Ralph Bunche Scholars (Honors)

RBS is a program requiring at least an entire year at LACC, during which students take four or five classes as "honors." Also, there are opportunities for presenting research, as well as access to scholarships. Succeeding in the program greatly increases students' chances at being accepted to elite colleges and universities.

RB Scholars who certify receive priority consideration at UCLA, Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, Occidental College, Pomona College, and many other transfer partners through the Honors Transfer Council of California.


To Certify in the Program, Students Must:

  • Complete 15 units of honors classes: at least 4 classes (for STEM majors) or 5 classes (for all other majors)
  • Earn a 3.3 cumulative GPA or higher
  • Participate in community service (30 hours)
  • Have written a university-level research essay

It is best for Scholars to finish all requirements within two years. Please note that you must take at least one honors class per semester in order to remain in good standing in the program. 


RBS Admission Requirements:

High school seniors entering as first-time college students:

  • 3.3 GPA
  • Statement of Intent (500+ words)
  • One letter of recommendation from teacher or counselor

Continuing/Current college students:

  • 3.3 transferable GPA
  • Minimum 12 semester units of transferable college coursework completed
  • Statement of Intent (500+ words)
  • One letter of recommendation from an LACC faculty member or former instructor

Special Admits:

Students who do not qualify for admission to the program by meeting the traditional requirements but believe they demonstrate evidence of scholarly promise, qualities of leadership, and potential for academic and/or artistic excellence may request special admission. Special admits must interview with the program director (Zoom is possible).

To Apply:

Please email the program director, Prof. Evan Kendall at @email. The transcripts may unofficial, and the letter of recommendation may come directly to me from the professor, teacher, or counselor.


Honors Academic Counseling

All current RB Scholars have access to academic counseling through the RBS Program. It is highly recommended that you meet with an academic counselor once per semester. The honors counselor can assist you with course planning to meet honors and transfer program requirements.

Appointments are available for the following services: Evaluation of coursework for completion of transfer requirements and/or Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) | Transcript Evaluation for non-LACCD coursework | Update/Revise Education Plan (SEP) | Review UC TAG requirements and eligibility

Please Note: If you are a prospective RBS applicant and have questions about the program and application requirements, please first inquire with the program director: @email.

Honors Counselor:
Cynthia Gomez

Honors academic counseling appointments can be scheduled through the Ralph Bunche Scholars Cranium Scheduler.

Mission Statement

The Ralph Bunche Scholars Program is committed to meeting the needs of academically motivated and intellectually curious students whose main purpose is to transfer to an elite four-year university or college.

About Ralph Bunche

Ralph Bunche (1904-1971) was an American political scientist and diplomat who received the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize. The grandson of a former slave, he overcame the obstacles of racism and prejudice with his great intellect.

Ralph Bunche was the valedictorian of his graduating class at Jefferson High School in Los Angeles, graduated summa cum laude from UCLA, and earned his Master and Doctoral degrees from Harvard University.

The LACC honors program is dedicated to him, whose excellent scholarship and positive influence in the world inspire all of us to strive toward our highest potential.

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Ralph Bunche Scholars


Franklin Hall 205


Director: Professor Evan Kendall

Email: @email
Phone: (323) 953-4000 ext. 2340

Instagram: @lacchonors