Honors College Scholarships and Awards

Anaruth Gordon Honors College Endowed Scholarship [PDF]

Deadline: April 1

The Anaruth Gordon Honors College Endowed Scholarship is a gift from EMU Honors alumnus Mark Gordon ('93) to honor his mother, Dr. Anaruth Gordon, who served as Assistant Director of The Honors College at Eastern Michigan University from 1989 to 1992. Dr. Ruth, as she was known to students, is a lifelong educator who thoroughly enjoyed working with students and appreciated the value of an Honors education. Recipients must be members of The Honors College in good standing and must have completed a minimum of 12 Honors hours. One award of $400 to $500 is distributed each fall.

Brown-Chappell Scholarship [PDF]

Deadline: November 15

Established by Dr. Betty Brown-Chappell and her family in recognition of her 17 years as a faculty member in EMU's School of Social Work, this $1,000 scholarship is intended to promote college completion by first generation or underrepresented students. Preference is given to McNair Scholars, Honors students, CHHS students, and social work students.  

Founders Award [PDF]

Deadline: April 1

The Founders Award was established by the founders of The Honors College to encourage and support experiential learning. The Honors College provides 2-3 awards of $500 to $750 each year to support a carefully-planned, experiential learning program. Preference is given to students seeking support for an unpaid internship.

Awards are based on:

  • Quality of the proposal (clarity and thoroughness of goals and purpose).
  • Relevance of the experience to the student's educational and/or career goals.
  • Likelihood of a high-quality, productive learning experience, based on the applicant's past record.

Honors Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Deadline: April 1 (fall and summer semester) & November 1 (winter semester)

The Honors College Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program is designed to support Honors students who are pursuing innovative creative projects and advanced scholarly research. Projects may include but are not limited to: artistic creation/performance; primary archival, laboratory, or field research; interpretive analysis/scholarship; preparing scholarship for publication; participation in professional conferences and activities. Project proposals require the sponsorship of a faculty mentor, who will oversee the timeline and completion of the proposed research/creative activity. Fellowships are competitive and awarded biannually, with the possibility of renewal.  

The program has three levels of funding:

  • Undergraduate Research Fellowship ($1500 for one semester).
  • Senior Project Fellowship ($2000 for one semester; must have submitted a Senior Project Proposal to be eligible).
  • Renewal of a Research Fellowship ($1000 for one semester following a $1500 or $2000 Fellowship).

Ross A. Oliver Student Leadership Endowed Scholarship [PDF]

Deadline: April 1

The Ross A. Oliver Student Leadership Scholarship was created to support students who demonstrate exemplary leadership in the EMU campus community and, in particular, leadership that encourages and supports diversity. Although the scholarship is open to all students, preference is given to members of The Honors College. Award amounts range from $350 to $500.

Study Abroad Scholarship [PDF]


February 1: Travel dates between June 1 - August 15
May 1: Travel dates between August 16 - December 31
November 15: Travel dates between January 1 - May 30

The Honors College offers scholarship resources to help defray the expense of study-abroad programs. Applications are reviewed on the basis of need and merit, with emphasis on the applicant's case that studying abroad significantly advances their academic purposes. Students must be in good standing and must have successfully completed at least one Honors course to be eligible to receive an Honors Study Abroad Scholarship. Preference is generally given to students participating in EMU study-abroad programs. Study abroad scholarships range from $500 for programs of less than three weeks to up to $2000 for semester-long programs.

Susan and John Ullrich Endowed Scholarship [PDF]

Deadline: April 1

The Susan and John Ullrich Endowed Scholarship was created to recognize an Eastern Michigan University student for leadership outside of the student's normal course of study (e.g., athletics, clubs, student government, community volunteerism, or social initiatives). The Honors College selects the recipient, but applicants need not be members of the college. Awards range from $1000 to $1500, with the funds divided across a Fall and Winter term.

Travel Grant Application [PDF]

Honors College Travel Grants are designed to support Honors students who travel for research purposes, attend a conference to present a paper that has been accepted for presentation, or interview for a national scholarship competition. When funds remain, Honors students may also seek Travel Grant funds to participate in US travel courses. Students who seek funding for a conference must submit proof of the acceptance of their paper, poster, or workshop. Travel Grant awards are capped at $1000, but most awards are in the $400-$800 range. Applications for Travel Grants are accepted on a rolling basis until funds are expended. Applications must be submitted to e[email protected] at least a month prior to the date of travel.

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