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Leon S. Peters Honors Program

Attention Honors Applicants: We are extending the deadline for the application to this Thursday, January 24th at 5 pm. If you would like to upload your transcript, it does not need to be an official transcript. If you have any questions or problems with the application, contact the coordinator at Honors@fresnocitycollege.edu.

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.


Monday - Friday 
7:30 am - 5:00 pm


Michelle Patton, Coordinator
Email: honors@fresnocitycollege.edu
Phone: 559.442.4600 EXT 8470

Email: Counselor David Shoemaker
Phone: 559.442.8290

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

Program Benefits for Honors Students

  • Earn a Certificate of Honors 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 Colloquium Courses

Honors colloquium courses are special interdisciplinary classes designed to bring Honors Program students together to explore topics or themes that allow students the opportunity to integrate the knowledge obtained from Honors courses. 

Current colloquia include the following emphases: Science, Humanities, Business/Economics/Accounting, Social Science, and Phi Teta Kappa Study Topics and leadership.


Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is 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

Alpha Gamma Sigma is 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.

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Application Process

  • Admission to the Honors Program is conditional upon admission to Fresno City College (FCC). You will, therefore, need to apply to Fresno City College before applying to the Honors Program. Please contact the Admissions and Records Office for further details at 559.442.8228.
  • When you get to the end of the online application, you will be prompted to upload the following (Do not hit submit until you have completed the application and uploaded your documents):
    1. A supporting essay describing your experience and achievements, as evidence of your potential to succeed in a 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. Your essay should be typed, double spaced, a minimum of one page and a maximum of two pages in length.
    2. ONE of the following: Unofficial high school transcript (high school student only), or SAT / ACT scores (high school student only), or unofficial college transcript (if college student transferring to FCC)
  • Two letters of recommendation must be emailed from the recommender to honors@fresnocitycollege.edu.
    At least one of these letters should be from a teacher or instructor who has personally evaluated your work in an academic subject.
    Please ask the person writing your reference to address the qualities which, in their opinion, make you a suitable candidate for entry into the Honors Program; for example intellectual and social maturity, self-motivation, dependability, and any other relevant characteristics.

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For high school seniors

  • 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, and
  • Eligibility for English 1A.

For current FCC students 

  • College GPA of 3.30, and
  • Eligibility for English 1A.

Application requirements for high school seniors and FCC students

  • Two letters of recommendation, and
  • Superior performance on an essay.

The Leon S. Peters Honors Scholarship recognizes the top 25 students participating in the Leon S. Peters Honors Program at Fresno City College. Scholarships of $1000 each will be awarded to students who have completed at least twelve (12) units of transfer courses, six (6) or more of which must be in the Honors Program. In addition, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 and show evidence of active involvement in leadership, public service, or some activity that extends beyond the classroom. The Leon S. Peters Honors Program Scholarship provides support 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.

Any Honors student meeting the above criteria may apply for this scholarship online at Fresno City College Scholarships.

The Leon S. Peters Honors Scholarship online application is available beginning Dec. 3, 2018 and the deadline is March 4, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

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

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