Kathleen Brown-Perez, a Commonwealth Honors senior lecturer in anthropology, recently received a $2.5 million, four-year grant through the Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies program (NAIS).

2020 Awardees

Commonwealth Honors College is happy to celebrate the outstanding achievements of its 2020 scholarship award recipients in the 2020 Commonwealth Honors College Scholarship Award Virtual Celebration. This year, Commonwealth Honors awarded over 200 scholarships totaling more than $350,000.

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The Abraham Bohn Children of Veterans Scholarship endowment fund will support undergraduates who are children of deceased or disabled veterans as they work toward their degree at UMass. The endowed fund was established by Larry Bohn ’74 with a $1 million gift, plus $500,000 in incentives from the state.


Dean Mari Castañeda co-hosted the inaugural Honors College Dinner and Discussion with Professor Joseph Krupczynski, a professor in the Department of Architecture, and director of the office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning (CESL) at UMass.


Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, the UMass Student Farm Enterprise is still harvesting crops for the Amherst and UMass communities. The Student Farm is a year-long class held through the Stockbridge School of Agriculture where students go through the full farming cycle—from planning and contracting vendors during the winter and early spring, to growing throughout the summer and harvesting in the fall. 


On October 23, 2020 Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy announced updates to the Spring 2021 Campus re-opening plan.



The deadline to apply for Commonwealth Honors College scholarships is February 28, 2021.


Commonwealth Honors Dean and Professor Mari Castañeda will be teaching the common experience course "What's the Big Idea?: How Innovative Thinking Can Change the World" this Spring 2021.


The Student Advisory Board provides feedback and recommendations to the Dean regarding the College’s teaching, research, and outreach missions, especially as it relates to student success.

Student Blog


Heroes are remembered, but legends never die...

A photo of me and my family right after moving me in Freshman Year.

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." — A.A. Milne


"...Hey Mama, I wanna sing so loud for you, cuz I'm so proud of you..."