The mission of the H. W. Lohrenz Honors Program at Tabor College is to promote academic excellence by recognizing and developing students who demonstrate:

  • High levels of potential to achieve success in their respective disciplines
  • A passion to engage culture to better serve the needs of others
  • A servant attitude that recognizes all people as created in God’s image
  • Responsible stewardship with the resources that God has provided

Students Will Benefit From


The H.W. Lohrenz Honors program is creating a community of individuals who believe in the value of intellectual endeavor, who want to discover for the joy of discovery, and who want to interact with others who share that passion for learning.


The faculty at Tabor College are dedicated teachers and scholars who want to build a relationship with you. As an H. W. Lohrenz Honors student, you will work one-on-one with these scholars to build an honors curriculum that is right for you and that best prepares you for life after Tabor College.


We want to bring more value and depth to your experience at Tabor College. In honors courses, you will be given the opportunity to dig deeper into the subjects that fascinate you in your academic walk, and our faculty will help you discover new areas of thought and research.


The H. W. Lohrenz Honors program is committed to preparing you for the continuation of your academic career beyond Tabor College. If you have your eyes set on medical school, law school, or other graduate work, we want to help you find the right school, scholarships, and fellowships that can make those dreams happen.


We want you in our program, and we know that you would be a valuable asset to Tabor College. The H.W. Lohrenz Scholarship, for students who qualify for the Honors program, is up to $5,000 annually.

*Note: We do not accept a superscore for the ACT

Honors Program Application Form

  • Essay

  • Consider the following prompts and choose one to address in the space below.
  • Susan Sontag wrote that "[s]ilence remains, inescapably, a form of speech." Write about an issue or a situation when you remained silent, and explain how silence may speak in ways that you did or did not intend. The Aesthetics of Silence, 1967.
  • Improvise a story, essay, or script that meets all of the following requirements:
    - It must include the line “And yes I said yes I will Yes” (Ulysses, by James Joyce). Its characters may not have superpowers.
    - Your work has to mention Tabor College, but please, no accounts of a high school student applying to the University – this is fiction, not autobiography.
    - Your work must include at least four of the following elements: a paper airplane, a transformation, a shoe, the invisible hand, two doors, pointillism, a fanciful explanation of the Pythagorean Theorem, a ventriloquist or ventriloquism, the periodic table of the elements, the concept of jeong, number two pencils.
  • The Cartesian coordinate system is a popular method of representing real numbers and is the bane of eighth graders everywhere. Since its introduction by Descartes in 1637, this means of visually characterizing mathematical values has swept the globe, earning a significant role in branches of mathematics such as algebra, geometry, and calculus. Describe yourself as a point or series of points on this axial arrangement. If you are a function, what are you? In which quadrants do you lie? Are x and y enough for you, or do you warrant some love from the z-axis? Be sure to include your domain, range, derivative, and asymptotes, should any apply. Your possibilities are positively and negatively unbounded.
  • The instructor said,
    Go home and write
    a page tonight.
    And let that page come out of you -
    Then, it will be true.
    - “Theme for English B” by Langston Hughes
  • Perhaps you recognize this poem. If you do, then your mind has probably moved on to the question the next line poses: “I wonder if it’s that simple?” Saying who we are is never simple (read the entire poem if you need evidence of that). Write a truthful page about yourself for us, an audience you do not know – a very tall order. Hughes begins: “I am twenty-two, colored, born in Winston-Salem./I went to school there, then Durham, then here/to this college on the hill above Harlem./I am the only colored student in my class.” That is, each of us is of a certain age and of a particular family background. We have lived somewhere and been schooled. We are each what we feel and see and hear. Begin there and see what happens.
  • Albert Einstein once said, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” Propose your own original theory to explain one of the 16 mysteries below. Your theory does not need to be testable or even probable; however, it should provide some laws, principles, and/or causes to explain the facts, phenomena, or existence of one of these mysteries. You can make your theory artistic, scientific, conspiracy-driven, quantum, fanciful, or otherwise ingenious – but be sure it is your own and gives us an impression of how you think about the world.
  • Love, Non-Dairy Creamer, Sleep and Dreams, Gray, Crop Circles, The Platypus, The Beginning of Everything, Art, Time Travel, Language, The End of Everything, The Roanoke Colony, Numbers, Mona Lisa’s Smile, The College Rankings in U.S. News and World Report, Consciousness