The Grindle Honors Institute

Welcome to The Grindle Honors Institute. We offer an enriched educational experience for high-achieving students who want to engage in honors activities at Seminole State College of Florida.

Grindle Honors Student Benefits 

  • Dedicated space on campus to meet friends, study and grab a snack
  • Classes where learning is hands-on and fun – no high-stakes testing
  • Opportunities to travel and learn while earning college credit
  • Honors-specific scholarships for your time at Seminole State
  • Staff to guide you through the transfer process
  • Priority registration before the general student population

Apply to Join Honors

Current Seminole State Student - Enrich your educational experience in the Honors Institute by choosing apply now. Newly Admitted Seminole State Freshmen or Dual Enrolled Students- please email us at to start your application.

Going honors at Seminole State means you will have a support team to guide you through your first two years as you earn your Associate in Arts (A.A.) honors diploma and transfer to your dream university. Grindle Honors students earn acceptance at places like University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, University of North Florida, Stetson University, Rollins College and beyond. We have had students transfer to Ivy League schools like Harvard, Cornell and Columbia.

Program Benefits

  • Small class sizes
  • Research opportunities
  • Scholarships
  • Academic travel opportunities
  • Priority scheduling
  • Transfer assistance
Honors Students outside of the Honors Center

Interactive, Hands-on Learning

Honors History Meets Science
Honors students work with catapults in History Meets Science

Many students ask if Honors classes are harder.  At the Grindle Honors Institute, we emphasize that classes are not harder.  Classes are more fun because students do the reading and are ready to engage in interactive learning opportunities.  In our History Meets Science course students explore feudalism by building a castle and a catapult to understand the physics behind the war strategies.  They understand the art and science of war!

Honors Institute News

The weeklong seminar gives U.S. students the opportunity to learn about globalization and what it means to be a global citizen.
Thu Pham, a Seminole State College of Florida honors student, has been named a 2024 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship.
The Ginsburg Fellows Program supports a cohort of local youth leaders who aim to be positive activists in the community and Seminole State’s own Wanya Allen has been awarded the scholarship.
Seminole State College student Yesmene Chikha has been named a winner of the Jack Kent Cooke (JKC) Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, one of the nation’s most prestigious and lucrative scholarships.
Two honors students at Seminole State College of Florida were named winners of one of the nation’s most prestigious and lucrative scholarships.


The Honors Institute
L-230, Sanford/Lake Mary Campus

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.Available remotely