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Joining the Honors Community

Who are Honors Community students?

The Honors Community is home to students from a wide range of majors, experiences, and backgrounds. Our fellows and scholars tackle projects in any imaginable area of interest, and each student brings their own unique perspective to the work. 

Our community includes: 

  • Researchers who take on topics that make a difference in their professional and personal goals, as well as the world around them
  • Entrepreneurial thinkers who use innovation and human-centered design to create ideas and solutions the world has never seen before
  • Leaders who drive change on our campus and in our community
  • Collaborators who work in teams to share unique skills, knowledge, and talents
  • Doers and change-makers who apply classroom learning to real-world needs
  • Engaged citizens who work with a network of college and community mentors, and 
  • Global citizens who center their work within diverse cultures
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Get Involved

Apply for admission to one of York College's fellowship or scholarship programs.

Access Unique OpportunitiesHonors Community Benefits

  • Build skills in innovation, leadership, and teamwork

    Workshops and co-curricular programs will provide you with innovation, leadership, and teamwork skills through Design Thinking techniques.

  • Utilize the principles of Design Thinking in real-world projects

    Community-based courses and projects will provide you with the opportunity to use the principles and mindset of Design Thinking (human-centered design) to address real-world issues.

  • Apply for funding to support your project

    You will have the opportunity to apply for funding (and in some cases, a stipend) to support your innovative ideas and projects.

  • Travel globally and advance your goals

    Student travel funding supports both domestic and global travel that advances student goals as well as the goals of the program, and which will enhance the learning available to all students in the Honors Community.

  • Collaborate with your peers in a makerspace with cutting-edge technologies and tools

    You will have access to the Graham Innovation Zone, a campus makerspace where Honors Community students and their mentors develop co-curricular projects, build business ideas, and network with community leaders. This space offers cutting-edge technologies such as a 3-D printer and other emerging technologies, as well as many other innovation tools and supplies. You will also have access to the College’s downtown Center for Community Engagement and Marketview Arts buildings.

  • Participate in field trips and retreats

    You will have the opportunity to participate in field trips and retreats where you can work with your peers to experience new cultures, build new skills, and plan shared programs. Our Honors students report that these team-building events are among their most memorable College experiences, with off-site trips to some really intriguing destinations. The events are also co-created and co-facilitated by the Honors Students themselves! 

  • Develop expertise in your area of study with guidance from mentors

    College and community mentors help students to develop deep expertise in their areas of study and their future areas of work. You will be invited to networking events with individuals who can help jump start your brilliant career! 

  • Take on leadership and project roles in the Knowledge Park

    Members of our Honors Community will have the opportunity to take on leadership and project roles, and work with leaders of industry in York, in the Knowledge Park. Funds will be allocated for grant programs to support and facilitate community projects across the Scholars programs.

  • Attend special workshops, events, and programs

    You will have the opportunity to attend special co-curricular workshops, events, and programming led by local and national experts to supplement your classroom learning.

  • Conduct research through our Institutes

    You will have frequent opportunities to do social science research through the Institute for Social Healing, a multi-institutional consortium of area colleges devoted to trauma-informed care, and the Arthur J. Glatfelter Institute for Public Policy, which takes on policy research that affects the lives of all citizens. Both Institutes operate out of the College’s Center for Community Engagement.

  • Innovate your education

    You will be provided opportunities to work with York College administrators to help further innovate the way we educate, working through the University Innovation Fellows program and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

  • Work side by side with proven leaders

    You will be provided with leadership opportunities both at the College and within the community, allowing you to work side by side with proven leaders.

Contact Us
York College Honors Community
Dominic DelliCarpini, Ph.D.
Dean, Center for Community Engagement
Executive Director, GCCI
Humanities Center, Room 29
Phone: 717.815.1213

Karin Swartz
Assistant Dean, Center for Community Engagement
Humanities Center, Room 29
Phone: 717.815.1213

Center for Community Engagement
59 E. Market Street
York, PA 17401