Awards and Scholarships

The HTCC presents many scholarships and other awards at the UCI Community College Honors Research Conference. If you a member of an HTCC honors program, you may apply for these awards. Please click on the links below for complete descriptions.



NOTE: Check with your program coordinator/director for his, her, or their campus-specific deadline for these awards.

The Director’s Scholarship General Award will be awarded to the first-place winner of the Outstanding Abstract Awards. The top abstracts (up to five) remaining in contention will be granted the coveted HTCC Outstanding Abstract Awards.  Students presenting an oral presentation or performance at the conference who submit a 400-word abstract for consideration are eligible for Outstanding Abstract Awards. Outstanding Abstract submissions may not be based on poster presentations.

Submit a 400-word abstract to your Honors Program coordinator/director to apply for this award.  

The HTCC Juan Lara Scholarship recipient is a student who has demonstrated outstanding growth and academic success brought about by involvement in a community college honors program.  Candidates for this award have also been nominated by their honors program directors or coordinators for the HTCC Exemplary Achievement Awards.  Let your Honors Program director know that you’d like to be considered for nomination for the HTCC Exemplary Achievement Scholarship.


Again, ask your Honors coordinator/director for his, her, or their deadline for this application. 

Students may not apply directly to HTCC for this award. Nominations must come from an Honors coordinator/director. 


1. If your program director or coordinator decides to nominate you, you’ll need to write a 500-word personal essay addressing the three areas listed below. The document should be in doc, docx or rtf format. Be sure to include your NAME and the NAME OF YOUR COLLEGE at the top.

  • a. Excellence or extraordinary improvement in your academic performance, especially if related to performance in your honors/scholars program.

  • Your progress toward your personal goals or objectives, especially your commitment or perseverance in overcoming obstacles to success in college and/or your honors/scholars program.

  • Extracurricular service to your college or community, or exemplary involvement in athletic or cultural activities, especially in leadership roles.

2. E-mail your essay to your honors director or coordinator. S/he will then forward it to the HTCC Scholarship Committee along with her/his approval of your nomination.

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The Director of UC Irvine's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program offer awards to HTCC presenters each year.  To be considered for these awards, you must have already applied to UC Irvine for next fall, and intend on enrolling if you are accepted.  Then, submit a 400-word abstract on your project or presentation to your honors director/coordinator by his, her, or their campus-specific deadline.  Please put "Consideration for UCI Grant" at the top of your abstract.

Additional Distinctions

Poster Awards
Cash awards for first, second, and third place winners in three divisions: the Arts and Humanities, the Social Sciences, and STEM.  These will be awarded at the UCI Community Colleges Honors Research Conference.

Abstract for Publication
In addition to the above monetary awards, presenting your work at the UCI conference also makes you eligible to submit your work for publication in the anthology Building Bridges, published through the University of California, Irvine. The deadline to submit abstracts for publication is generally about 2-3 weeks after the conference.

  • 2014 Director’s Award Robert McLeod (El Camino) 

  • 2015 Director’s Award Carolyn Kuykendall (Mt. San Antonio)

  • 2016 Director’s Award Alison Primoza (San Diego Mesa)

  • 2017 Director’s Award John Oakes (Grossmont)  

  • 2018 Director’s Award Susanne Spangler (East Los Angeles) 

Publication Purchasing

You are welcome to purchase a printed hard copy of the 2018 Building Bridges Selected Abstracts publication on Amazon.  Proceeds from these sales directly support HTCC community college student scholarships.