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.

Scholarship Details

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

Application Process

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

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 1530 or 34 ACT composite score, a top 2% high school class rank (if applicable), and an ‘A’ average in challenging high school curriculums consisting of AP/IB/Honors courses.

Selection Process

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

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.