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Honors College scholarship applications open for the 2023-2024 academic year on Jan. 16, 2022. Most applications (including the Eccles Distinguished Scholarship) are due Friday, Feb. 24. Please note, scholarship opportunities listed below and the designated due dates. Some opportunities are awarded on a rolling basis if a due date is not currently listed. Applicants must be Honors students who will enroll full-time (12 credits) at the University of Utah and will pursue completion of the Honors Degree. To apply for the Honors Scholarship Opportunities, review all requirements to ensure you qualify and complete the University of Utah General Scholarship application (links provided below). Recipients should note, all scholarships are distributed over a period of two semesters and will be deposited directly to the student’s tuition account.

For information about the Eccles Distinguished Scholarship, please click here. We encourage students to search various Honors-specific and general scholarships via the University of Utah's Academic Works application system. Honors-specific scholarship opportunities are detailed with links below

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CHARLES W. AND SHAREE SORENSON HONORS HOUSING SCHOLARSHIP
Award: Five awards in the amount of $10,000 (Honors Housing on campus required)
Established by Charles W. Sorenson, Jr., a graduate of the Honors College, and his wife Sharee Sorenson. Charles and Sharee are committed to making it possible for students to live on campus and be part of an enriched living and learning community. This generous scholarship fund will provide housing assistance to five first-generation students, in their first year, who are living in Honors College Housing.
FLORENCE J. GILLMOR FOUNDATION HOUSING SCHOLARSHIPS
Award: Ten awards in the amount of $5,000 (Honors Housing on campus required)
Established by the Florence J. Gillmor Foundation, whose generous funding for student housing provides the opportunity for students who have earned their place in Honors to broaden their education by fully immersing themselves in Honors and University communities. This scholarship fund will provide housing assistance to ten first-generation students in their first year, who are living in Honors College Housing.
CHARLES HETZEL III SCHOLARSHIP
Award: One award in the amount of $10,000 (tuition-based– no cash award received)
Charles Hetzel III graduated from the University of Utah in 1963 and went onto become a highly successful Wall Street Investment Manager. Mr. Hetzel is a strong advocate for education and an active member of the National Honors Advisory Board. Mr. Hetzel generously created scholarship funds to assist U.S. citizens who are currently at a non-resident status and admitted as an incoming freshmen to the Honors College. Students wishing to be considered for the Hetzel opportunity will write a brief essay addressing why they are interested in a liberal arts and sciences education with the Honors College at the University of Utah.
MICHAEL EMERGING SCHOLARS AWARD
Award: Two awards in the amount of $2,500 per student (tuition-based- no cash award received)
Provided by the Herbert I. and Elsa B. Michael Foundation, The Michael Emerging Scholars Award is integral in providing opportunities to diverse and first-generation college students who may not otherwise have the ability to participate in the Honors College and take full advantage of their education and capabilities.
CLARA AND OLIVIA RANDALL HOUSING SCHOLARSHIP
Award: One award in the amount of $5,000 (Honors Housing on campus required)
Established by President Taylor Randall, and his daughters, Clara and Olivia, who are all graduates of the Honors College. Clara and Olivia are passionate about the enriched environment Honors housing communities provide to the Honors experience. This scholarship will provide housing assistance to one student who is living in Honors College Housing.
DARKE HONORS ESSAY AWARD
The Honors Darke Essay Award was established in honor of Roy A. Darke, Associate Clinical Professor of psychiatry at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. Recipients must be a rising junior or senior Honor student majoring in psychology. Students wishing to be considered for this award will write a brief essay addressing the following prompt: “Discuss the relationship between medicine and either the behavioral sciences or humanities”.
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DUANE HARRIS BUTCHER ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Award: One award in the amount of $2,000
Applications from Utah pioneer descendants accepted: Jan. 16 - March 15
The Duane Harris Butcher Scholarship, established in 2002 by Bethann Butcher Martin, is for students in the Honors College who are descendants of the Utah pioneers who emigrated from 1847-1897. Applicants will demonstrate appreciation for their heritage and community through a one-page essay. Photos or additional materials supporting your relationship with Utah pioneers are welcomed and encouraged. Students must be active participants within the Honors College.
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GORDON AND CONNIE HANKS SCHOLARSHIP
Award: Two awards in the amount of $2,500 per student (tuition based- no cash award received)
Gordon and Connie Hanks have been involved in the University of Utah since Gordon’s graduation in 1967. Gordon and Connie have been involved in the College of Fine Arts, the College of Music, and the Athletic Department, providing scholarship and other support. They also have created and grown the JazzSLC/GAM Foundation, a nonprofit Jazz series in Salt Lake City. Connie is an active member of the National Honors Advisory Board. Gordon and Connie generously created an Honors College Scholarship fund in 2021. Applicants must be a rising junior or senior, majoring in Fine Arts, and demonstrate commitment to attaining the Honors degree with high academic standing.
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HONORS HOUSING SCHOLARSHIP - ANONYMOUS FUNDER
Award: One award in the amount of $5,000 (Honors Housing on campus required)
Established by a generous, anonymous donor. This funding will provide scholarship housing assistance to one first-generation student, in their first year, who is living in Honors College Housing.
JAMES B. & BETTY DEBENHAM SCHOLARSHIP
Award: Two awards in the amount of $2,000 per student
Applications from rising jr./sr. completing the thesis accepted: Jan. 16 - March 15
A generous gift from the trust of Betty Debenham established this scholarship in honor of James B. Debenham for rising juniors and seniors who are completing the Honors degree. Applicants must demonstrate participation in the Honors College and provide a plan of their desired thesis topic or attach the thesis proposal form.
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JAMES L. CLAYTON HONORS HOUSING SCHOLARSHIP
Award: One award in the amount of $5,000 (Honors Housing on campus required)
Established by Kitty Swenson in honor of her father, James L. Clayton, who was the second Director of the Honors College, as well as Dean of the Graduate School, and University Provost. This scholarship fund will provide housing assistance to one first-generation student, in their first year, who is living in Honors College Housing.
THE JAMES SVENDSEN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Award: One award in the amount of $1,000 (tuition based- no cash award received)
Applications accepted Jan. 16 - March 15
Established by James Svendsen, this scholarship is for an Honors College junior and senior, pursuing a degree in Theater or the Classics. James Svendsen is a Professor Emeritus in the Classics at the University of Utah, and enjoyed teaching and working with Honors College students.
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JANICE R. UGAKI AND R. DOUGLAS GREALLY OUTSTANDING HONORS STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP
Award: One award in the amount of $1,000
Applications from rising seniors involved in community leadership accepted: Jan 16 - March 15
Scholarship funds are provided to assist Honors students finishing their junior year, with the funding to be used in their senior year. Students must have an outstanding academic record while demonstrating leadership in co-curricular activities within their school and community. This award is for students with demonstrated good character, intellectual ability, breadth of interest, and community leadership. Students will write a brief essay addressing their involvement in community leadership.
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JEFF METCALF MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Award: One award in the amount of $1,000 (tuition based- no cash award received)
Applications accepted: Jan. 16 - March 15
Established by the Honors College community, in memory of Professor Jeff Metcalf to commemorate his lifetime of extraordinary teaching. Jeff served as the director of English Teaching major. This scholarship fund celebrates Jeff's life by supporting the next generation of teachers. This scholarship will be awarded to an Honors College student working on a teaching degree.
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JERRY AND TERRY DEBENHAM COMPUTER SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP
Award: One award in the amount of $3,000
Applications from rising junior or senior majoring in Computer Science accepted: Jan. 16 - March 15
The Debenham Scholarship opportunity is to be awarded to a rising junior or senior Honors student who is majoring in Computer Science with a keen interest in artificial intelligence.
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JOSHUA M. DALTON HONORS HOUSING SCHOLARSHIP
Award: One award in the amount of $5,000 (Honors Housing on campus required)
Established by Joshua M. Dalton, a graduate of the Honors College and a member of the National Honors Advisory Board. Josh is dedicated to helping students succeed in their remarkable academic, professional, and personal goals. He believes in the value of community created by on-campus housing. This scholarship will provide housing assistance to one first-generation student, in their first year, who is living in Honors College Housing.
THE KAY LINSCOTT ROHRER STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP
Award: One award in the amount of $1,000
Applications accepted: Jan. 16 - March 15
The Kay Linscott Rohrer Study Abroad Scholarship established in 2019 is to assist first-generation Honors students, who plan to study abroad for a minimum of 3 credit hours. Applicants must demonstrate acceptance/enrollment in a study abroad program and provide a short statement on how this experience will enhance their undergraduate education. =
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KENNETH BROWNING HANDLEY SCHOLARSHIP
Award: One award in the amount of $7,700 (no cash award)
Applications from jr./sr. working towards thesis completion accepted Jan. 16 - March 15
The Kenneth Browning Handley Scholarship honors the memory of Kenneth B. Handley who, at the time of his death in December 1982, was a student at the University of Utah majoring in chemistry and mathematics. Ken was an outstanding student and had a great curiosity about the world and broad interests in literature, philosophy, and music. He was an accomplished clarinetist and was mature, respectful, and compassionate in his dealings with others. He was a loyal friend and exemplary older brother. Funding is to be awarded to a rising junior or senior who demonstrates good character, intellectual ability, and breadth of interest and seriousness of purpose through a personal essay. Recipient must be working towards completion of the thesis degree.
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KING FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
Award: One award in the amount of $5.000 (tuition-based- no cash award received)
Applications accepted Jan. 16 - March 15
Established by W. Patrick and Florence King, who desire to support the exceptional students in the Honors College. This scholarship is for a first-generation Honors College student. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated a commitment to completing their Honors College degree.
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LEAR FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
Award: One award in the amount of $1,000
Applications from junior/senior working towards the thesis completion accepted: Jan. 16 - March 15
Established by Jon and Phillip Lear in honor of their parents, Frank L and Dorothy Pond Lear. Scholarship funds are to awarded to an outstanding junior or senior in the Honors College who demonstrate tangible skill and interest in their chosen field of study, and are committed to attaining an Honors degree (thesis completion) with high academic standing. Applicants must provide a brief plan of their desired thesis topic and a short response to how they are currently engaged in their field of study outside of the classroom.
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MARTHA BRADLEY EVANS FELLOW AWARD
Award: One scholarship in the amount of $4,000
Applications from a rising junior/senior demonstrating skills in their field accepted: Jan. 16 - March 15
The Martha Bradley Evans-Fellow Award was established in 2013 by friends, family, colleagues, and former students in recognition of her service as Dean of the Honors College. Dr. Bradley served as Dean from 2002 until her appointment as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Undergraduate Studies in 2011. Scholarship funds will be awarded to a student who is passionate about and works on behalf of issues of social justice and community engagement demonstrated in a brief essay. Applicants must be a rising junior or senior who demonstrate tangible skills in their chosen field of study, and commitment to attaining the Honors degree with high academic standing.
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MARTIN H. HIATT ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Award: Three awards in the amount of $2,400
Applications from seniors demonstrating skills in their field accepted: Jan. 16 - March 15
Established by a generous donation in 1992 from the Martin H. Hiatt estate, this scholarship is awarded to a rising senior who is committed to completing the Honors degree. Students must demonstrate they are working towards thesis completion and are actively involved in the Honors College by attaching a list of courses completed, areas where they have been involved in the Honors College, and a completed thesis proposal form.
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THE SWEET CANDY COMPANY
Award: Eight scholarships in the amount of $2,000 per student.
Applications from rising juniors completing the Honors degree accepted: Jan. 16 - March 15
The Sweet Candy Company is a fifth-generation family-owned and operated business that was established in 1892 in Portland, Oregon and relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1900. The Sweet Candy Scholarship was established in 1989 by L. Jack Sweet, and Corrine H. Sweet to provide scholarships for outstanding Honors students who are rising juniors committed to completing their Honors degree. Applicants must demonstrate participation in the Honors College and provide a brief plan of their desired thesis topic.
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THE TADD MENLOVE ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Award: One scholarship in the amount of $1,000
Applications accepted from first generation students who are active participants in the Honors College: Jan. 16 - March 15
The Tadd Menlove Endowed Memorial Scholarship was established in 2017 by close family and friends. Tadd lived a rich and full life, entering the Honors College in 2008 and graduating with a degree in Business in 2012. Scholarship funds are for actively participating Honors students who are a first-generation college student. A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree. This means that you are the first in your family to attend a four-year college/university to attain a bachelor’s degree.
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TINA AND DANIEL ZVONEK HONORS HOUSING SCHOLARSHIP
Award: One award in the amount of $5,000 (Honors Housing on campus required)
Established by Tina and Daniel Zvonek, who are committed to making it possible for a student to live on campus and be part of an enriched living and learning community. This scholarship fund will provide housing assistance to one first-generation student, in their first year, who is living in Honors College Housing.
TROY LINDQUIST HONORS HOUSING SCHOLARSHIP
Award: One award in the amount of $5,000 (Honors Housing on campus required)
Established by Kristy Lindquist in honor of her late husband, Troy Lindquist. Kristy is a member of the National Honors Advisory Board, and shares a belief in the value and experience of the enriched living and learning environment in the Honors College Housing. This scholarship will provide housing assistance to one first-generation student, in their first year, who is living in Honors College Housing.
VETTER HONORS HUMANITIES SCHOLARSHIP
Award: One award in the amount of $1,000 (tuition based- no cash award received)
Established by Phyllis (’84) and Rusty Vetter (’82) this scholarship is for rising juniors and seniors pursuing an Honors Bachelor’s Degree in the humanities. This scholarship is intended to bring focus to the humanities because they enhance our understanding of the human experience and our ability to think critically and creatively about our diverse, complicated and fast-changing world. Preference will be given to students who are pursuing a career in education.
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THE HONORS PRIDE SCHOLARSHIP
Award: One scholarship in the amount of $1,000
Applications accepted: Jan 16 - March 15
The Honors Pride Scholarship established in 2019 is to be awarded to a student studying in either Humanities or Social and Behavioral Science. Preference will be given to students with a demonstrated commitment to the LGBTQ community or who have demonstrated a commitment to social justice and an ambition to work for equality.
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KAREN HINCKLEY CAMPBELL HONORS SCHOLARSHIP
Award: One award in the amount of $5,000 (May be used for tuition or Honors Housing)
Karen Hinckley Campbell lived in Salt Lake City, Utah for over 60 years and was a lifelong supporter of the multiple community and philanthropic activities of the University of Utah. This scholarship will be awarded to an Honors College student who is a refugee. Awarded funds may be used for tuition assistance or Honors Housing assistance (if used for housing, must be living in Honors Housing community).