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Program Benefits

The steps to apply for one of the Jane Stephens Honors Program endowed scholarships are:

  • Login to your Student Portal (
  • Select the Student Tab
  • Select "Click Here to open My Southeast Self-Service"
  • Click on the link to access your Self-Service page
  • Select "Southeast Student Processes"
  • Select "Apply for an Endowed Scholarship"

The Stephens Honors Program and honors students greatly appreciate the endowed scholarships provided by the Cook family and the Matthews family, and we thank them for their generosity.

John and Bekki Cook Honors Program Scholarship

John and Bekki Cook are attorneys in Cape Girardeau, MO. They endowed the John and Bekki Cook Honors Program Scholarship in 2011.

The Cooks are passionate about educational issues at all levels.  In addition to supporting honors students, they are dedicated to helping children read through the Read to Succeed Program sponsored by United Way. Mrs. Cook also has been active in Missouri state government and served as the Secretary of State from December 1994 to January 2001.  Mrs. Cook was honored with a Distinguished Service Award from the Alumni Association during the Homecoming 2012 celebration.

The recipient of this scholarship shall be a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University who actively participates in the Jane Stephens Honors Program and has verified financial need. This scholarship is renewable, but the recipient must reapply each year.

Dr. Judith Matthews Gallagher Endowed Honors Scholarship

The Dr. Judith Matthews Gallagher Endowed Honors Scholarship was established by Bob and Alene Matthews in recognition of their daughter’s 2012 Alumni Merit Award from Southeast Missouri State University.  Dr. Gallagher was honored with her Alumni Merit Award during the Homecoming 2012 celebration.

Dr. Gallagher received her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and her Master of Arts degrees from Southeast.  She received her Doctor of Education from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.  Dr. Gallagher currently serves as the Dean of Humanities at Tarrant County College-South Campus in Ft. Worth, Texas.  She previously held the positions of Department Chair of English and Philosophy, Assistant Professor of English, as well as serving as the Department Chair of Liberal Arts.  She has served as an instructor of English and Fine Arts at Tarrant County Junior College-Southeast in Arlington, Texas.

The recipient of this scholarship shall be a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University who actively participates in the Jane Stephens Honors Program.  This scholarship is renewable, but the recipient must reapply each year.


National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC)

The National Collegiate Honors Council is the leading professional association for those who provide college-level honors education. When your institution joins NCHC, students will benefit from:
• Sharing work at the national conference, networking with other honors students, and specialized training in fellowships
• Participation in signature experiential learning programming like Partners in the Parks and Honors Semesters experiences
• Competition for national awards that recognize student achievement
• Service as a member of the NCHC Board
Funding Support
• Scholarship and fellowship opportunities for students participating in NCHC member programs like Partners in the Parks, Honors Semesters, and annual conferences
• Faculty Awards and Recognitions for distinguished service to honors education
• Grant support for programs engaging in NCHC Program Reviews or other innovative honors activities
Awards & Scholarships
• Portz Fellowship Awards
• NCHC Innovation for Tomorrow Award
• NCHC Portz Scholars
• Freddye T. Davy Scholarship
• John Hanigan Scholarship

For more information you can visit:

Great Plains Honors Council (GPHC)

The Great Plains Honors Council promotes the flow of information, ideas, fellowship and professional encouragement throughout its member programs. Our spring regional conference always emphasizes student presentations and the region-as-text.
Students can receive advice regarding conferences and presentations, writing abstracts, creating an effective poster, and giving a successful presentation.
For more information please visit:

Honors Council of the Illinois Region (HCIR)

Honors Council of the Illinois Region provides funds to students who are enrolled in affiliated honors programs to assist them with honors related projects. The funds can be used for travel, supplies, and services related to the project. Students must be in good standing with their program, working with a faculty member on the project, and can only receive one grant per year. In order to apply for this grant please contact the honors house staff to request a grant proposal form.
Membership to an honors program associated with HCIR will also provide the opportunity to participate in Student Symposium of the Honors Council of the Illinois Region. More information can be found at:


Priority Registration

The Jane Stephens Honors Program offers early registration for Honors Students. This early enrollment allows sophomore & junior honors students to select honors sections and build their schedules around these sections which will facilitate completion of the program.

Junior honors students will enroll with seniors and sophomore honors students will enroll on the first day for juniors. 

How can I find out when I can register early for classes?

You will need to log into your portal: Student SS tab>Current Student Checklist>Priority Registration date for [Semester, Year.] Below is an attachment to help you with the early registration.

Registration Steps




603 North Henderson

Jane Stephens Honors Program
One University Plaza, MS 4575
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

Honors House Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:30 am until 5:30 pm