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CSBS GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP and scholarship DATABASE

In order to be considered for a fellowship/scholarship through the College of Social and Behavioral Science, students are required to fill out the University Scholarship Application and the College of Social and Behavioral Science Graduate Fellowship Application. Once you fill out BOTH applications, you will be considered for all applicable fellowships and scholarships offered at a college level. University level scholarships require an individual application. Visit the graduate scholarship page for details.

To apply for department specific fellowships/scholarships, please inquire within your program regarding the separate application process.

Fellowships and scholarships are sorted by individual departments/programs. Choose an option below to learn more about each scholarship, including additional criteria/requirements. 

ROBERT ANDERSON ENDOWED FELLOWSHIP

Description: This award was funded by the family of the late Professor Robert Anderson, professor of anthropology and expert in native american studies.

Amount:

Up to $8,000
Criteria/Requirements: N/A

OLPIN-ASHTON TRUST AND FELLOWSHIP FUND

Description: The fund was established in 1967 by Mary G. Lowe, Head of the Home Economics Department of the university (now Family and Consumer Studies) to encourage excellence in pursuing graduate study in "areas related to home and family."

Amount:

Up to $2,000
Criteria/Requirements:
  • Merit as well as acceptance into the graduate program.
About the Donor: The fund was created as a permanent tribute to the support of university president, A. Ray Olpin and Raymond J. Ashton to develop the Home Living Center on the campus of the university.

JOLYNN BRIXEY FELLOWSHIP

Description: The fund was established in honor of JoLynn Brixey.

Amount:

$1,750
About the Donor: JoLyn worked as a public servant for 29 years, and returned for her bachelor’s and master degree later in her career. She was known as a bright and enjoyable student by her classmates and the MPA faculty and staff.

REED K. & IRENE L. CLEGG MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

Description: Annual fund provided by the Jones Family

Amount:

Up to $3,500

VIRGINIA F. CUTLER FAMILY FELLOWSHIP

Description: This scholoarship was established in honor of Virginia Farrer Cutler.

Amount:

$3,000
About the Donor:

Virginia Farrer Cutler was a noted educator, author, lecturer, philanthropist, and
advocate. She was the dean of the home economics department at the University
of Utah and Brigham Young University. She worked for the United States Point
Four Program in Southeast Asia, established a home science degree at the
University of Ghana, and served on the White House Consumer Committee.

G. HOMER DURHAM ENDOWED FELLOWSHIP

Description: A scholarship fund established in 1998 by Garth N. and Marie Jones in the name of G. Homer Durham for graduate students enrolled in the MPA program with high academic achievement.

Amount:

Up to $2,000
Criteria/Requirements:
  • Recipients should, if and when their circumstances permit, return to the scholarship fund an amount equal to what they received, to ensure the fund's ability to help future graduate students.
About the Donor: G. Homer Durham was a distinguished teacher, scholar, and administrator in higher education. He was an administrative pioneer to an extraordinary extent. Among other things, he was first Chair of the Political Science Department and first Academic Vice President at The University of Utah; President of Arizona State University soon after its transition from a college to a university; and first commissioner of Higher Education for the State of Utah. He also served a term as President of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA).

Spencer F. & Cleone P. Eccles Family Foundation Fellowship

Description: A scholarship fund established in honor of the Spencer F. & Cleone P. Eccles Family.

Amount:

Varies

HERBERT W. GUSTAFSON ENDOWED GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP

Description: The scholarship is a gift from the Herbert W. Gustafson Estate.

Amount:

Up to $7,000
Criteria/Requirements:
  • It is intended for students in the pursuit of quantitative study of human social behavior.

FLORIAN HERNANDEZ & BRIAN PARCELL SCHOLARSHIP

Description: This scholarship was established in honor of Florian Hernandez & Brian Parcell.

Amount:

Up to $1,000

MARTIN HARRIS HIATT ENDOWED FELLOWSHIP

Description: Donated by the estate of Martin H. Hiatt.

Amount:

Up to $7,000
Criteria/Requirements: Selection criteria is left to the committee's discretion

GARTH JONES & MARIE CLEGG-JONES & FAMILY ENDOWED FELLOWSHIP

Description: This fellowship is given in honor of Garth Jones, a graduate of the University of Utah and Professor Emeritus of the University of Alaska.

Amount:

$1,000
Criteria/Requirements:
  • This opportunity is for students enrolled in one of the many joint-degree programs (JD, MSW, MPH, MHA)
About the Donor: Dr. Jones has been a long-time supporter of the U's MPA Program. Dr. Jones helped raise significant funding for other scholarships available to MPA students as well.

Garth N. Jones & Dalmas H. Nelson Writing Award

Description: All current MPA students will be sent an application mid-February and it will be due at the beginning of March. MPA applicants who apply to the program by February 15th will also be sent an application that's due at the beginning of March. The process and deadlines may vary from year to year.

Amount:

Varies

HOWARD-KARSTEN FELLOWSHIP

Description:

Established in 1999 by Siegfried G. and Ellen G. Karsten as the Howard-Karsten Endowed Fellowship/Scholarship Fund in the Department of Economics in memory of Aubrey Howard.

Amount:

Up to $8,000
Criteria/Requirements:
  • Doctoral candidates in Economics. In rare circumstances it may be awarded to an undergraduate with senior class standing.

  • Recipients shall ne full-time students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

  • They shall have passed the qualifying exam on the first attempt.

  • They have a cumulative GPA of 3.7 and shall maintain a 3.7 GPA each semester.

DONALD A. & SUSAN P. LEWON SCHOLARSHIP

Description: Scholarship funded by Donald & Susan Lewon

Amount:

Up to $7,750
Criteria/Requirements:
  • This Fellowship will be used to support students in the study of the successful coordination of public and private agencies and communities working together for responsible stewardship of public lands.
About the Donor:

read more about don lewon

THOMAS H. AND CHIYO H. MORITA ENDOWED FELLOWSHIP

Description: This fellowship is named in honor of the donor’s parents, who were forcibly removed from their homes and relocated to concentration camps in Delta, Utah, and Minidoka, Idaho.

Amount:

Up to $4,000
Criteria/Requirements:
  • Demonstrated academic excellence.
  • The student’s own statement on academic and career success, as well as financial need and community involvement.
  • Asian-American or other underrepresented ethnic applicants can be given preference in the award process.
About the Donor: The internment precluded them from obtaining a college education. This injustice did not make them bitter, but inspired them to educate their child that justice and freedom are protected by the Constitution. In appreciation for the extraordinary commitment and efforts of her parents, Renee Morita has endowed this fellowship in their name and memory.

MPA Civic Engagement & Community Outreach

Description: The MPA Program has a long history of graduates who have been involved with, and remain involved with civic engagement and community partnerships. This scholarship recognizes a student who meets this spirit of dedication to community, an organization and/or a cause.

Amount:

$1,750
About the Donor: The fellowship is in recognition of the large number of nonprofit students enrolled in the MPA program and of the growing significance of nonprofits in public affairs generally.

MPA Diversity Fellowship

Description: Preference in awarding this scholarship is given to students from underrepresented communities and populations.

Amount:

$1,750
Criteria/Requirements: The following will be considered in the selection decision:
  • Past and current academic performance
  • Financial need
  • Community 
  • Civic involvement 
  • Future career plans that include enhancing diversity and community/civic engagement.
About the Donor: READ MORE ABOUT Oakley Gordon

J. STEVEN & PATRICIA M. OTT NONPROFIT FELLOWSHIP

Description: This fellowship is given in honor of former Dean and current professor J. Steven Ott for his scholarly contributions and leadership in the nonprofit field. The fellowship is in recognition of the large number of nonprofit students enrolled in the MPA program and of the growing significance of nonprofits in public affairs generally.

Amount:

Up to $1,750
About the Donor: The fellowship is in recognition of the large number of nonprofit students enrolled in the MPA program and of the growing significance of nonprofits in public affairs generally.

ESTHER PETERSON SCHOLARSHIP

Description: A scholarship fund established in 1992 by various donations to create the Esther Peterson Scholarship to provide scholarships for students in the Department of Family and Consumer Studies who have demonstrated a commitment to social justice

Amount:

Up to $3,000
Criteria/Requirements:
  • A deserving student in the department of Family and
    Consumer Studies.

STEPHEN E. REYNOLDS ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Description: A fund established in honor of Professor Stephen Reynolds.

Amount:

Up to $7,500
Criteria/Requirements:
  • Students Seeking a Master of Science in International Affairs and Global Enterprise (MIAGE)
About the Donor: Professor Stephen Reynolds held a PhD in Economics and taught at the University of Utah for 47 years. He loved teaching and he loved his family. Steve was known and admired throughout the world, and he impacted thousands of lives both through his teaching and his stoic goodness. He taught in Europe, Central America and Asia. He came to love Asia and Thailand in particular where he left a lasting legacy.

EARL AND ELIES SKIDMORE ENDOWED GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP

Description: Scholarship funded by Earl and Elies Skidmore.

Amount:

Up to $7,000
About the Donor:

Earl S. Skidmore earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah where he majored in Sociology and Anthropology and earned minors in Zoology and Chemistry. Earl's studies at the University were interrupted by two years of service in the U.S. Navy. Later in his career, Earl returned to higher education earning a Phd. in Chemistry from Stanford University.

Earl entered the University in 1942 and was a freshman member of the Assembly Committee. He played for Utah's basketball team in 1942-1943 and was active in Sigma Chi. In fact, Earl's wife, Elies, was the "Sweetheart of Sigma Chi." The two were married in 1947 following Earl's graduation.

Earl began his career working for Phillips Petroleum in Spokane, Wash. After three years, he moved to the San Francisco Bay area and eventually owned and operated four gas stations _ Skid's royal Stations. In 1958, Skidmore sold the stations and began Pressure Vessel Service _ a chemical company specializing in handling corrosive chemicals and creating a variety of chemical solutions. Earl devoted over 30 years to PVS and to the chemical industry, serving as president of Esbro Chemical and president of the Northern California Chemical Association.

Three examples illustrate the array of work Earl did at PVS. His company created a sanitary wash still used today to clean pre-packaged vegetables. When Boeing first constructed the 747, PVS provided a solution in which the landing gear struts were bathed. Perhaps most interesting, the company worked with NASA to improve the performance of panels on the space shuttle as it re enters the earth's atmosphere.

Earl has been a leader in professional and community associations throughout his lifetime. He was president of the board of directors for United Stations while working in the retail gas industry. He was on the board of directors of the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce and president of the San Carlos Optimist Club. Earl also served on the boards of three Silicon Valley electronics companies. Earl and Elies have given scholarships to CSBS students for several years. In 2007, they endowed this scholarship.

TIFFANY BELL STOCK MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP

Description: This fellowship is in memory of Tiffany Stock, a former student of the Executive MPA Program, in support of current students of the program.

Amount:

$1,000
Criteria/Requirements: N/A

Major Brent R. Taylor Endowed Scholarship

Description: A fund established in honor of Major Brent R. Taylor by Jennie Taylor

Amount:

Varies
Criteria/Requirements:
  • Must be enrolled in the Master of Public Administration Program and/or the Political Science Doctoral Program.
  • Preference will be given to students who are and/or commit themselves to the armed forces, public service, or community service.
About the Donor: Jennie Taylor created the Major Brent R. Taylor Endowed Scholarship to continue Brent’s
commitment to service. “It is our desire, as a family, to carry on Brent’s legacy of service,
sacrifice and statesmanship in a way that inspires future students to likewise focus on the
same. Our cities, communities, state and nation need more of the kind of service-leadership
that Brent exemplified. There are many things Brent might have gone on to do with his
professional and public-service life, had he had more years of life on earth. Now that he is
no longer here to fulfill any such future roles of leadership, that torch must be passed
on to the next generation.”

DAVID C. WILLIAMS MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP

Description: The David C. Williams Memorial Fellowship was established by David’s wife, Dr. Kathleen B. Hom. 

Amount:

Up to $7,750
Criteria/Requirements:
  • This Fellowship will be used to support students in the study of the successful coordination of public and private agencies and communities working together for responsible stewardship of public lands.
About the Donor: David Charles Williams (1937-2002) was one of the first consultants to address the concerns of communities facing rapid growth due to energy projects. In 1981, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a member of the Senior Executive Service; he joined the Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior. In 1991, he became Chief of Planning for BLM, and in 1992, for the State Department, coordinated the American contingent to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Brazil. David was responsible for the land use planning of all federal lands managed by the agency. During this period he earned his MPA from the University of Southern California, and began work on his doctorate. David believed that responsible stewardship of public lands required the informed participation of citizens as well as public and private agencies. To this end, he moved to Utah to complete his dissertation and to teach at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. David was the first Stegner Fellow in the School of Law, where he created a course on Protected Lands; he also taught Administrative Theory for Public Administration.
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Last Updated: 1/8/20