Planner for an Honors Bachelor Degree
The following student course planners outline the requirements of an Honors Bachelor degree. They also list the University’s general education and graduation requirements that can be satisfied with Honors courses.
Planner for students who began study with Honors
Honors Advising fosters a supportive environment where Honors students feel empowered to pursue and achieve their educational and professional goals. Advisors serve as a bridge connecting students to opportunities tailored to their interests. Honors advisors and students work together to develop academic plans, explore campus and community resources, and set attainable goals.
Honors students can expect:
- Professional and friendly advisors who are well-versed in their academic areas of interest
- Assistance with integrating Honors Degree and major(s) requirements and developing timely graduation plans
- Guidance and support throughout the Honors Thesis process
- Relevant connections to internships, faculty mentors, resources and unique opportunities that will further enhance their undergraduate experiences
Scheduled appointments are often held at the Fort Douglas Honors Center, but they are also held in other locations. Please check your meeting confirmation to verify.
Honors College scholarship applications open for the 2020-2021 academic year effective January 7, 2020. Please note, scholarship opportunities listed below have varying submission deadlines. 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.
Bradley Study Abroad
Award: Varies based on need and funding
Applications accepted: January 6 – March 31
Generously donated by Martha Bradley Evans, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Scholarship funds are awarded to students who have completed the Honors College course City as Text (HONOR 2000) or City as Text: London (HONOR 3818), and will be studying abroad. Applicants should provide an essay that describes why their selected learning abroad is appropriate for helping them accomplish their major field of study goals. Funding will be awarded based on need and the compelling nature of essays and the connection to academic goals.
C. Charles Hetzel III Scholarship
Award: Two awards in the amount of $10,000 per student (tuition based– no cash award received)
Applications for incoming freshmen accepted: January 15 – April 1
C. 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 freshman 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.
Darke Honors Essay Award
Award: One award in the amount of $1,100
Applications from rising jr./sr. majoring in psychology accepted: Jan. 7 – Jan. 31
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”.
Duane Harris Butcher Endowed Scholarship
Award: One award in the amount of $2,400
Applications from Utah pioneer descendants accepted: Jan. 7 – Jan. 31
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.
James B. & Betty Debenham Scholarship
Award: Two awards in the amount of $2,250 per student
Applications from rising jr./sr. completing the thesis accepted: Jan. 7 – Jan. 31
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.
Janice R. Ugaki and R. Douglas Greally Outstanding Honors Student Scholarship
Award: One award in the amount of $1,500
Applications from rising seniors involved in community leadership accepted Jan. 7 – Feb. 28
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.
Kenneth Browning Handley Scholarship
Award: One award in the amount of $7,500 (no cash award)
Applications from jr./sr. working towards thesis completion accepted Jan. 7 – Jan. 31
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.
Lear Family Scholarship
Award: One award in the amount of $2,000
Applications from jr/sr working towards the thesis completion accepted Jan. 7 – Feb. 28
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.
Martha Bradley Evans Fellow Award
Award: One scholarship in the amount of $4,500
Applications from a rising junior/senior demonstrating skills in their field accepted Jan 1 – Jan 31
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.
Martin H. Hiatt Endowed Scholarship
Award: Four awards in the amount of $1,800
Applications from seniors demonstrating skills in their field accepted Jan. 7 – Feb. 14
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.
Randy L. Dryer Thesis Completion Scholarship
Award: Five scholarships in the amount of $1,000 per student
Apps. of first-generation students working towards honors thesis accepted Jan. 7 – Feb. 14
Funds are generously donated by Randy Dryer, Presidential Honors Professor and Professor of Law (Lecturer) at the University of Utah. Funding is to support thesis completion and assisting students in achieving the Honors degree. Students are required to be a first-generation college student and must submit a brief plan of their thesis topic in the application materials. 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. Applicants should plan to submit a brief plan of their desired thesis topic.
The Sweet Candy Company
Award: Eight scholarships in the amount of $2,000 per student.
Applications accepted from rising juniors completing the Honors degree Jan. 7 – Feb. 14
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.
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 7 – Feb 14)
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.
Additional Honors Advising
- Graduation advising: Please schedule an appointment with your academic advisor using the links above.
*Some majors in this college have an Honors track with specific course requirements that must be fulfilled to earn your Honors degree. See our Honors Faculty Advisor Directory to determine whether your department has an Honors track.
If you wish to withdraw from the Honors College you do not need to make an advising appointment. Although, it is encouraged that you speak with an advisor first. Talking through your options with an advisor can help you better decide your options.
*Note that the Honors fee will be charged through your tuition bill unless you submit your request by the census day (see academic calendar) of the current semester. We are unable to reimburse the fee for previous semesters.
**Students may not apply for withdrawal until they have completed one or more semesters at the University of Utah. e.g. incoming first year students beginning in the Fall of 2020 may apply for withdrawal after the culmination of the fall 2020 semester.