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Honors College Gift Account

The Honors College at the University of Utah is a home for changemakers, leaders and innovators. It is a place where undergraduates of all backgrounds and majors develop the skills and perspective to build a better future for our community and the world. Unrestricted gifts to the Honors College support the greatest needs of the college and provide funding for student initiatives, engaged learning, research, and travel.


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Honors Scholarship Discretionary Fund

Scholarships are a powerful vote of confidence in the future. Tuition scholarships can make the difference for any student, whether it be to finish their thesis, be the first person in their family to attend college or be able to focus more time on their studies. When you invest in student scholarships, you make a direct impact on an outstanding student working toward remarkable academic, personal, and professional goals.


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Honors Integrated Minors

Integrated Minors are highly dynamic ways for students to fulfill their honors core requirements around themes that reflect enduring, current, and future issues in Utah and the world. Students earn an academic minor by taking six required courses together over three semesters. Minors are offered in Health, Ecology & Legacy, and Human Rights & Resources, with unique beyond classroom experiences locally and abroad. Together, we give students a diversity of in-depth and real-world experiences.


Honors Housing Scholarship Discretionary Fund

One of the strongest correlation variables for graduation is whether or not a student lived on campus. Students who participate in a Living Learning Community tend to earn higher grades, graduate on time and feel more connected to the university. Your gift to the Housing Scholarship Fund will help a student, who would otherwise not be able to live on campus, to reside in our honors community.


Honors College Parent Circle

The Honors College Parent Circle engages student families and creates an accessible and equitable college community. Members of the Parent Circle interact with Honors College leadership to learn more about Honors programs, and provide feedback about the family experience. They play an important role in enriching the Honors College community and directly impacting the individual experience.

The Parent Circle also plays a vital role in ensuring that all qualified students can fully participate in the Honors College. By making a gift of $1950 or more, members of the Parent Circle provide support for need-based scholarships to cover the cost of Honors College fees for three students each year ($650/student).

Members of the Parent Circle receive:

  • Copy of the Honors College summer read book, followed by zoom discussion with dean and a campus expert on the subject;
  • Monthly newsletter providing updates on the Honors College;
  • Fall Invitation to the L. Jackson Newell Lecture and Social;
  • Spring Invitation to Honors College Praxis Lab Summit.

To learn more about becoming a PLC member, contact Janette Schimpf, Development Director at or 801-503-7960.


Legacy Giving

For many alumni, parents, and friends, Legacy Gifts offer creative and flexible strategies that cost nothing now and enable you to support the programs that matter most to you. At the same time, they may also enable you to make more significant support than you thought possible while at the same time allowing you to achieve your financial, philanthropic, and real estate planning goals.

A Legacy Gift can be as simple as including a bequest provision in your will or trust or naming The University of Utah Honors College as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy or retirement plan. Options are available that can pay income to you during your lifetime or pass assets to your heirs with little or no tax penalty. Regardless of its size, your gift will make a difference in the lives of students and faculty at The Honors College.

For more information, please visit or contact Janette Schimpf at

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