200 on the SAT or a composite score of 24 on the ACT

Eligibility criteria for students with 12 or more units of college credit:

  • College GPA of 3.30

Application Period:

  • Open: September 1
  • Deadline: April at 11:59pm

You will need the following items to complete the application:

  1. FCC ID number (if you need to apply to Fresno City College, go to: www.fresnocitycollege.edu/apply)
  2. Final high school transcripts
  3. Transcripts for any college credit earned (not necessary for Fresno City College, Clovis Community College or Reedley College)
  4. Any AP or IB score reports
  5. Email addresses for two references
  6. If you are using your ACT or SAT scores to meet eligibility you will need a copy of your score report

Personal Statement:

As part of the application, you will write a supporting essay describing your educational experience and achievements as evidence of your potential to succeed in the Fresno City College Honors Program. You may wish to include your school or community activities, paid or volunteer work, hobbies, interests, and any special skills or accomplishments. Additionally, this essay should exhibit your skills in writing a college level essay. We encourage you to be mindful of spelling, grammar, and style.

  • Your essay should be between 250 - 500 words.
  • Write your essay before beginning and then "paste" it into the application.

Once you have all of your materials together, start the application and plan to complete it in one sitting.

Send any questions to honors@fresnocitycollege.edu

Begin Application

The Leon S. Peters Honors Scholarship recognizes the top 25 students participating in the Leon S. Peters Honors Program at Fresno City College with $1,000 scholarships.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Current FCC Honors Program student in good standing
  • Completed at least twelve units of transfer courses
  • Completed at least six units of Honors Program courses
  • A current GPA of 3.50 or more
  • show evidence of active involvement in leadership, public service, or some activity that extends beyond the classroom

Application period:

  • Open: October 1
  • Deadline: March 2 at 11:59pm

The Leon S. Peters Scholarship is awarded at the end of the Spring term each year.

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