Student Clubs: The Academy

Student SenateThe Indian Hills Community College Academy provides a challenge to selected students through a unique program within the Arts and Sciences Division of the college – a division which includes Arts and Sciences and Criminal Justice programs. Highly motivated individuals will find the Academy an opportunity to share experiences with people who have similar academic interests.  Especially gratifying to Academy members is the personal recognition they receive as a result of their achievements in this prestigious organization.

Benefits of The Academy

Upon acceptance into the Academy, students are encouraged to participate in any or all of the following activities:

  • Working with distinguished faculty members on academic projects to gain an in-depth knowledge of various subjects by taking special independent study Honors Project classes, designated on the student’s transcript as an honors course.
  • Taking field trips to study art, architecture, history, science, and culture.
  • Attending lectures by guest speakers.

In addition, students accepted into the Indian Hills Academy who are not already receiving an IHCC Foundation Scholarship will be eligible to receive an academic award from the Indian Hills Foundation.

Academy Honors Banquets

New students selected to participate in the Academy will be inducted at one of two semi-formal banquets held each year. Current Academy members are also recognized at the banquets. Arts and Sciences Division faculty and college administrators are also invited to attend. New inductees and current members of the Academy may bring two family members as guests to the events.

Academy Eligibility Requirements

Students are eligible for the Academy if they have a cumulative IHCC GPA of 3.5 or higher based on at least 15 hours of IHCC academic credit in the Arts and Sciences Division in the programs of Arts and Sciences or Criminal Justice. The student’s application will also be reviewed in the evaluation process.  Academic integrity and personal character will also be considered in membership selection.

Students approved for membership in the Academy will remain members as long as they maintain full-time status in the Arts and Sciences Division and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. Failure to maintain at least a 3.5 GPA for two consecutive terms will make the student ineligible for continued Academy membership.

How to Apply

In order to be considered for membership to the Academy, you must fill out the application below as well as submit an essay in a minimum of 250 words discussing at least one significant concept you have learned from one of your college courses and why it is important and/or interesting for you.

Final Deadline to Apply: March 20, 2017

The deadline to apply to the Academy has now passed. Please check back again next year if you are interested in applying to join.

Specific information about the Academy and Academy programs may be obtained from one of the following Arts and Sciences Academy Committee members: 

Academy Contacts

Beverly Bethune, Committee Chairwoman Kara Wilson, Committee Faculty Member
(641) 683-5111, ext. 1811
(641) 683-5111, ext. 1810
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Nathan Wilson, Committee Faculty Member Dr. Craig Payne, Committee Faculty Member
(641) 683-5111, ext. 1826
(641) 683-5111, ext. 1831
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Darlas Shockley, Committee Faculty Member Dr. Lee Wymore, Committee Faculty Member
(641) 683-5174 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5174
(641) 683-5111, ext. 1845
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