Steffensen Cannon Scholarship - Graduate - College of Education

The Ellen Cristina Steffensen Cannon Graduate Fellowship
This fellowship opportunity is for graduate students in the College of Education as well as for direct descendants of Ellen Christina Steffensen Cannon.

The Steffensen Cannon Graduate Fellowship 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 fellows and the alumni of the fellowship, 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 Steffensen Cannon fellows to pursue excellence in their chosen fields of Education and Humanities, without the burden of employment.


  • $27,000 fellowship stipend
  • Graduate tuition & fee coverage (up to 12 graduate credits)
  • Subsidized health insurance

Steffensen Cannon fellows are full-time, matriculated graduate University of Utah students. Applicants should be in good academic standing and model academic excellence. Applicants must be:

  1. Graduate students in the College of Education,
  2. Secondary education graduate students (particularly in mathematics, science, and early childhood education) who will be in the College of Education’s teacher certification program by Fall semester 2024, or
  3. Direct descendants* of Ellen Christina Steffensen Cannon; descendants may pursue any graduate program of study at the University of Utah

(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.)

Please be sure to apply to the appropriate listing in the AcademicWorks 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 – Graduate – College of Education.’

DEADLINES: Student’s should submit their application no later than December 29, 2023, and letters of recommendation are due by January 5, 2024.

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. Graduate students must upload unofficial transcripts of all college and university work. If applying for a scholarship renewal, a copy of the previous semester’s academic grades is satisfactory.
  4. Please upload an additional statement of no more than five double-spaced pages (12 pt font or larger) specifying scholarly and/or research interests as well as a clear description of the project, thesis or dissertation.
  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.

  6. (Optional) For renewal applicants only - Please provide a brief statement describing the impact of the award on your education and research thus far, and updating the Committee on your progress over the past year.
  7. Please provide the name and email for letter of recommendation #1
  8. Please provide the name and email for letter of recommendation #2
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