Eccles Scholarship

The Eccles Scholarship at the Honors College

Thanks to generous funding from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, the Honors College welcomes applications for the Eccles Scholarship. Students from all interests and majors are welcome.

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: Engaging A Great University, taught by emeritus faculty member Jack Newell, Ph.D.  This course introduces first-year students to the potential for gaining a truly rich undergraduate education at the University of Utah and starts them on a path to develop themselves as ethical leaders. In addition, first year students live together in the Donna Garff Marriott Honors Residential Community and enroll in 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 programing, including guaranteed admittance into an Honors Praxis Lab of their choosing, 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 (double room equivalent & 40 block meal plan)
  • $400 Book stipend per semester (at University Bookstore)

Only incoming first-year students coming directly from high school with no gap year may apply. Students who receive the scholarship can still apply for deferral and any deferrals will be honored by the Honors College. Both in-state and out-of-state applications are accepted. Applicants must have earned a 3.8 cumulative unweighted high school grade point average at time of application.

Interested students should complete the application, which includes an essay and a recommendation form by February 27th, 2017. Only students admitted to the Honors College for Fall 2017 are eligible to apply.

Application Materials

Eccles Scholarship Application

Eccles Scholarship Recommendation Form

(Only completed applications will be considered)

  • Application Form
  • Scholarship Essay
  • One properly signed and sealed Eccles Scholarship Recommendation Form
    **All materials, including recommendations, should be mailed or dropped off in the same envelope in the order listed above.
    Attn: Aaron Reynolds, 1975 DeTrobriand Street, Building 619, Salt Lake City, UT 84113


February 27th: Application Deadline

March 1-10: Applications are reviewed

March: 20-31: Interviews (in-person or Skype)

April 1: Notification of status

May 1: Commitment Date