The CCC Honors Program was developed to motivate and challenge academically successful students. Approximately 1/6 of Presidential Scholar students participate in the Honors Program. Students not on a Presidential Scholarship are also eligible to participate.
A selection committee takes into consideration ACT or SAT scores, letters of application, an interview, writing sample, high school GPAs, and other pertinent materials. The selection process for the Fall semester takes place the preceding Spring, so that the Honors Coordinator may assist these students with their original enrollment.
The CCC Honors Program has been endowed by alumni, friends, and the community. In addition to the generous gift of alumnus John M. Rounds, NationsBank and Carolyn & K.O. Dixon are founding benefactors. Through these gifts an endowment for the Program has been established by the CCC Foundation, ensuring its future and its growth.
Mr. John M. Rounds
The John M. Rounds Visiting Professorship in Western Civilization, which provides for a unique partnership between Coffeyville Community College and the University of Kansas through the Coffeyville Honors Program, was established by Mr. John M. Rounds through a $100,000 gift in 1997.
Mr. Rounds of Arroyo Grande, California, is a 1935 graduate of Coffeyville Community College. He moved to Caney, Kansas with his parents at the age of nine months and attended high school there. He received his undergraduate degree in 1937 and his law degree in 1939, both from the University of Kansas. Following law school, he entered the oil business and continued in that field for thirty years. In 1970, Mr. Rounds turned his interest toward commercial real estate.
Mr. Rounds was honored as CCC’s 1997 Distinguished Alumnus. In 2001, a second major gift provided for renovation of the 337-seat Spencer/Rounds Performing Arts Theatre.