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The Honors Program was founded by the Board of Trustees of the State Center Community College District in 1987, and was named in honor of Leon S. Peters, who endowed a trust to assist in funding the enrichment activities and other special features of the program. Peters was a local entrepreneur and industrialist, who owned and operated several local enterprises, most notably Valley Foundry. Peters was famous for his philanthropy and his efforts to sponsor talented local students. Peters had a vision of a community college program that would prepare local students to gain admission and transfer to the most selective universities.

Since 1987, the Leon S. Peters Honors Program has prepared local students for successful admission to many of the most selective and prestigious institutions in the state and nation. Graduating Honors students have also qualified for numerous competitive transfer scholarships.

The program and its students have received state, regional, and national awards, such as the All U.S.A. Academic Team Awards and the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society's Five Star and Hallmark Awards

Last updated: 1/23/2009 4:37:21 PM