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Commonwealth Honors Academy at Murray State (CHA)


The Commonwealth Honors Academy (CHA) is a challenging three-week academic enrichment program for outstanding high school students who have completed their junior year and will return to high school as a senior in the fall following the Academy.  The application deadline is March 15th.

Eligibility:  To apply, you must have a 3.5 GPA & a minimum 25 ACT Composite score.

Students are selected from the Commonwealth and surrounding states, including but not limited to, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, and Alabama. Upon successful completion of the Academy, students will

* receive six hours of honors-level university credit.

* have the opportunity to take six hours of tuition-free university courses at Murray State University during the subsequent academic year.

* be awarded a four-year, renewable $2,000 on-campus housing scholarship to attend Murray State University.

The Academy differs from the traditional high school in its approach to learning and in the creation of a living-learning community. CHA offers students a chance to know and make friends with other enthusiastic, energetic students with high intellectual capacities. The interaction of students with different backgrounds is one of the most valuable aspects of the Academy.

The Academy provides students, faculty and staff with an opportunity to share the joy of discovery and to exchange ideas in a warm community atmosphere. Supportive secondary and university faculty chosen from the region work closely with the students in classes, seminars, and extracurricular activities. Outstanding college men and women serve as residential counselors to provide leadership, friendship, and encouragement to the students. Exceptional speakers, performers, films, interesting field trips, special events and recreational experiences offer students an array of stimulating activities that provide fun and enjoyment, as well as learning opportunities.

There is no cost to students except for a $250 tuition processing fee.* In addition, students are responsible for personal articles, snacks, and incidental expenses.

Send NO money with this application, you will be billed if selected!

* Fee waived for students receiving free or reduced student lunch, or ACT Fee Waiver. See your guidance counselor.

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