Honors Program Benefits
The Honors Program offers a variety of community engagement activities, conference and travel opportunities, early acceptance programs and alumni mentorship opportunities to foster community and help students maximize their intellectual and personal talents.
- Join a learning community of academically talented and motivated students
- Attend Honors Program seminars, class trips, and alumni mentoring sessions
- Develop leadership skills through training workshops and service opportunities
- Apply for funding for nationally competitive seminars and programs open only to honors students
- Attend regional and national honors symposia and conferences
- Apply for early acceptance to Texas Tech University medical and law schools
- Receive special access to distinguished ASU speakers
- Obtain Honors designation on transcripts and special graduation regalia and recognition
- Receive support from peer mentors, fellow Honors Program students, during the freshman year
- Have 24-hour access to the Honors Lounge and computer lab
- Live in designated housing in Texan Hall for Honors Program students
- Gain early registration privileges
The ASU Honors Program partners with a number of community groups to provide distinctive opportunities for leadership development, service learning, and cultural awareness. Students are encouraged to engage with the community, develop life-long habits of volunteerism, and prepare for civic leadership roles.
Community Board Initiative: This innovative program places select Honors Program students on the boards of directors of various nonprofit and government agencies in San Angelo. Students learn firsthand the challenges and rewards of board service, how to develop networking skills, and how to better connect to the San Angelo community. Students have the opportunity to contribute new ideas or special technical expertise, assist in finding energetic volunteers for their board’s activities, or even establish support organizations on campus.
Whit Program: The goal of the WHIT (Weekly Hands-on Independent Tutoring) Program is to help children in foster care get up to speed with school. The program works with honors program volunteers to provide free tutoring to help bring each child in foster care up to grade level in reading and math.
Honors Student Association Service Projects: The Honors Student Association provides volunteers for multiple community organizations ranging from children’s services and elder care to literacy.
Honors Student Association Annual Easter Egg Hunt: The students organize and conduct an annual Easter Egg Hunt for local children, complete with games, face painting, and cotton candy. Held on the Saturday before Easter, children hunt for thousands of Easter Eggs on four fields: toddlers, young kids, big kids, and allergy friendly.
Little Free Library: Honors Students have built and maintained two Little Free Library structures to serve the San Angelo Community. Located at Kid’s Kingdom Park and Unidad Park, these small libraries are designed to inspire a love of reading, build community, and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges.
Monthly Skype sessions or campus visits link Honors Program students with outstanding alumni who have used the education they received at ASU as a springboard to exceed expectations and achieve significant career success in fields from the global opera stage to medicine and medical research to information technology.
Alumni provide technical talks that expose our students to the latest developments in specific fields ranging from neuroscience research to e-commerce, as well as inspirational talks based on their own challenges and successes in the global marketplace. These professionals serve as mentors, provide introductions to various areas of expertise, and help identify internship opportunities in high-profile agencies and institutions.