Steffensen Cannon Scholarship - Undergraduate - College of Education

The Ellen Cristina Steffensen Cannon Undergraduate Scholarship
This scholarship opportunity is for undergraduate students in the College of Education as well as for direct descendants of Ellen Christina Steffensen Cannon; award includes a $10,000 scholarship for the 2022-23 academic year.

The Steffensen Cannon Undergraduate Scholarship was stablished 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 is their motto – to be your best, accomplish the most, and help the most! – which is truly embodied by the Steffensen Cannon scholars and the alumni of the award, many of whom have gone on to influential careers in education, business, law, and other fields.The Steffensen Cannon Fellowship was established by Hugh Cannon to honor his mother, Ellen Christina Steffensen Cannon. This award 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 Education
  2. Secondary education students (particularly in mathematics, science, and early childhood education) who will be in the College of Education’s teacher certification program by Fall Semester 2023
  3. 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/week), 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 fellow’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 Education, be sure to choose the option entitled ‘Steffensen Cannon Scholarship – Undergraduate – College of Education.’

*If an applicant is a descendant, a statement showing the direct lineage must accompany the Steffensen Cannon application. Please be sure to answer the application questions accordingly. 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.

DEADLINES: Student’s should submit their application no later than January 6, 2023, and letters of recommendation are due by January 13, 2023.

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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