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Scholarships and Awards


From the list below, please select the appropriate academic year for scholarship opportunities.

Scholarship types and information

First Year

The University of Hartford awards academic merit scholarships called President’s and Regents’ Awards to qualified students based on SAT or ACT scores and class rank. Receipt of one of these scholarships means you also have qualified for the Honors Program.

The Hartt School and the Hartford Art School award talent scholarships that are based on artistic achievement, not on academic qualifications.

Sophomore and Junior

The Herbert P. Schoen Endowed Scholarship Fund

This is a full-tuition scholarship for a student’s final two years at the University of Hartford. Students must be matriculated in the College of Arts and Sciences, must have completed at least 30 credits at the University and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students also must be majoring in one of the following fields: sociology, politics, criminal justice, psychology, foreign languages, communication, history, or English. It is expected that the student's interests will be similar to those of Mr. Schoen—community and public service.

Application forms may be obtained from the Dean’s Office, College of Arts and Sciences. Application consists of biographical data, a brief essay by the student, a list of community and extracurricular activities, and two letters of recommendation. Please contact the Dean's Office on the application deadline (spring semester).

Morris K. Udall Scholarship

An award of $5,000 for a college sophomore or junior who shows outstanding commitment to improving or preserving the environment and has potential to make a significant future contribution in his or her chosen field. Student applicants who are Native American or natives of Alaska should demonstrate a commitment to health care or tribal public policy. For information visit Finalists must be nominated by the University. Deadline for application is early February (check website).

For more information, contact:

Dr. Katharine Owens, Department of Politics and Government


UNCF Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Award


Open to full-time African American students majoring in life or physical science. Students must have a minimum 3.3 GPA, be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and be committed to work as an intern for two summers at a Merck research facility.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship recognizes students who excel in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering and who demonstrate a commitment to pursue a career in these fields (students interested in medical school are eligible if they plan a research career and not a career as a practicing physician). The University is allowed to nominate four students for these competitive scholarships. Each scholarship provides an annual stipend up to $7,500.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education during the academic year. Sophomore nominees can expect to receive a maximum of two years of support. Students in two-year colleges who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate program at another institution may be nominated. Junior nominees can expect to receive a maximum of one year of support.
  • Have a college grade-point average of at least "B" (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class.
  • Be a United States citizen, a permanent resident, or, in the case of nominees from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, a United States national. Nominations from permanent residents must include a letter of the nominee's intent to obtain U.S. citizenship and a photocopy of the Permanent Resident Card (formerly known as the Alien Registration Card).

For more information, contact:

Professor Andy Craft, Department of Chemistry


Senior (applying for graduate study inside the USA)

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies (Visit Website):

This fellowship will pay for the first year of graduate study leading to a Ph.D. in a Humanities area. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have high GPA and GRE scores. Applicants must submit a request to apply directly to the foundation through its website.

Truman Scholarship  (Visit Website):

Open to United States citizens who were in the top 25% of their junior class, this scholarship provides a $26,000 merit-based award to undergraduates who wish to attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government or the non-profit sector. Candidates should have extensive records of public and community service and outstanding leadership potential and communication skills. Application deadline is in February. Candidates must be nominated by the institution’s faculty representative, Dr. Jilda Aliotta, Politics and Government, ext. 4218,

Senior (applying for graduate study outside the USA)

These scholarships are very prestigious and extremely competitive. They require a great deal of planning and hard work. Some of the scholarships have campus representatives that are here to help you through the process.

John G. Martin and Marion A. Bills Scholarships

The Martin and Bills Scholarship Program supports two years of graduate study at Oxford University. Interested University of Hartford graduating seniors in the fall of their final year must complete an application by the annual deadline, and the application is available on campus at CC 330, ext. 4696. The deadline for all materials to be considered for this scholarship is Oct. 16, 2020. To be awarded the scholarship, a student also must be admitted for graduate study at Oxford University.

You may include the faculty sponsor letters with your application or have the faculty send their letters directly to CC330. The Oxford Graduate bulletin is available at CC330 to help you decide which program you might like to pursue. We are available to discuss with you all aspects of the application including program of study.

Information about graduate degree programs

Please make an appointment so that we can answer any questions you might have.

The University's contact for information and advice is Dr. James Shattuck.

Campus Phone: 860.768.4696.

The finalists are chosen by a University Committee.

Rhodes Scholarship


The Rhodes is a highly competitive scholarship to Oxford University. It is a national competition and thus there is no guarantee that anyone from Hartford will receive one. If you are considering applying, please contact the Director of University Honors as soon as possible to make an appointment. The University must endorse all applicants to Rhodes so we will need to review your completed application prior to the Rhodes deadline in early October (check website).

The University's contact for information and advice is Dr. Don Jones, Director of University Honors.

Office: A212I
Campus Phone: 860.768.4751

Fulbright Student Scholarship


The Fulbright Program, administered by the U.S. Department of State, funds graduate study abroad for graduating college seniors, young professionals, and artists. The program, which operates in 140 countries worldwide, allows the opportunity for international experience, cultural immersion and enrichment as well as personal and career development. Most awards are for one academic year. The two types of Fulbright Awards are the Research/Study Grant and the English Teaching Assistantship. You must be a US citizen to apply. Proposed programs might include university coursework, independent library or field research, classes in music conservatories or art schools, special projects in the social or life sciences. The Fulbright website lists country specifications (as they vary greatly) and describes the application process in detail. If you are considering applying, please contact the University's Fulbright Representative as soon as possible to make an appointment. The campus deadline is two weeks before the Fulbright deadline in mid-October (check website).

The University's contact for information and advice is Sarah Reuter, Director of International Studies and on-campus Fulbright Representative.

Office: GSU 327
Campus Phone: 860.768.5101

Marshall Scholarship


Scholarships for two years of graduate study in Britain. Applicants must be United States citizens and have completed a four-year degree from a U.S. institution with a GPA of at least 3.7. Scholarships cover university fees, cost of living, airfare, etc.

Davies-Jackson Scholarship


Davies-Jackson provides a unique opportunity for graduating seniors with exceptional academic records to study at the University of Cambridge. Applicants must be American citizens and should be the first in their family to graduate from college, that is, the applicant's parents should not have graduated from a four-year college or university. Students can immerse themselves in the following academic subjects: archaeology, anthropology, classics, economics, English, geography, history, art history, modern and medieval languages, music, philosophy, or social and political science. The application deadline is in November. More information

George J. Mitchell Scholarship


The Mitchell Scholars Program is a national competitive fellowship sponsored by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance. The Mitchell Scholars Program, named to honor former United States 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 public service and community. Up to 12 Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: academic excellence, leadership, and a sustained commitment to service and community. The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend. The deadline is in early October (check website).


Use the list below to find out more information on each of the awards.

The Richard J. Cardin Research Award in the Humanities for A&S Students

University Alumnus and Regent Dick Cardin has made available funds to support research conducted by Arts and Sciences Honors students in humanities fields. These funds can be used to help defray costs associated with thesis research or with doing independent honors research. For example, a student might requests funds to support travel to a research library or to purchase special supplies or equipment needed for research.

Honors students should be nominated by a faculty sponsor, and the normal expectation is that Cardin funds will support independent study during the academic year, although summer research under formal faculty supervision will also be eligible. Not-for-credit projects may also be submitted. The maximum grant for any individual student projects will be $1,000. There will be two opportunities each academic year to submit proposals. The fall deadline is October 27, and the spring deadline is March 2.

Inquiries and proposals should be directed in electronic form to Interim Dean Katherine Black, College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Hartford. Selection of successful proposals will be the responsibility of the Dean.

The Elizabeth Williams Cathles Award

The University Libraries and Honors Program invite applications for the Elizabeth Williams Cathles Award in support of student research in a variety of disciplines and with broad interests. The award recipient is expected to present a paper at the end of the year as part of the appropriate Graduate or Undergraduate Research Colloquium.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Williams Cathles had a lifelong love of natural history and human cultures, a unique sense of the importance of travel, and a great appreciation for the adventure of learning, discussion, and travel. In her last decade, one of her favorite activities was serving as a volunteer in the Mortensen Library Archives.

To honor her, Betsy’s family and friends have endowed a student research project with the possibility of delving into the University of Hartford’s library resources as well as collections of histories, philosophies, and cultures in other research institutions.

The Research Award Eligibility

Undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Hartford are eligible for the Cathles Award. The desired areas of research are the humanities and the social sciences, with a preference given to cross-cultural or international research.

Student Qualification and the Application Process

- Normally a student must have at least a 3.25 average.

- Students should (1) be nominated by a faculty sponsor, and (2) submit a one- to two-page description of the proposed research. These resources can include books, equipment, release time from employment, and domestic travel to research sites. Funds may not be used to pay for transportation to a study abroad location but may be used to provide time for research that otherwise would be devoted to paid employment.

- The maximum grant for any individual student project will be $2,000 (no more than $1,000 per semester).

The application deadlines are October 1 and February 15.

Inquiries and proposals should be directed in electronic form to:

Don Jones, Director of the University Honors Program


Randi Ashton-Pritting, Director, University Libraries

Selection of successful proposals will be the responsibility of a committee.

The Ribicoff Prize and Lee Medal for Graduating Seniors

The Belle K. Ribicoff Prize

This prize is awarded annually to an exemplary graduating senior who has completed his or her junior year at the University of Hartford. Academic excellence is the primary criterion for this award. A cumulative grade point average at the University of Hartford of at least 3.7 is required. If the candidate is a transfer student, he or she must have a strong academic transcript from the institution or institutions previously attended. In addition to an outstanding formal academic record, the candidate should demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and familiarity with the major concepts and ideas that have shaped our culture and civilization. The prize will also recognize intellectual curiosity, originality of thought, and a commitment to extracurricular activities, including service to the university and/or to the larger community.

The John G. Lee Medal

This medal is awarded annually to an exemplary graduating senior based on the following three criteria: academic excellence (based mainly on cumulative grade point average), community service, and a permanent (home) address in one of 30 designated towns in the Greater Hartford Area. Community service can be to the University of Hartford Community, Greater Hartford Community, town, or organization.

Applying for Ribicoff Award and Lee Medal:

In order to apply, please complete a document/mini-packet that responds to the criteria for the Ribicoff and/or Lee awards described above and mail/deliver to: Dr. James Shattuck. You may use the same materials if you are applying to both the Ribicoff Prize and the Lee Medal.

The document you submit should also include a copy of your transcript (a student copy will do), a faculty letter of support, a list of other faculty and staff references, a list and brief description of your extracurricular activities and leadership, and list and brief description of any service to the university or community activities. Please also include contact numbers, phone number, address, and email address. We need to receive your application no later than February 23rd of your senior year. The Ribicoff Prize and John G. Lee Medal selection committee will choose the recipients by late March.

The Simon Fellowship for Graduating Seniors

The William E. Simon Fellowship is designed to encourage students as they complete their undergraduate education to pursue lives that will benefit themselves and their fellow men and women–that is, lives of "noble purpose." The Fellowship is an unrestricted cash grant that will be awarded to those graduating college seniors who have demonstrated passion, dedication, a high capacity for self-direction, and originality in pursuit of a goal that will strengthen civil society.

Each year ISI will award three Fellowships for Noble Purpose. The top award will be for $40,000. Two additional fellows will be chosen each year to receive grants of $5,000 each. Over the coming five years, ISI will award $250,000 to graduating college seniors who are named Simon Fellows. Examples of how recipients may use their award include: engage directly in the civic life of their community; help to create opportunity for others, including job creation; advance their expertise; and/or fund the ultimate realization of their noble purpose.

In addition to their mature conception of and passion for what they hope to accomplish, nominees for the prize will be evaluated on the basis of their academic record and extracurricular activities. The deadline for applications is in early February. For more information and an application, visit Intercollegiate Studies Institute.