Honors Scholarships

The Honors Program itself does not award funding to freshmen, though you may have received a scholarship through Undergraduate Admissions when you enrolled at the University. For current students, a limited number of funding opportunities are available, strongly supported by the generous contributions of alumni and donors.

Honors Freshmen

Holster Scholars First Year Project

The Holster Scholars program is a highly selective enrichment opportunity for curious first-year Honors students who wish to complete an independent project in the summer following their freshman year. Learn more.

Honors Sophomores and Juniors 

Oaklawn Scholarship

This program is for Honors students who will be in one of their last four semesters at UConn during the 2018-2019 academic year who were not awarded merit aid upon admission to UConn. The endowed scholarship is a renewable grant that is directly applied toward your tuition. Selection is based on a combination of academic excellence, involvement in UConn’s Honors Program, and leadership. Deadline to apply: February 8, 2019. Access the application. Any questions should be directed to honorsevents@uconn.edu

William P. O’Hara Endowed Scholarship Fund

This relatively new scholarship awards $500 to an undergraduate in the Honors Program who demonstrates academic achievement, is enrolled full-time in either CLAS or the School of Fine Arts at UConn, and expresses an interest in music. Deadline to apply: February 8, 2019. Access the application. Any questions should be directed to honorsevents@uconn.edu

Rowe Scholars Program

In Fall 2012, this highly competitive program (originally designed just for incoming first-year students from backgrounds underrepresented  in health care, who are interested in health professions) enrolled its first cohort of rising juniors. Learn more.

Honors Seniors

Philip and Barbara Kaplan Scholarship

This award was established by UConn alumni Ambassador Philip S. Kaplan and Barbara Kaplan to support a student of exceptional academic achievement with a demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in international public service.


  1. Be a senior undergraduate student or graduate student
  2. Be enrolled in the University’s Honors Program or participate in Enrichment Programs at the Storrs, CT campus
  3. Demonstrate exceptional academic achievement
  4. Demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in international public service

Find the application HERE. Deadline: November 7, 2018

Application materials include a 500-word personal essay explaining the candidate’s career objectives, an unofficial transcript, and one letter of recommendation from a faculty member.

For questions, please contact LuAnn Saunders-Kanabay
(Assistant Director, Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships)
860-486-1255  |  luann.saunders-kanabay@uconn.edu

Enrichment Funding