The Carey Scholar Program serves academically advanced students whom the university has recognized as Carey Scholars. The program promotes advanced academic pursuits, interdisciplinary study, critical thinking, and independent research. The goal of the program is to enable Carey Scholars to reach their highest academic potential and provide opportunities through a comprehensive scholarship which includes the following:

  • 30 hours of tuition per year (freshman and sophomore years)
  • 33 hours of tuition per year (junior and senior years)
  • $1,725 room waiver per year
  • Honors College acceptance

Incoming freshmen students achieving a 30 or higher ACT composite or 1360 or higher on the SAT (combination of Evidence Based Reading and Writing + Math scores only) are eligible for consideration.


Essay topic: Identify a specific trait (such as honesty, kindness, perseverance, etc.) that has been prevalent (or has developed) throughout both your personal life and academic life. How has this trait made you the person that you are today, and how will this trait be an important part of your academic life at William Carey University and in your life after you have earned your degree?

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All documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on January 14, 2024.

Students selected for the program will be notified by February 16, 2024.


Candidates for the program will be evaluated by the Honors Committee based upon the required documents submitted by 11:59 p.m. on January 14, 2024.

Fifteen students per academic year will be selected.

Waitlist placement may be offered.


Upon selection, students must submit $300 nonrefundable seat deposit and register for classes at the March registration event (Carey Bound). Virtual and in-person options available for registration.

Students must also submit their FAFSA and include the school code for William Carey University, 002447, to insure we receive your form. FAFSA applications for Fall 2024 are able to be submitted beginning October 2, 2023.


The Carey Scholar program provides the following:

  • An accelerated honors curriculum of 18 hours
  • Participation in Honors Colloquium course including attendance at Honors Colloquia meetings
  • Commitment to the university through weekly service and community service each term
  • Cultural enrichment through attendance at visual, musical, and dramatic art events


Carey Scholars participate in an Honors Colloquium course during their first three years at the university. In this course, students gain access to distinguished guest speakers who help provide both individual enrichment and cultural enhancement. Carey Scholars are required to enroll in and pass this colloquium course for their first three years. Once completed, the Honors Colloquium offers three hours of credit which may substitute for a general elective.


Freshman Year
FallREL1018 (Honors Old Testament)
WinterENG 1018 (Honors Composition)*
SpringENG 1028 (Honors Research & Composition)*

Sophomore Year
FallREL1028 (Honors New Testament)
WinterHIS 1018 (Honors World History Until 1500)*
SpringHIS 1028 (Honors World History Since 1500)*

*Dual enrollment may be considered for credit.

Contact David Lowery for more information about the Carey Scholar Program.

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