The Moreau Honors Program

Students in Stonehill College’s Moreau Honors Program form lasting habits of reflection, assessment and discernment through intellectual engagement, service learning, community involvement and team building.  An active and close-knit community, highly motivated to succeed in matters of both the mind and heart, Moreau Honors students take control over their learning as they uncover new interests and develop new skills.

Selection Process

The Moreau Honors Program generally draws its members from applicants whose high school experiences demonstrate strong academic, extracurricular, service, and leadership qualities. Students interested in being considered for the Moreau Honors Program are encouraged to apply when they submit their common application for admission to the College.

The Admission Committee works in concert with the Director of the Moreau Honors Program and the Dean of Academic Achievement in the review and selection of candidates. The Committee actively seeks those students who feel as though they will thrive in the close-knit culture described above and who are motivated by the thoughtful, creative, self-reflective, and globally minded character of the Moreau Honors Program. If you have any questions regarding the program itself please contact the director at

Required Essay

In order to be considered for the Program, students must submit an essay (600 words max) that addresses the following prompt.


The following quotation is from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: “Who are YOU?” said the Caterpillar. This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, “I–I hardly know, sir, just at present– at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.”

Provide a response in which you address the following: “Describe one or more experiences and how they have played a significant role in shaping the person you are today. Be sure to answer the Caterpillar’s question, ‘Who are YOU?’ and also who you hope to become in the future.”

Essay Submission

Students have the option of submitting their essays when they submit their Common Application or via email to Please note that all essays must be submitted before the following application deadlines:


  • Early Action: November 1
  • Early Decision: December 1
  • Early Decision II: February 1
  • Regular Decision: January 15

Notification of Acceptance

Students are typically notified of their acceptance into the Honors Program two to three weeks following an offer of admission to the College. 

Curriculum that Puts You at the Center

Access to Enhanced Learning Opportunities

Honors Scholars are encouraged to contribute to the intellectual, cultural and ethical life of the College. In exchange, they enjoy many benefits, including:

  • Small, seminar-style honors courses capped at 20 students
  • Priority registration for all courses
  • Participation in honors-specific co-curricular activities and learning opportunities
  • Leadership grant opportunities to fund participation at scholarly conferences
  • Special transcript notation of honors status
  • Recognition at graduation
  • Advising by Honors Program Director and honors faculty
  • Letters of verification that describe the program and list specific honors coursework completed by the student
“The Honors Program has given me the opportunity and the skills to become a leader both within the program and in the broader Stonehill community.”
 Emily Dumont '14, Moreau Honors Scholar

Grant Funds to Supplement Your Honors Work

All Honors Scholars have the opportunity to apply for Moreau Honors Leadership Grants, awarded to support student leadership, research and conference presentations. Recent awards include:

  • Funding to attend the 2015 Social Justice Conference in Chicago, Illinois
  • Funding for travel to Sardinia, Italy, to help a farmer develop his “agriturismo” through the group Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms
  • Funding for field equipment for a thesis project titled “Comparative foraging behavior of two generalist tyrant flycatcher (Tyrannidae) species in Belize”
  • Funding to help defray costs for the Medical School Application Preparation EXtreme (APEX) program at the University of South Carolina during the beginning of June (APEX is a five day enrichment program that strives to broaden the knowledge and outlook of pre-medical students)
  • Funding for travel to present at the Humanities Education and Research Association in Washington, DC, on safe spaces in classrooms for students of color and women in higher education

Graduation Requirements

To graduate as a Moreau Honors Scholar, you must successfully complete a minimum of 15 credits in Honors courses in addition to the Honors First-Year Seminar and the Honors Senior Seminar. Honors Scholars must earn at least 3.50 cumulative and Honors GPAs.

Moreau Honors Scholar Medallion

Students who fulfill the requirements of the Honors Program graduate from the College with the special designation "Moreau Honors Scholar" and receive a distinctive medallion at Commencement to emphasize this status and wear it over their robes.

Graduate schools and employers are always on the lookout for exceptional candidates, those who have distinguished themselves personally and professionally. The status of Moreau Honors Scholar signals uncommon character and academic accomplishment and enhances other achievements featured on a curriculum vitae or résumé.

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