Eccles Scholarship



The Eccles Distinguished Scholarship at the Honors College

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—30 per year—participate in a selective cohort experience during their time as undergraduate Honors students.  Eccles Scholars begin by taking a yearlong class exploring ethics, science and leadership taught by emeritus faculty member Jack Newell, Ph.D. This course introduces first-year students to the potential of gaining a truly rich undergraduate education at The University of Utah and starts them on a path towards developing themselves as ethical leaders.

Living Learning Community

During the first year students live together in the University of Utah’s newest residential building, Kahlert Village, as part of their living learning community experience. Additionally, students take a series of cohort classes together during their time at the University, including a Reacting to the Past Intellectual Traditions course taught by award-winning professor, Dr. Ann Engar.

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, supported leadership conference sponsorship, and distinguished scholarship and graduate school mentorship.

Accepted Eccles Scholars receive an 8 semester comprehensive scholarship to the University of Utah:

  • 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 provided housing up to the cost of a double room at the Marriott Honors Community (MHC) and a 40 block meal plan.
  • $400 Book stipend per semester at the University Bookstore.

 Who Can Apply

  • Incoming first-year students with no gap year
  • Must have been accepted to the Honors College (admissions decisions are released via email on January 15)
  • All majors and areas of interest
  • Both in state and out of state applicants
  • Applicants with 3.8 cumulative unweighted high school grade point average at time of application

How to Apply

*Applicants are NOT eligible to apply until they have received notification of their University and Honors College acceptance. Honors College decisions are released on January 15th, 2020).

Step 1: Sign in and complete the General Application here:

Applicants must login using their uNID number and Campus Information Systems (CIS) password. Once signed in, you will be prompted to complete the General Scholarship application. To locate your uNID please refer to your admission letter.

Please note: all communication concerning your application will be sent to your University assigned email. The University of Utah reserves the right to send official communication to students by email with full expectation that students will receive and read these emails.

Step 2: Navigate to and complete the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Distinguished Scholarship here:


Letter of Recommendation

The letter of recommendation process occurs entirely through the online portal, within the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles application (see Step 2).

The application asks for the name and email of someone who is willing to submit a one page letter of recommendation. Once the contact information is submitted, your reference will receive an email from the University of Utah Scholarships Office with a hyperlink and directions to upload a letter.

Letters of recommendation must be requested by the applicant before the submission deadline. For difficulties related to the letter of recommendation contact Amber Thackeray directly at


Only completed applications submitted through the online portal will be considered. Submission deadline February 11, 2020 11:59pm (MST).


A University assigned student email account shall be the University’s official means of communication with all University of Utah students.  The University reserves the right to send official communications to students by email with the full expectation that students will receive email and read these emails in a timely fashion.


2020 Application Timeline

Application opens: Jan 15, 2020

Application Deadline: Feb 11, 2020 11:59 (MST)

Feb 12: Application Review Begins

Early March: Interview Invitations Sent

March: Interviews (in-person or Skype)

March 31: Notification of Status

April 17: Commitment Date


For questions contact:

Amber Thackeray, Ed.D.