As a member of the Honors College, you are eligible to earn points towards the exclusive Honors College Merit Pin, which you can wear for networking events, interviews, and other professional events!
Student involvement is tracked with event attendance and program participation confirmation from staff. Involvement reviews take place at the end of each academic year and if you are eligible for the HC Merit Pin you will receive an email invitation to the HC Student Engagement Celebration in late April/May.
Requirements & Criteria
Total points needed to earn HC Merit Pin = 10
Students can earn points during their first, second, and third years as members of the Honors College. *Students are not eligible to earn points towards the HC Merit Pin after the completion of their third year at the Honors College.
Once students earn the required 10 points to receive an HC Merit Pin, they are invited in their second (Sophomore), third (Junior), or fourth (Senior) year to the HC Student Engagement Celebration to receive their HC Merit Pin.
Students must be making progress towards Honors College requirements and in good judicial standing at time of review.
Points Checklist/ Levels of Involvement
High Level (worth 5 points)
- 1 year of leadership service at the HC (Changemaking Mentors, HC Lead Ambassador, Diversity Peer Educator, Service Assembly, Student Advisory Board, HCAlly Board Member, HC Resident Assistant, RHA, HC Alternative Break leader, Professional Development Council member, HC Media Team Lead, Wellness Committee member, Affinity Group Leads, HC Undergraduate Interns)
- Participate as an HC Innovation Lab Fellow
- Learn with your HC peers through an Honors Study Abroad class and travel experience
- Serve as a Learning Assistant for an HC class
- Volunteer as an HC Ally mentor, completing all trainings in Socially Responsible Leadership and Mentorship
Mid Level (worth 3 points)
- Learn with your HC peers in an HC Alternative Break experience
- Become a DRC STEAM winter-break week participant
- Serve as an HC Ambassador for an entire academic year
- Write for the HC Blog during an academic year
- Serve as an HC Media Team member
- Join the HC Team for Relay for Life and/or Dance Marathon
- Log all 30 HCserves hours
- Volunteer as a tutor for Asset Based Community Driven Education (A2E)
Low Level (worth 1 point)
Engage in Honors College community, professional development, and tradition events with your HC peers, such as but not limited to...
- Attend a Dinner with the Deans
- Perform at an HC Coffee House
- Become a Giving Day participant
- Volunteer at annual HC Cares Day
- Join and participate in an HC Affinity Group
- Join and participate in the HC Ally program as a first-year mentee
- Attend an 'HC Land of the Free' Series program
- Do an instagram takeover or featured FB post with the HC Director of Communications
- Attend the Annual HC Networking Soiree, Internship & Research 101 Dinner, and/or How to Get Involved in Research event
- Join your HC peers on an Employer Site Visit
- Attend an HC Master Class or Knightly Roundtable with C-Suite professionals and alumni
- Attend a bi-annual Networking through Sport Golf Clinic co-hosted with the Douglass BOLD Center