The Chancellor’s Scholarship is one of the University of Pittsburgh’s most prestigious awards. Awarded to incoming freshman admitted to PittHonors, Chancellor’s Scholars receive the individualized attention of an academically demanding small college along with the scholarly advantages of a major research university.

Scholarship Details

The Chancellor’s Scholarship is a four year undergraduate award covering:

  • Full tuition
  • Mandatory fees
  • Average room and board plan

The Scholarship also includes:

  • A one-time $500 Book Scholarship
  • A $2,000 Study Abroad Scholarship or Undergraduate Research Scholarship
  • Guaranteed PittHonors housing

Eligibility Requirements

  • Candidates must meet the November 1 PittHonors Priority Consideration deadline and be admitted into PittHonors
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must be an incoming freshman
  • Must maintain full-time enrollment at the Pittsburgh campus

Selection Process

No more than 80 freshmen admitted to PittHonors will be invited to an on-campus interview with the Chancellor’s Scholarship Selection Committee consisting of the PittHonors dean, director of advising, and academic advisors.

Selections for interviews are competitively based on a candidate’s high school academic record (submitted as part of the freshman application for admission), results of the SAT/ACT, and quality of the required PittHonors application essay questions. In addition, the Selection Committee will also seek an interview pool fairly representing the freshman class as demonstrated by academic schools/majors and demographics including residency, gender, ethnic diversity, etc.

Interview notifications will be sent in early-February and interviews will take place throughout the month of March. Only those candidates invited to the on-campus interviews will be notified. Those participants in the Chancellor’s Scholarship interview process are notified of their final status no later than mid-April. Each year, approximately 10-12 members of the freshman class are recipients of this competitive scholarship.

Scholarship Renewal Requirements

The Chancellor’s Scholarship can be used for four years/eight semesters of full-time undergraduate study at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Campus. To renew the scholarship on an annual basis, recipients must:

  • Remain enrolled as a full-time student (minimum of 12 credits per semester)
  • Maintain a 3.00 cumulative grade point average
  • See our University Scholarship Guidelines for further requirements

Meet Some Current Scholars

Mikaela Matela

Mikaela Matela
Communication Science and Disorders, Chemistry Minor, Junior
Montgomery, AL

In my time at Pitt, I have found that the culture of community and collaboration here makes it really unique — if you need something you can reach out for help and you will be connected to the resources you need. Within just a few months of moving in as a freshman, I got a research position with a professor I admired. We have been conducting research on the interaction of music and language. That work has sparked my own research for my Bachelor of Philosophy, so I am writing my own research thesis on music and language and how they interact and impact cognition. I also auditioned for the Pitt Orchestra in my freshman year, where I play clarinet for symphony concerts. Through my connections in the orchestra, I performed in an orchestral pit for the musicals Nine and Parade and was a pianist and actor in a musical called Show. I also had the chance to delve further into my interest in special education and educational opportunities through an internship in Washington, D.C. with the Lab School. I have also been active with the Blue and Gold Society, which has been my favorite way to dive into Pitt traditions and campus events. I love and appreciate the closeness and connectedness within the university community and the city of Pittsburgh, which yield tons of options for students here. If you want to stay engaged with the student body, there are so many ways to get involved on campus. If you want to explore, Pittsburgh is diverse and full of things to do.

Jon Dyer

Jon Dyer
Math/Computer Science, Linguistics Minor, Senior
Rexburg, Idaho

I have a ton of different interests and I like doing new things and going to new places, so when I looked into Pitt and found it was world-ranked in a variety of programs, I was intrigued. Since coming here, I have been impressed by the advising Pitt offers scholars through the University Honors College (UHC). They don’t have an agenda for you, they just excel at drawing out your interests and passions and connecting you to opportunities. Through the national scholarships advising, I applied for and received the DAAD RISE Fellowship to complete research in Germany. I also had the opportunity to co-publish a paper on that research. Through the Chancellor’s Scholarship and UHC, I was able to find funding to travel and present the research that I did in Germany at conferences in Paris and Berkley. Last year I also completed research on second language acquisition and translation ambiguity in Pitt’s Learning Research & Development Center. During my time at Pitt, I have been involved in clubs like SEMFS (Scientists Engineers and Mathematicians for Service) and the Mixed Martial Arts Club, and regularly spend time outdoors running or rock climbing. Last summer, I studied abroad in Sicily. I like that Pitt is big enough that you can explore a lot of different interests, but the departments are small enough that you can really get to know your professors. The faculty and staff here are committed to helping facilitate your goals.

Eleanna Melcher

Eleanna Melcher
Neuroscience/Psychology/German, Junior
St. Cloud, MN

I was drawn to Pitt because I want to become a doctor and Pitt is the powerhouse for medicine. It’s easy to see why when you look at the opportunities available to pre-med students. I was able to start doing research at the Magee-Womens Research Institute right away in my freshman year. Being able to partake in ground-breaking research when you’re 18 is amazing. After three semesters there, I have moved to Pitt’s Learning Research & Development Center where I am studying translation ambiguity and the best ways to learn a second language. I also volunteer at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, which is honestly the highlight of my week. I’m in Phi Delta Epsilon — a large pre-medical fraternity at Pitt — it’s very cool to already feel part of the medical community on campus. I’ve served on the University Honors College Student Advisory Board and I am a Student Ambassador and Peer Mentor for the UHC. I have also had the opportunity to be part of the student group F.O.R.G.E, which tutors refugees in the Pittsburgh-area. Pitt truly is an inclusive and supportive community. People will take the time to see how you are doing and do what they can to help you succeed.