Steffensen Cannon Scholarship - Undergraduate - College of Humanities


For undergraduate students in the College of Humanities as well as for direct descendants of Ellen Christina Steffensen Cannon; award includes a $10,000 scholarship for the 2022-23 academic year.



Established in 1989, the Ellen Christina Steffensen Cannon Scholarship has enabled more than 500 students to pursue excellence in their chosen fields of education and humanities. The legacy of the scholarship, “Be your best! Accomplish the most! Help the most!” is truly embodied by these former students of the University of Utah, many of whom have gone on to influential careers in education, business, law, and other fields.The Steffensen-Cannon Scholarship was established by Hugh Cannon to honor his mother, Ellen Christina Steffensen Cannon. The scholarship enables University of Utah students to pursue excellence in their chosen fields of Education and Humanities, without the burden of employment.



Applicants are restricted to:

(1) undergraduate students in the College of Humanities, and

(2) direct descendants* of Ellen Christina Steffensen Cannon. Descendants may pursue any program of study at the University of Utah.**

Steffensen Cannon scholars are full-time, matriculated University of Utah students. The intent of this scholarship is to provide recipients the opportunity for full-time study without any burden of employment. If a scholar desires limited employment (<10/wk), then they must submit a written request to the Steffensen Cannon Committee for its consideration and approval. The request must include the nature of the proposed work, number of hours involved, why it is necessary to do this work while a scholar, how it relates to the scholar’s academic or professional career, and how it will enhance and not impede the completion of academic work in an excellent and timely manner.

Please be sure to apply to the appropriate listing in the electronic application. For example, if you are a graduate student studying in the College of Humanities, be sure to choose the option entitled, “Steffensen Cannon Scholarship – Graduate – College of Humanities.” If you are a descendent or renewal applicant, be sure to answer the application questions accordingly. If you are an undergraduate in another field (e.g. math) and have been admitted or have applied to the Teacher Certification Program, then the College indicated should be Education and not Science.


*If an applicant is a descendant, a statement showing the direct lineage must accompany the Steffensen Cannon application. 

**Descendant applicants who are not studying in the Colleges of Education or Humanities may apply through either of the graduate links if they are a graduate student, or either of the undergraduate links if they are an undergraduate student.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Please upload a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.
  2. Please type a personal statement of a 1000 words or less describing general activities, intellectual interests, proposed course of study, academic achievements, and leadership and community experiences.
  3. Incoming freshmen who are applying for the undergraduate scholarship must upload official transcripts from all high schools attended.
  4. Undergraduate students must upload official transcripts of all college and university work. If applying for a scholarship renewal, a copy of the previous semester’s academic grades is satisfactory.
  5. (Optional) If an applicant is a descendant, upload a statement showing the direct lineage to Ellen Christina Steffensen Cannon.

    If a direct descendant wishes to claim financial need, please have a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) processed.

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