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Welcome to the Charles Pickering Honors Institute. We are pleased that you are considering this program. Congratulations on your excellent high school record of academic accomplishment. You are a very select group of students and we are pleased that you are considering continuing your education at Jones College.
Students will find that the Honors Institute is here to challenge them to go beyond the ordinary ideas about education, personal expectations and personal leadership goals while encouraging independent learning and expanded leadership. The Honors Institute is also a place where students find assistance and inspiration to grow.
Jones has a reputation for excellence! Throughout their time in the Honors Institute, students will get the opportunity to experience that excellence. The primary focus of the program will be on personal development of the individual student. We want to prepare you to be successful in life while offering some tools to help you become community leaders. Together, we will form a partnership to help you realize your dreams and set you on a path to make them come true.

To be eligible for the Charles Pickering Honors Institute, students must have a high school diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and meet one of the following entrance requirements:

  • Graduate as the valedictorian or salutatorian.
  • Have a composite ACT score of 26 or higher with a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4 point scale.
  • Have a cumulative Jones College GPA of 3.5 or higher, with a minimum of 15 credit hours, excluding college preparatory courses.


Class size is limited to 25 students to allow for the development of critical thinking skills and more individual participation.

Opportunities for extra-curricular activities in each class.

Access to Honors Institute scholarships.

Travel, both domestic and international, during spring break or in early summer. These tours may be partially funded by the college.

Assistance with transfer to the university level.

Assistance in seeking additional scholarship monies upon university transfer.



The Institute monitors active students at the end of each term to determine compliance with the program criteria. The following examples lead to an inactive status:

A GPA lower than 3.0. If a student's GPA drops below 3.0, the student will have one semester to raise the GPA and remain in the Honors Institute.

Students who fail to enroll in an honors forum AND an honors class in any semester will be dismissed from the Institute.

More than five withdrawals on the student's record within the past five years.
Students who have already completed 18 or more hours of hours of Honors coursework will never be inactivated.

Honors coursework will be marked on transcripts.

Honors Institute participation will be marked on diploma.

Graduates will receive a medal for commencement ceremony.



Presidential Scholarship

Students who graduate as the valedictorian or salutatorian of their high school graduating class will be offered the Jones Presidential Scholarship and automatic invitation for an interview to the Charles Pickering Honors Institute.

Honors Institute Scholarship

Added to the ACT scholarship (one-half tuition for a 25 and full-tuition for a 26 or higher), students will receive up to $500 for books and fees.
Honors students may be offered the opportunity to travel at a reduced cost.
For more information on scholarships, contact our Scholarship Coordinator at or 601.477.4257.

Contact Information

John Stockstill

Phone 601-477-4062