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

Brian Gentry

Brian Gentry
Mechanical Engineering, Math and Chemistry Minor, Junior
Portland, OR

Coming from the west coast, I wanted to explore something new in the eastern United States. I was drawn to Pitt because I knew that I wanted to build opportunities for myself and get valuable research experience. I also knew that I wanted to attend a large school to meet new people. I found that Pitt had everything I was looking for and instantly fell in love with the city because everyone here is extremely friendly. One of my biggest accomplishments so far is being a part of The Pitt News – I joined my sophomore year as a columnist and became more involved as time progressed – I am now an assistant news editor. The best stories I have worked on have been those relating to air quality and public transit, two issues that are important to me. Additionally, I am involved in research in the Chemical Engineering Department – I write code to simulate complicated chemical phenomena and extract meaningful results from them. Getting involved in research has been a great experience for me because I get to synthesize knowledge that I have learned in classes with new research to tackle real-world issues. The Chancellor’s Scholarship has offered me many opportunities and has encouraged me to be more interdisciplinary with my educational path.

Daly Trimble

Daly Trimble
Urban Studies Major, pre-medical track, Junior
Wooster, OH / Pittsburgh, PA

I have a lot of dreams I want to achieve academically and after doing a lot of research about Pitt, I realized that they have one of the best medical programs in the country. The highlights of my Pitt experience and some of the things I am most proud of revolve around the community. I was part of the Browne Leadership Fellows Program through the School of Social Work for non-social work majors. In this program, I was sent to Millvale, PA – a classic steel town that is working to revitalize itself. I saw how students and young people can make a difference in rebuilding this neighborhood. I was able to contribute to these changes by conducting a community needs assessment. Pitt Honors gave me the opportunity to create and conduct a research study to identify if lead intervention programs that the city had staged were actually effective. I also connected people to city programs that helped several properties go lead-free. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to be the editor in chief of The Fourth Wave, an intersectional feminist magazine at Pitt. One of the biggest motivators for me is that Pitt supports community based experiences and guided me through my community-based research. I was given the tools to design my own research and it seems like the possibilities are endless! The Chancellor’s Scholarship has been the greatest gift and the resources it provides has given me so much intellectual freedom. I have had some of the greatest advisors and professors at Pitt – I am fortunate enough to have more than one mentor every semester, and I think I will be friends with a few staff members and faculty well into the future. Pitt is full of change-agents and people who want to make the world a better place.

Samir Yellapragada

Samir Yellapragada
Anthropology, Theatre/Chemistry Minor, pre-med track, Sophomore
Pittsburgh, PA

After visiting Pitt for the first time, I received promotional items that stuck with me throughout the whole application process. Although I had mentally committed to Pitt before receiving the Chancellor’s Scholarship, when I received the award there was no turning back. I loved the fact that Pitt is very diverse and inclusive. I am currently a columnist for The Pitt News and a member of a fraternity where I have built meaningful friendships. One of the organizations that I recently joined is called ‘Keep it Real,’ an organization that tutors Somalian refugees. The University has allowed me to pursue my dual-interests in both the arts and pre-medical fields. I will be traveling to the Amazon Rainforest this summer to study indigenous tribal practices and rainforest ecology. I was also able to get involved in research in the School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry in my second semester and I intend on researching in that lab until I graduate. The Chancellor’s Scholarship is extremely generous and it comes along with a supportive community at Pitt Honors. They have given me the tools and guidance to achieve my educational goals and that is something I will always appreciate. Pitt values their community and promotes diversity and inclusion – I feel welcome here. This institution truly delivers on meeting everyone’s needs and interests.