Honors Advising & Scholarships

Honors students say:

"[My advisor] boosts my morale every time I go in... She makes me feel like she remembers me and that I'm not just another student."

"They know everything needed for me to graduate on time and make the most of my experience here at VCU."

Honors Advising

What is Honors Academic Advising?

One opportunity available to Honors students is access to Honors Academic Advising. Honors advising is more than just schedule planning. Our experienced advising staff will work with you to make the most of your time at VCU, helping you to succeed in your classes as well as introducing you to opportunities within the university and in the Richmond community.

Advising Expectations

All freshmen are required to meet with their Honors advisor once per semester. After your freshman year, you have access to both a departmental advisor (for your major) and an Honors advisor. We encourage you to meet with an Honors advisor once a year as well as during the semester before graduation.

All Honors advising appointments are held in the Honors College at 701 W. Grace Street. Please arrive on time and prepared for an appointment. After you sign in at our front desk, your advisor will greet you and start your appointment.

Advising Assignments

Students are assigned to an advisor based on their school, major or program of study:

Ben Plache 

  • School of Engineering
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Allied Health
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Health, Performance and Exercise Science (HPEX)
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Pre-Dental Hygiene
  • Pre-Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Pre-Radiation Science 

Ann Marie Halstead

  • School of the Arts
  • School of Business

Megan Dailey 

  • School of World Studies
  • Robertson School of Media and Culture
  • L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
  • School of Education (Liberal Studies for Early Education)
  • School of Life Sciences
  • African American Studies
  • Biology
  • Economics (Humanities and Sciences)
  • English
  • Forensic Science
  • Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Sociology
  • Undeclared

Dr. Carrie Connolly

  • Students enrolled in Guaranteed Admission Programs

Dr. Meredith Sisson

  • Transfer Students


Making an Appointment

Our advisors hold walk-in hours at the start of every semester. Please see the Honors College Weekly Update for these hours.

To make an appointment, contact your advisor through email (click on their name above) or by calling our front desk at 804-828-1803.



The Honors College provides more than $50,000 in scholarships each year to Honors students. Scholarships are awarded for the academic year, and Honors students may apply each year. Scholarships opportunities are available for incoming freshmen, transfer and continuing VCU Honors College students. In addition, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers a variety of scholarships for incoming students.  

Learn more about Honors scholarships and apply here


National Scholarship Office

The National Scholarship Office recruits and prepares Honors students (and others) who are applying for (inter)nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships. Many of these awards will help Honors students and recent alumni to pursue opportunities to study abroad or attend graduate school.


National Merit Scholars

Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who notify the National Merit Scholarship Corporation by May 31 that VCU is their first-choice institution, and who apply to VCU by the November 15 scholarship deadline, are eligible for a VCU Presidential Scholarship. If you are a National Merit Scholarship Program participant and have questions about this award, please contact Lindsay Coleman in the Office of Admissions at (804) 827-1760. All National Merit Scholarship Finalists who apply to the Honors College are guaranteed admission into the Honors College as well.

National Merit Scholars at Virginia Commonwealth University have the opportunity to create an individualized experience that meets their unique goals and aspirations.

The Honors College enhances this experience through:

  • Peer mentoring with other National Merit Scholars at VCU
  • Access to university administration to learn about all that VCU offers students and how to use those resources
  • Intentional advising from Honors College academic advisors that maximizes student success
  • Specialized programming to connect students to research and study-abroad opportunities
  • Scholarships for conference attendance, research and study-abroad opportunities

Through all of these offerings, NMS at VCU hopes to assist students in reaching their goals and defining their experience.