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(Distinguished Merit Scholarship)

Each fall the University Honors Program awards a dozen full four-year scholarships to highly qualified freshmen. The Honors Scholarship awards $1500 per semester ($3000 annually) in addition to full tuition and fees. The total value of the four-year award is more than $40,000. Recipients are selected from the most qualified applicants of the fall freshmen cohort. 

Basic Eligibility Criteria

SAT 1170 or  ACT 24 
High School GPA 3.5+ OR Class Rank Top 15% 
Renewal Criteria for the Honors Scholarship

Cumulative GPA of 3.2+ 
Earn 15 credit hours per long semester - 30 credit hours per academic year​ 
Maintain membership in the University Honors Program in Good Standing 


 Fall deadline has passed.  Check back with us for Spring Hamman Application in January 2023​. 

Students in the University Honors Program may apply to receive additional financial support through the Hamman Scholarship​. These funds are limited, and applicants must reapply each semester.  At the end of the scholarship semester, recipients will be required to submit a reflection focused on their academic goals and experience in the University Honors Program. 


  • Current m​ember in Good Standing of the University Honors Program 
  • Minimum GPA 3.0 
  • Enrolled in at least 12 hours 
  • Extra consideration given to applicants taking 15 hours or more 

 Applications are reviewed and scored by a scholarship committee com​​posed of the faculty of the Honors Council and the director of the Honors Program. Applicants may request up to $1000 per semester; however, award amounts are determined by the scholarship committee. Awards ​are typically disbursed midway through the semester. 


As part of their application, all applicants must submit a fully developed multi-paragraph essay in response to the following questions: 

  • How will the requested funds contribute to your academic success this semester? 
  • By what standard should the scholarship committee measure your success? 

Last updated 10/17/2022 10:23 AM