Scholarships—The University Honors Program
** The call for these scholarships is announced in Spring in the Honors newsletter, the 4-4-1 and on this page.
Tuition Scholarships, to the amount of $750 to be applied to your Bursar Bill are awarded by the Provost's Office.
Pam Huller Gwaltney Memorial Scholarship, cash award of $750 to be applied to your Bursar Bill. This scholarship honors the memory of Pamela Huller Gwaltney, who served as the Director of the Office of Major Scholarship Advisement from October 2010 to December 2015. As a mentor, Pam was dedicated to students realizing their potential as scholars and leaders, who are fully engaged with their communities.
Albert and Leyla D. Somit Honors Scholarship, cash award of a $1100 to be applied to your Bursar Bill. This scholarship was established in 1984, by friends, staff members and colleagues of Albert Somit, then President of SIU, in honor of his 65th birthday. The Somit Scholarship is awarded to students who exemplify the values of the University Honors program: Learn, Lead, Serve. Somit Scholars are all-round students who are recognized for their academic achievement, leadership qualities, and civic engagement.
Linda Corder and Al Somit
In the works: We are deeply grateful to Henry Ong, SIU alumni and President of International Scholastic Trust (IST), for establishing two STEM and University Honors scholarships for international undergraduates. Henry has named these scholarships after his mentor, Dr. Jared Dorn, Emeritus Professor of International Studies. Henry writes,
Dr Dorn, changed my life and gave me the confidence, inspiration and hope that I could make it. And I did, so, I am glad that we have such a strong community to help students succeed and I am grateful that I have a chance to play my part to uplift many more lives with all my friends at SIU.
To Shameless Audacity, as we climb many more mountains together, my friends.
Thank you, Henry for paying it forward!
Honors students include Fulbright fellows, Barry Goldwater, Morris Udall and Rhodes Scholars. The Honors Program advises and helps students apply for these competitive awards. Read more.
Our Major Scholarship Award Winners
Amanda Leppert Gomes, a senior in Anthropology, Haley Hostetter, a senior in civil engineering, and Allison McMinn, a senior in electrical engineering were all awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Award. Read more.
Sarah Seymour, a Senior from Utah majoring in Linguistics, has won a Boren Scholarship to take part in the African Flagship Language Initiative for Tanzania.