Hill Scholars Honors Program

  • Hill Scholar Honors Program
  • Hill Scholar : Admissions Requirements

    Students in the Hill Scholars Program comprise high school's highest achieving students, as well as motivated non-traditional students. Students' course load, academic accomplishments, and extracurricular and leadership activities are all strong factors in the admissions process.

    Students are accepted into the program on the basis of grade point average in their college-preparation courses, teacher or guidance counselor recommendations, an admissions essay, standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, AP, etc.) and satisfactory performance on the college's placement tests for math, reading and writing. Students either rank in the top 15% of their graduating class or have a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.2+.

    Official college entrance exam scores (SAT or ACT from College Board) are optional for fall 2021 applicants. Many students place with their high school grade point average, or, after review the committee may ask for placement testing at the College. You will not be at a disadvantage for fall 2021 if you have not taken the SAT/ACT due to lack of test availability during Covid restrictions. 

    Hill Scholar : How to Apply

    Apply using the steps below. Application deadlines are as follows:

    Early Action

    Early Action Deadline is December 18, 2020 – Application and completion of FAFSA due.

    Late February, 2021 – Notification of Early Action admission decisions

    May 1, 2020 – Accepted applicant reply deadline

    Regular Admission

    Regular Decision Deadline is February 19, 2021

    Mid April 2021 – Notification of admission to applicant

    May 1, 2020 – Accepted applicant reply deadline

    Application Steps:

    1. Go to the application login page at: www.carrollcc.edu/applynow
    2. Log in using the same username and password that you created when completing your main Carroll Community College application. Use the reset link at the bottom of the page if you don’t remember your login information.
    3. The Hill Scholars Application will become visible during the open application period after the main college application has been submitted. If you have not completed the Carroll Community College Application, please complete that first.
    4. Click on the Hill Scholars Application link to complete the online form. This portion of the application requires:
      • Your class rank (found on your high school transcript)
      • Official college entrance exam scores (SAT or ACT from College Board) are optional for fall 2021 applicants. Many students place with their high school grade point average, or, after review the committee may ask for placement testing at the College. You will not be at a disadvantage for fall 2021 if you have not taken the SAT/ACT due to lack of test availability during COVID restrictions.
      • Official Advance Placement Test Scores (optional)
      • Admission Essay
    5. Once you have completed your Hill Scholar Application, return to the applications Overview page and use the “Send Request” links to send:
      • Two Teacher/Counselor Recommendation requests - You will need your teacher or counselor’s email address.
      • One School Report request - Send this to your guidance counselor.
    6. If you are not able to complete the form online, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@carrollcc.edu or 410-386-8430 to receive a PDF copy of the application to print, complete on paper, and mail back.

    Hill Scholar : Financial Aid

    All students are encouraged to apply for merit and need-based scholarships to the Hill Scholars Program and for other types of student financial aid. The Financial Aid Program at Carroll Community College is designed to assist eligible students in meeting their College-related expenses.

    Financial assistance is provided through scholarships, grants, and employment opportunities. Financial need is determined through a careful review of all information supplied on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be completed online at fafsa.ed.gov.

    To be considered, follow these simple steps:

    1. Visit the Scholarships page on our Financial Aid page
    2. Click on 'Apply today' to create a profile and answer some simple questions so that we can provide you with scholarship options that fit your eligibility.
    3. Apply before the April 3rd deadline

      • Hill Scholars Take Learning to the Next Level

        The Hill Scholars Program is a selective admission honors cohort program for entering first-year college students that includes honors courses linked by a common theme, seminars and extracurricular opportunities. The program offers students enriched learning experiences that foster intellectual inquiry, critical thinking skills, a passion for lifelong learning and an active community of students and faculty working together.  

        At the end of the two-year program, students earn an associate degree as well as the Hill Scholar designation. Scholarships are available for qualified students.

        Hill Scholar Program Benefits

        • Cohort model - Hill Scholars receive all the advantages inherent in a cohort program, including team building and leadership skills, a built-in support network of peers and faculty and a safe environment to learn reflection and collaboration.
        • Small class size - Courses within the program are limited to 20 students and guarantee personal interaction with highly-motivated faculty helping them to achieve their educational goals. 
        • Transfer planning - An academic advisor dedicated to the Hill Scholars program assists students in highlighting their competitive edge when applying to transfer institutions.
        • Special Events - Seminars in leadership, transfer options, service-learning and decision-making contribute to the real-world aspects of the program.  The academic experience of each Hill Scholar is further enriched by guest speakers, field trips and retreats.


        Hill Scholars take two of the designated core honors courses in English, History, Speech, Diversity, Anthropology and Psychology and a one-credit honors seminar (Honors 101, Honors 102, Honors 201, Honors 202) each term for four consecutive terms. Seminars include themes focused on areas of service-learning, teamwork and professional/civic leadership, personal/career development, transfer preparation and opportunities for study abroad. The remaining credits per full-time semester include courses based on the requirements for the student's specified major. 

        Throughout the program, Hill Scholars participate in co-curricular activities that support the common elements of the program outside of the college and in the community.

        To learn more download Hill Scholars Viewbook


        Hill Scholars can expect to transfer to the college or university of their choice to complete their junior and senior years. 

        Carroll Community College and the Hill Scholars Program have special transfer agreements with the following local and national four-year colleges and universities:   

        In addition, Carroll maintains articulation agreements with all Maryland public colleges and universities, as well as many private and out-of-state institutions, including:

      • New Students Apply at carrollcc.edu/applynow, then follow instructions for Hill Scholars.
        Current Dual Enrollment students log into your existing application, then follow Hill Scholars instructions.

        For more information, contact:

        Candace Edwards
        Senior Director of Enrollment Development

        Jen Milam
        Director of Student Life

        Amanda DeRose
        Assistant Director of Student Life