Presidents' Scholar Program
Please note: State law now requires that a person who is not a citizen or legal resident of the United States or who is without lawful immigration status is not entitled to classification as an in-state student pursuant to A.R.S. Section 15-1802 or entitled to classification as a county resident pursuant to A.R.S. Section 15-1802.01.
According to state law, a person who is not a citizen of the United States, who is without lawful immigration status, and who is enrolled at any community college under the jurisdiction of an Arizona community college district is not entitled to tuition waivers, grants, scholarship assistance, financial aid, tuition assistance or any other type of financial assistance that is subsidized or paid in whole or in part with state monies.
For those who qualify, the Presidents' scholarship pays full-time tuition (a dollar amount equal to 15 credit hours in-county) and registration fee (award amount varies with cost of tuition) for up to 4 consecutive fall and spring semesters of MCCD course work. Students must enroll as full-time students (minimum of 12 credit hours each semester, Pass/Fail credits excluded).
Presidents' Scholarship by Class Rank
New students who are recent (current year) graduates from an accredited high school within Maricopa County may apply for the Presidents' Scholarship. The scholarship pays full-time tuition (a dollar amount equal to 15 credit hours in-county) and registration fee (award amount varies with cost of tuition) for up to 4 consecutive fall and spring semesters of MCCD course work. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must verify that they rank in the top fifteen (15%) of their graduating class (Semesters 6, 7, or 8), and they must enroll as full-time students (minimum of 12 credit hours each semester, Pass/Fail credits excluded) in the academic year following high school graduation. Our application states:
Verify rank in the top 15 percent of his/her NCA-accredited Maricopa County high school class in the sixth, seventh, or eighth semester AND, at the time of application, have either tested into at least ENG 101 (with a minimum WritePlacer score of 5), MAT 120, and CRE 101, or have successfully completed, at an MCCCD college, the requisite course work for placement into at least ENG 101, MAT 120, and CRE 101.
Presidents' Scholarship by Placement Test Scores
New students who are recent (current year) graduates from an accredited high school within Maricopa County with class rank below 15% or those students who graduate from non-accredited Maricopa programs such as charter or home schools or who have completed a GED program may apply. Proof of completion is required. Our application states:
Students who complete secondary education programs or are home schooled in Maricopa County may qualify via placement test scores. To qualify, students must achieve the following scores on the Maricopa Community College placement test:
- English: WritePlacer score of 6 or higher,
- Reading: Exemption from CRE101, AND
- Math: Placement in MAT120 or higher
To retain the Presidents' Scholarship, students must
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, including all dual enrollment courses taken prior to high school graduation and a C or better in the honors course taken each semester;
- Enroll in and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours 100 level or higher (Pass/Fail credits excluded) each fall and spring semester;
- Enroll in and complete Honors Courses as required by the program each semester;
- Maintain continuous enrollment for four semesters (summer sessions excluded).
How scholarship is dispersed
Presidents' Scholars will have their fee due date on their billing statement deferred until the first week of class. At that time, the scholarship amount will be applied to the student's account. Students must pay any fees over the scholarship amount by the date on the billing statement.
Presidents' Scholars who are in good standing after the completion of one semester of Honors coursework at a Maricopa Community College may apply for the deferment of their Presidents' Scholarship for the purpose of taking part in activities that would interrupt their required continuous enrollment at the Maricopa Community Colleges. See the Deferment application for more information.
NOTE: Failure to comply with the above requirements will result in loss of scholarship (which cannot be reinstated). For all copies of contracts, applications, and deferment forms go to Application Forms.
See the Presidents' Scholar FAQ for additional information.
You may submit applications to the Honors Office in SC162, or you may mail applications to the following address:
Attn: Honors Program
Honors Office: SC162
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
2626 E. Pecos Rd.
Chandler, Arizona 85225-2499
For more information on the Honors Program contact: