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The Honors Program

The Honors Program cultivates academic excellence across all majors, encourages and rewards scholarly achievement.

The Academy offers the following opportunities to high performing to fourth and third-class cadets:

  • Special sections of core classes
  • Validation and placement in advanced courses

Second and first-class cadets are selected to the Honors Colloquium to prepare to compete for:

  • Scholarships for graduate study such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Truman, and more
  • International summer internships
Recent Graduate Fellowship Recipients
1/c Selena Bantz

Electrical Engineering
Fulbright Scholar

ENS Gregory Gaskel

Fulbright Scholar

LT Kristopher Thornburg

2021 Fulbright Arctic Initiative

ENS Owen Gibson

Civil Engineering
Fulbright Scholar


Honors Internship

The USCGA Honors Program provides its members with the opportunity to participate in the American Service Academies Program (ASAP), which was created by the Auschwitz Jewish Center for a select group of cadets and midshipmen from the four U.S. military academies. Cadets and midshipmen study in Poland.

The program accepts students from all majors who exhibit:

  • Exceptional leadership potential
  • Effective communication skills
  • Dedication to extracurricular endeavors
  • Interest in cultural issues
  • Strong commitment to community service
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The John Jay Institute and Saratoga Fellowship

The John Jay Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, offers a six-week post-graduate fellowship opportunity for junior officers in the armed forces of the United States.

The Saratoga Fellows Program is a six-week long academic residency in June and July. American leadership is explored through an interdisciplinary curriculum.

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Honor and Professional Societies

The Academy sponsors chapters of several national honor societies including:

  • Alpha Lambda Delta, celebrating excellence in the first year of college
  • Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, acknowledging outstanding achievement as a Government major
  • Beta Gamma Sigma recognizing high achievement in an business program accredited by AACSB International

In addition, the Academy offers membership in student chapters of a number of professional societies, including but not limited to:

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Institute for Operational Research and the Management Sciences

Contact Information

Honors Program
Dr. Alina M. ZapalskaDirector of the Honors Program(860) 444-8334[email protected]