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The Eccles Scholarship is sustained thanks to generous funding from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, dedicated to serving the people of Utah by funding programs that enrich and enhance Utah’s communities. Scholars earn this highly competitive and distinguished scholarship based on outstanding academic talent, exemplary character, and exceptional leadership skills.

The Eccles Scholarship includes benefits that extend beyond the generous scholarship, integrating students into a unique academic community supported by faculty and alumni. Students accepted into this program—15 per year—participate in a mandatory selective cohort experience during their time as undergraduate Honors students.

How are students considered for this scholarship?

All incoming first-year students who apply to the Honors College are considered. Please note that only students who do not have a gap year between high school graduation and their first semester of college will be eligible. However, deferrals are accepted.

No additional application is necessary to apply. Consideration is based on unweighted, cumulative GPA at the time of application, completed rigorous coursework, leadership experience, and community engagement.

Who is Eligible?  

Incoming first-year students with no gap year between high school and college

Must have been accepted to the Honors College (admissions decisions are released via email on January 15th and March 15th, 2024)

All majors and areas of interest

In-state applicants

Living Learning Community

During the first year students are required to live together in the University of Utah’s newest residential building, Kahlert Village, as part of their living-learning community experience. Additionally, students are required to take a series of cohort classes together during their time at the University.

As students’ progress into their individual majors, the Eccles Scholarship continues to support them with special programming, including guaranteed admittance into an Honors Praxis Lab, and distinguished scholarship, and graduate school mentorship via the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships.

Award Information:


8 semesters of tuition (up to 18 credits hours/semester) and mandatory fees

Room and Board:

  • First-year students are provided a space in Kahlert Village and 150 meal plan
  • Second, third and fourth-year students are eligible to have their expenses for room and board covered (up to the cost of a 8 person double room at the Marriott Honors Community (MHC) and a 40 block meal plan)


  • $400 Book stipend per semester at the University Bookstore

Good Standing Requirements

To remain in good standing and continue to receive this award, students must enroll as a full-time student (12 credit hours each semester) and maintain at least a 3.5 GPA. Students will also be expected to complete all of the required cohort classes in their 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year.