The Chancellor’s Scholarship is one of the University of Pittsburgh’s most prestigious awards. Chancellor’s Scholars receive one-on-one advising in the University Honors College and financial support to fully pursue their academic interests.
The Chancellor’s Scholarship is a four year undergraduate award covering:
- Full tuition
- Mandatory fees
- Room and board
The Scholarship also includes:
- A one-time $500 book award
- A $2,000 study abroad scholarship or undergraduate research scholarship
- Guaranteed Honors housing
In order to compete for the Chancellor’s Scholarship, you must first be nominated by the University Scholarship Committee. The Committee nominates no more than 600 students to compete for this prestigious award. The Scholarship Committee begins reviewing and nominating potential candidates on a rolling basis beginning in late October. You are encouraged to apply for admission early! Once the Committee meets its goal of 600 nominees, the process will be closed. In recent years, the nomination process was closed by early December.
Minimum Nomination Requirements
- U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
- Full-time enrollment at the Pittsburgh Campus
- Completion and submission of the admissions application Short Answer Questions
While there are no specific SAT/ACT or high school grade point average requirements, the Scholarship Committee does seek potential nominees with a demonstrated record of academic excellence. Further, the Scholarship Committee seeks an appropriate balance of nominees from all majors and professional schools. In recent years, the academic profile of a typical Chancellor’s Scholarship nominee consisted of a minimum SAT score of 1490 or 33 ACT composite score, a top 5% high school class rank (if applicable), and an ‘A’ average in challenging high school curriculums consisting of AP/IB/Honors courses.
Up to 80 Chancellor’s Scholarship nominees will be invited to an on-campus interview with the University Honors College. Submitted Chancellor’s Scholarship applications are reviewed continuously as they are submitted and nominees are notified of whether they have or have not been awarded an interview soon afterwards. In all cases, nominees will hear of their status no later than April 15.
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 3.0 cumulative grade point average
Meet Some Current Scholars
Actuarial Mathematics and Spanish, Junior
I love the environment at the University of Pittsburgh; it has such an urban and open feel. I am not afraid to try new things because Pitt offers so many choices, and I know so many people pursuing diverse paths. Here at Pitt, I have been able to work as an undergraduate teaching assistant for one of my favorite professors, serve as the Business Manager of the Pitt chapter of FeelGood (a charity that sells grilled cheese sandwiches to earn money for partner organizations), and connect with driven and curious students in the University Honors College. The Chancellor’s Scholarship has provided me with the financial support to focus on my studies and take part in a variety of opportunities. Every Chancellor’s Scholar I have met has a strong work ethic and a drive to learn and understand new things about the world.
Theatre Arts, Political Science, and English Writing, Senior
The Chancellor’s Scholarship gives me the freedom to explore academically. I feel that I can experiment and push myself because the staff at the University Honors College are very supportive of me and my goals. From staying in the Honors Living Learning Community, to spending a summer in Beijing for a language intensive, to tutoring and conducting research with the Center for Urban Education, I have so many opportunities to try new things and stretch myself. I have also been able to be very involved in Pitt’s Theatre Department, acting in four productions, stage-managing a musical, and working behind the scenes in lighting and costuming. When I was deciding where I wanted to go to college, Pitt stood out to me because the staff at the University Honors College were welcoming to me as an individual, taking the time to learn about what interested me and engage me on that level. I felt I would fit in here and I was not wrong.
Sociology (pre-med), Senior
I was trying to choose between 20+ colleges when I visited Pitt and the thing that really made this University stand out to me was the way I was treated by the University Honors College. I left my Chancellor’s Scholarship interview feeling so empowered. It was clear from our meeting that they really value creativity and imagination more than just test scores. Because I have access to funding and a supportive community, I am motivated to experiment more and make the most of my education here at Pitt. This is a school that believes in its students, and that means we have access to a diverse range of opportunities. In my first semester at Pitt, I was already in a research lab as part of the First Experiences in Research program. Now I am working in a clinical research lab in the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, focusing on intraoperative monitoring. Beyond academics and research, I am the founder of the Pitt Mastana dance team, a member of the Chi Omega sorority, and Nourish International. I encourage everyone considering the Chancellor’s Scholarship to apply. The unbelievable flexibility you have as a fully-funded Chancellor’s Scholar opens up so many opportunities for you.
Throughout the entire process of the Chancellor’s Scholarship program, I have felt as though Pitt was making an investment in me personally. I think that the mission and spirit of the Chancellor’s Scholarship program truly sets it apart from programs at other schools. The staff and faculty at Pitt have provided many opportunities for advising, networking, and new experiences to broaden my perspective throughout my time here. With my stipend as a Chancellor’s Scholar, I was able to study Spanish in Madrid for a summer. I am also part of several student organizations on campus such as the Pitt Men’s Glee Club, the Songburghs a cappella group, Global Brigades, Pitt Panthers for Fair Labor, and Amnesty International. I always tell people that Pitt is the Goldilocks school; it’s not too big and not too small. It has top notch academics without any sense of elitism. It has a strong international focus without neglecting the local community. Coming to Pitt has been one of the best decisions I ever made.