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Honors Program Staple Events

Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Trivia Team - HCASC is America’s premier academic competition between students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through which Honda annually awards more than $350,000 in institutional grants to the participating HBCUs. The program challenges students to expand their scope of knowledge on a wide range of topics while gaining lifelong learning skills, including leadership, collaboration, and sportsmanship. 

Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) Leadership Institute - TMCF Leadership Institute is a four-day conference is designed to enhance student leadership skills, foster a community of scholars, provide companies with access to a diverse and talented student population, and help students from the 47 publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) build connections that lead to successful careers in the global workforce.

Speech & Debate Society - The Honors Speech & Debate Society is an organization focused on developing public speaking, argumentation, and debate skills. Members engage in public speaking events like extemporaneous and impromptu speaking, fostering effective communication. Regular practice and competitions provide opportunities for members to showcase their skills and receive feedback. Participation in the Honors Speech and Debate Society enhances communication, critical thinking, and teamwork while providing a platform for self-expression and understanding diverse perspectives.

Preparing for Life Upon Graduation (P.L.U.G.) Initiative - The P.L.U.G. Initiative works in conjuction with low performing high schools in Alabama to increase ACT Prep, and prepare students for life after high school for overall success. Honor Scholars lead subject matter breakout sessions and prep material to cover various topics in order to support these students. 

Alumnae Leadership Roundtables - Students in the Honors Program have the ability to attend multiple Honors Alumnae Leadership Roundtables. These Alumnae Roundtables feature Honors Alumni who have matriculated through college and succeeded in their respective fields and have come back to spread their wisdom to our scholars on the Hill.

Mental Health Awareness Sessions/Training - During the year, we want to ensure that all of our scholars are mentally well and have outlets to discuss any problems they are experiencing. There are multiple events during the year where we discuss mental health within the black community and healthy ways to manage it.

Leadership Retreat - The Honors Leadership Retreat serves as the cornerstone experience for any Honors scholar. This initiative gives the new Honors Program members a chance to bond amongst themselves and the veteran members away from the classroom setting on a weekend retreat.

Signature of Excellence - The Annual Honors Signature of Excellence showcases the brilliant work, research, and opportunities that many of our amazing scholars have engaged in. This is also a chance for other scholars to learn how they may take part in some of these same experiences.

Sports & Athletic Initiative - Throughout the academic year, the Honors Program strives to support their Honors Peers who participate in sports and related athletics. 

Food Drive Initiative - Throughout the year there will be multiple opportunities to help those in need by having drives to donate canned food items

Freshman Seminar Development Course - Assists new Honors students in making a satisfactory adjustment to the collegiate environment. Topics include, but are not limited to, the history of AAMU, academic policies and procedures, study skills, test-taking strategies, time management, coping with stress, career exploration, student life, financial aid, and other relevant information. 

Junior Seminar Development Course - A course placing selected current events, issues, and problems in perspective through an analysis of their origins and their development over time. Students will explore these events, issues, and problems in-depth with special emphasis given to those of particular interest to the class. Required of all junior-level Honors Program participants.

University’s Academic Honors Convocation - This is the University’s campus-wide celebration of academic excellence. Honors Program Scholars are awarded based on their achievements.

Senior & Awards Banquet - At the end of the year, the Honors Program hosts an annual Award Banquet to recognize outstanding Honors scholars and reward them for their accomplishments throughout the year.

Mentee & Mentor Program - First-year Honors freshmen are given the chance to achieve more with their upperclassmen peers through the mentoring program. Gain experience by connecting with students in their area of study.