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.

The Honors Institute aims to help students accomplish these goals by:

  • Providing an advanced curriculum for qualified students.
  • Providing access to cultural events and opportunities that will enhance students' learning and understanding.
  • Encouraging students to volunteer their time and talents to the College as well as the community.
  • Providing scholarship opportunities to qualified students.
  • Advising students about their major, Seminole State's curricula and their options for transferring to a four-year institution.
  • Cultivating students' academic curiosity, creativity and willingness to embrace challenges and uncertainty.

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.

Meet Your Director

Tracy Harbin

Tracy Harbin is the director of the Grindle Honors Institute at Seminole State College. She takes over the helm of the Honors Institute with more than 15 years of full-time teaching experience in political science. Having taught in honors for nearly a decade, Harbin believes that an honors education fosters critical thinking skills and the opportunity to engage in deep learning. She teaches courses in political science, international relations, and leadership and serves as a co-advisor for Phi Theta Kappa. Harbin has an M.A. in international relations and ABD in political science from Syracuse University and is enrolled in an educational doctorate program at Florida Southern College.  

Program Benefits

  • Small class sizes
  • Research opportunities
  • Scholarships
  • Academic travel opportunities
  • Priority scheduling
  • Transfer assistance

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!


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