Distinguished Scholars

Honors students from all majors may be particularly suited to apply for Distinguished Scholarships like the Rhodes, MarshallChurchill, and Mitchell to attend graduate school in the United Kingdom and Ireland. These Scholarships are looking for outstanding academic merit, as well as leadership potential, social and community engagement, and ambassadorial aptitude—all traits of a successful Honors student!

50% of Honors College graduates go immediately on to Graduate or Professional schools—why not go to the U.K. to do research at the University of Oxford, Cambridge, or another British institution supported by these prestigious scholarships?

For other Nationally Competitive Scholarship opportunities that may be available to you, please explore the list hosted by the Office of Global Engagement website.

If you are interested in applying to one of these Scholarships, please contact Ginger Smoak, a member of the Honors Faculty and the Distinguished Scholarship advisor, at Ginger.Smoak@utah.edu.

Honors Distinguished Scholarship Form

Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. The Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a two-year Graduate degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. One to two-year programs at the graduate level in a UK institution in any field of study. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programs contributes to their ultimate personal success.

Churchill Scholarships provide funding to American students for a year of Master’s study in science, mathematics, and engineering at the University of Cambridge, based at Churchill College. The Scholarship was set up at the request of Sir Winston Churchill in order to fulfil his vision of US-UK scientific exchange with the goal of advancing science and technology on both sides of the Atlantic, helping to ensure our future prosperity and security.

The Mitchell Scholarship Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.  Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: scholarship, leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service.

FOCUS: 
  • Study abroad for a minimum of 6 months (8 weeks for students in STEM fields) in a location critical to U.S. security
  • Demonstrate an interest in working for the federal government after graduation
ELIGIBILITY:
  • Matriculated undergraduate student in an accredited U.S. institution
  • Ability to complete Boren-funded programs before graduation
  • Plan to study in an eligible world region
  • U.S. citizen
AWARD:
  • $10,000 for a semester
  • $20,000 for a full academic year
  • $8,000 for a summer program (for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum)
APPLICATION TIMELINE:
  • Begin application process in early October
  • Deadline is early January
CONTACT: 
FOCUS: 
  • Demonstrate outstanding Intellectual ability in the areas of math, science and engineering. Also, have significant research experience in his/her area of interest, preferably at multiple institutions and have presented/published work.  
  • Good fit between applicant’s qualification and program of study at Cambridge, which, they are applying.
  • Previous international experience highly recommended.
  • Scholarship will fund a 1-year masters degree (Msc).
  • Students must complete their bachelors’ degree prior to starting a graduate program at Cambridge.  
  • http://www.winstonchurchillfoundation.org/scholarship.html
ELIGIBILITY:
  • University of Utah Endorsement required.
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Apply to the University of Cambridge to a graduate program by mid-October.
  • Must be in final year of undergraduate study or be with in 12 months of graduating.
AWARD:
  • Full tuition at University of Cambridge, Housing and Stipend to complete a 1 year Masters Degree (Msc), total funding $60,000 for the year.
APPLICATION TIMELINE:
  • Begin endorsement process early January.
  • Mid-October application deadline to Cambridge
  • Early November application deadline
CONTACT: 
FOCUS: 
  • Undergraduate and graduate academic experience in countries around the world
  • Complete an academic project abroad which can be research as part of a graduate degree in the U.S. or a project of personal interest to a recent graduate that might be preparatory work to apply to a graduate program
  • Collaborate with peers and a faculty advisor at a university abroad
ELIGIBILITY:
  • U.S. citizen
  • Undergraduates in final year (must have earned bachelor’s degree by beginning of grant period) and Graduate Students (cannot have earned PhD yet when applying)
  • Depending on location, proficient in local language
AWARD:
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Monthly living stipend (may extend to dependents in specific locations)
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Other benefits dependent on location
APPLICATION TIMELINE:
  • Prepare application May – September
  • Campus Deadline is in September
CONTACT: 
  • Jolyn Schleiffarth, Graduate School, Park 305, jolyn.schleiffarth@gradschool.utah.edu
  • Howard Lehman, Political Science, lehman@poli-sci.utah.edu
FOCUS: 
  • Assist with teaching English and U.S. culture in schools around the world
  • Cultural immersion
  • 8-12 months
ELIGIBILITY:
  • U.S. citizen
  • Undergraduates in final year (must have earned bachelor’s degree by beginning of grant period) and Graduate Students (cannot have earned PhD yet when applying)
  • Depending on location, proficient in local language
AWARD:
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Monthly living stipend (may extend to dependents in specific locations)
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Other benefits dependent on location
APPLICATION TIMELINE:
  • Prepare application May – September
  • Campus Deadline is in September
CONTACT: 
  • Jolyn Schleiffarth, Graduate School, Park 305, jolyn.schleiffarth@gradschool.utah.edu
  • Howard Lehman, Political Science, lehman@poli-sci.utah.edu
FOCUS: 
  • For graduate study at the University of Cambridge
  • Demonstrate outstanding Intellectual ability, leadership potential, clear reason for studying at the University of Cambridge for graduate school and a commitment to improving the lives of others.
  • Good fit between applicant’s qualification and program of study at Cambridge, which, they are applying.
  • Scholarship will fund either a 1 year masters degree (Msc) or 3 year doctorate degree (PhD).
  • Students must complete their bachelors’ degree prior to starting a graduate program at Cambridge.
  • https://www.gatescambridge.org/apply/ideal-candidate
ELIGIBILITY:
  • U.S. Citizen
  • GPA above 3.75
  • No University of Utah Endorsement required.
  • Apply to the University of Cambridge to a graduate program by mid-October.
  • No age limit.
AWARD:
  • Full tuition at University of Cambridge, Housing + $22,000/year stipend to complete either 1 year Masters Degree (Msc) or 3 year doctorate degree (PhD).
APPLICATION TIMELINE:
  • Mid-October application deadline to Cambridge
  • Begin application early January.
CONTACT: 
FOCUS: 
  • Participation in learning abroad, including credit-bearing internships
  • Students from diverse ethnic backgrounds
  • First-generation students
  • Students with disabilities
  • Students planning to study in locations that are less common destinations for US students
  • Students in fields of study underrepresented in learning abroad (including but not limited to STEM fields)
ELIGIBILITY:
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Undergraduate student
  • Must be receiving a full Federal Pell Grant at time of application or during term abroad
  • Must be applying to a study abroad program or internship eligible for credit at the student’s U.S. higher education institution
  • Studying or interning for a minimum of 4 weeks in one country
AWARD:
  • Up to $5,000
APPLICATION TIMELINE:
  • Jan-Mar for Summer, Fall, and Academic Year programs, Aug-Oct for Spring programs
CONTACT: 
FOCUS: 
  • Undergraduates in the area of Science, Math and Engineering who intend on pursing research careers in these areas.
  • Currently involved in research.
  • Preference to students who have presented/published their research results.
  • https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org
ELIGIBILITY:
  • Must have University of Utah Endorsement
  • Must be pursing a BS in the areas of Science, Math or Engineering.
  • Must have 1 year of undergraduate study left to apply.
AWARD:
  • $7,500 merit based scholarship
APPLICATION TIMELINE:
  • Mid- November deadline for Endorsement by College of Science.
  • Application due late January.
CONTACT: 
FOCUS: 
  • For graduate study at any university in the UK.
  • Strong Academics, extensive leadership in field of study, ability to problem solve and translate field of study to the UK.
  • Student must present a strong case for why studying a particular graduate program in the UK is important to their long-term goals and how the experience will improve upon the US-UK relationship in their chosen field of study.
  • Open to all majors.
  • http://www.marshallscholarship.org/about/generalinfo
ELIGIBILITY:
  • University of Utah Endorsement required
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Minimum GPA 3.7
  • Can apply last year of undergraduate or up to 3 year after the completion of first bachelors’ degree.
AWARD:
  • $100,000 (2 years of graduate study in the UK, with possibility to extend to 3 years total)
APPLICATION TIMELINE:
  • Begin endorsement process early January.
  • Pre-endorsement interviews, early April
  • Endorsement interviews, end of August
  • Applications submitted by Oct 1
CONTACT: 
FOCUS: 
  • Open to all majors
  • For graduate study in Ireland or Northern Ireland
  • Focused on merit (GPA > 3.7), leadership and public service
ELIGIBILITY:
  • University of Utah Endorsement required
  • U.S. Citizen
  • GPA 3.7
  • Demonstrated leadership and public service experience
  • Age 30 or younger
AWARD:
  • $40,000 (1 year of graduate study in Ireland and Northern Ireland)
APPLICATION TIMELINE:
  • Start application process early January
  • Endorsement interviews end of August
  • Application due Mid-October
CONTACT: 
FOCUS: 
ELIGIBILITY:
  • Must be pursuing a research-based master or doctoral degree from an accredited US institution
AWARD:
  • 3 year annual stipend of $32,000 and $12,000 cost of education allowance
APPLICATION TIMELINE:
  • November deadlines, staggered by discipline
CONTACT: 
FOCUS: 
  • For graduate study at the University of Oxford
  • For students with high scholarly achievement, passion for sport, clear evidence of the ability to lead, and can demonstrate how they plan to make an impact in this world.
  • Students must complete their bachelors’ degree prior to starting a graduate program at Oxford.
  • http://www.rhodesscholar.org/applying-for-the-scholarship/
ELIGIBILITY:
  • University of Utah Endorsement required
  • At least 18 but under 24 years of age prior to Oct 1 deadline
  • Open to all majors
AWARD:
  • $100,000 (2 years of graduate study at Oxford, housing and stipend)
APPLICATION TIMELINE:
  • Begin endorsement process early January.
  • Pre-endorsement interviews, early April
  • Endorsement interviews, end of August
  • Applications submitted by Oct 1
CONTACT: