About the Grindle Honors Institute

Phyllis and Art Grindle
Phyllis and Art Grindle

The Grindle Honors Institute at Seminole State College provides academically motivated students the opportunity to pursue academic and personal growth. The Honors curriculum presents students with intellectual challenges that will encourage them to become intellectually curious, promote creativity, embrace uncertainty and diversity, develop leadership skills, and recognize the value of service.

Our Mission

The Grindle Honors Institute provides enriched learning opportunities to help students cultivate their academic curiosity, creativity and willingness to embrace challenge, uncertainty and diversity as engaged members of society.

Our Vision

The Grindle Honors Institute seeks to be a leader in honors education that encourages integrity, responsibility, and an appreciation of lifelong learning.

Our History: A Tradition of Excellence

The Honors program at Seminole State College of Florida was formed in 1981 and has established a tradition of excellence in education.

While the name and curriculum of the program have changed over the years, the goal of challenging and inspiring exceptional students has remained constant.

A catalyst for the growth and expansion of the honors program was the generous financial support provided by Mr. Art Grindle, in memory of his wife Phyllis. After his passing in 2012, support from his children on behalf of their parents has continued.

The Grindle family’s donations have supported honors students at Seminole State for the past seven years. In 2006, The Art and Phyllis Grindle Honors Institute was established as an umbrella organization that houses the Honors Diploma Program, Honors Certificate Program and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Through the dedication of the School of Arts and Sciences faculty, support from the associate deans, and the guidance of Dr. Stephen Summers, Dr. Loretta Ovueraye, and Seminole State President Dr. Georgia L. Lorenz, the program has flourished, producing numerous award-winning students who continue to gain national recognition for their academic achievements.


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