Jump to main content

Welcome to the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership!

Established in 2005, the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership (HSL) enriches the university campus through academic opportunity, scholarship, leadership, civic engagement and community service. The seven university programs that operate out of the center bring together diverse and active students who share a common goal of making the most of their college academic experience. 

HSL Programs

The University Honors Program, Life of the Mind, McNair Scholars Program, Leadership Studies, Reisher Family Scholarship Program and Stryker Institute for Leadership Development each has its own eligibility requirements and distinctive program characteristics. The Schulze Endowment fosters a university-wide interest in interdisciplinary studies with various activities. Collectively, the seven programs provide a broad spectrum of academic enrichment opportunities for students on the university campus.

See for yourself how the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership can help you get the most out of your University of Northern Colorado experience!

Discover UNC 2016

Honors Program

Are you looking to challenge yourself and want to become a better problem solver in the world? The University Honors Programs are designed to foster outstanding students by providing a small community of intellectually-challenging peers with extra faculty attention and the tools to learn how to think critically and make connections between disciplines and then how to dive deep into today’s problems, issues and cutting edge research challenges.

UNC Honors Program is now accepting applications for Fall 2020 Admission.

CLA 2016

McNair Scholars Program

The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program is a federal TRIO program designed to provide undergraduate students with effective preparation for graduate-level study through research and scholarly activities, summer internships, seminars and workshops, mentoring, and assistance with graduate school admission processes. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need or members of a group traditionally underrepresented in graduate education, and have demonstrated strong academic potential.

Leadership Studies

The Leadership Studies minor  fosters leadership development through both theory and experiential learning addressing multiple facets of what it means to be a leader.

Life of the Mind Program

This program consists of a set of interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Core courses that cross the boundaries of traditional academic program to deal with broad intellectual concerns.

Reisher Family Scholarship

This scholarship is for qualified recipients who show promise of making a future contribution to the community through service, leadership, work or unique experiences.

Stryker Institute for Leadership Development

This institute supports the personal, social, and academic achievement of women from underrepresented groups at UNC.


The Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership collaborates with university and community groups to provide programs and events for the campus at large. Student Honors Council also hosts a variety of events throughout the semester that provide opportunities for students to participate in social events, fundraising, and community service projects.

Signature Events

UNC Research Day, Thursday, April 9, 2020 at UNC University Center

 UNC’s Research Day welcomes students, both graduate and undergraduate, to present their research, creative works and scholarly projects in a day long celebration. All Research Day activities take place at the University Center.  Students may present their projects in individual break-out rooms as oral presentations, as poster presentations in one of three poster sessions, or in round table sessions.  The entire campus community, high school students and the general public are welcome to attend Research Day, view student research projects, and help the students celebrate their scholarly accomplishments.  Over 300 Students are expected at this event presenting over 200 different poster and oral sessions demonstrating the exceptional level of scholarly work at UNC. Research Excellence Award competition is held in conjunction with Research Day.

All presenters must submit an on line application via Ursa by March 3, 2020.  Application opens February 3.

Learn more about Research Day.

Spring Banquet, April 26, 2020, Noon to 2:00 p.m. at UNC University Center

The Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership Spring Banquet recognizes graduating Honors Program Seniors, along with the scholarship and award winners from 2019-2020 academic year.  Family members are invited to attend to join us in this celebration of achievement.