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Uvu College Prowler No Essay

Admission to the Honors Program is competitive yet open to all. We read every application individually and base admission on an assessment of an applicant's curiosity, initiative, and intellectual flexibility. A student's cumulative GPA, standardized test scores, prior academic work, a writing sample, and demonstrated commitment to high achievement in intellectual, artistic, athletic, community, and similar endeavors are also considered.

The Honors Program provides opportunities for motivated students pursuing an associate or baccalaureate degree. Honors offers:

The Honors Program at Utah Valley University has two entry points: Lower-Division (students having earned fewer than 50 credits) and Junior-Entry (students having earned 50 credits or more). Each entry point has its own set of course requirements and students admitted to the Program should meet with their Honors Coordinator to plan their schedule.

All Honors students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4 and typically should complete at least one Honors course per semester. Please note that some UVU academic merit awards require students hold a higher GPA. Honors students holding an Honors academic scholarship at UVU must maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher and maintain full-time status. 

Students with intensive curiosity, talent, passion, and initiative earn admission to the Honors Program through a competitive application process that assesses them holistically based in part on two short admissions essays. There is no minimum GPA or test score required to apply. We admit and support students from all backgrounds seeking any face-to-face baccalaureate or associates degree. 

To earn Honors distinction on the transcript and diploma and to wear Honors regalia, students must complete between 20 and 31 credits of Honors level coursework with an overall GPA of at least 3.40. 

Program admission is competitive and many students participate without receiving a financial award. The Honors Program award types are:

  • Program admission (Available to any UVU student in any major attending at main campus both part-time and full-time, regardless of residency.)
  • Tuition (Dollar amount in increments of $500 up to $2000, renewable for up to eight semesters.)
  • Housing (Available for single students only; renewable for up to two years.). 


  • Please complete the application essays using the prompts below.

  • Please have your completed application essays in PDF format only.

  • If you have questions about using our online application, please telephone 801-863-6262 for assistance.


The cornerstone of the UVU Honors application are the two essays you submit. Draw on your best qualities as a writer and thinker; academic risk-taking is a core value of the Honors Program, so take some risks and have fun. We borrowed and adapted the questions below from the University of Chicago's famously unusual admissions essay tradition, among others places.

 Work on the essays carefully, remembering that eloquent writing is both difficult and powerful. Have someone edit your writing but don't let an editor erase your unique voice. Your response will be evaluated on content as well as form (spelling, grammar, and punctuation).

 Proofread carefully to remove typos, clichéd phrasing, and unclear ideas. The most impressive essays will be clear and lively and will give us a vivid sense of who you are and what curiosity, passion, flexible thinking, focus, and innovation you might bring to the Honors Program.

 Limit your response to about 300 words for each essay. 

 You will select ONE option from Prompt 1 and ONE from Prompt 2

PROMPT ONE OPTIONS: (more analytical)  

1. Alice falls down the rabbit hole. Milo drives through the tollbooth. Dorothy is swept up in the tornado. Neo takes the red pill. Don’t tell us about another world you’ve imagined, heard about, or created. Rather, tell us about its portal and how this imagined journey changes the person who goes through it. Sure, some people think of college as a portal to their future, but please choose another portal to write about

2. Fans of the movie Sharknado say that they enjoy it because “it’s so bad, it’s good.” Certain automobile owners prefer classic cars because they “have more character.” And recently, vinyl record sales have skyrocketed because it is perceived that they have a warmer, fuller sound. Discuss something (not someone) that you love not in spite of, but rather due to, its quirks or imperfections

3. Human history is replete with the contributions of remarkable women, from Hypatia to Hidegarde of Bingen, from Murasaki Shikibu to Dolores Huerta, from Queen Liliuokalani to Henrietta Leavitt. Pick one remarkable woman in history (past or present) to converse with for an hour. Give us a vivid sense of your conversation in order to explain your choice.

PROMPT TWO OPTIONS: (more personal) 

1. The late New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham once said “Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you could do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization. Tell us about your individual “armor”(perhaps not clothing at all) and surprise us with its individuality and centrality to your life.

2. Earth. Fire. Wind. Water. Aristotle explored these and the cartoon Captain Planet added Heart. We’re familiar with the previously-noted sets and with actual elements like hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon, but select and explain another small group of things (say, under five) that you believe compose our world

3. Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig once observed that “the human relationship to combustion is as mysterious as it is fraught with madness. From candle flame to nuclear blast, it has lit up the human imagination with fear and fascination.” What lights you up? Describe a topic, idea, text, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time, being certain to explain why it captivates you.

Honors Program Application

 Orem High Counseling Center

July Scholarships

College Prowler “No Essay” Scholarship (Due the last day of each month)
U.S. Students currently enrolled in high school. Monthly drawing for $2,000! Only one entry per month, but can enter every month! Apply at http://scholarshipexperts.clickmeter.com/181817/

Military Academy Nominations:  (opens July 2016 and closes on October 20, 2016)
Seniors-Students wanting to attend a military academy need to be nominated by a Congressional representative. Nominations are based on SAT/or ACT scores, class rank, GPA, high school transcript, extracurricular activities and service. Nomination only. No money is attached. Contact Congressman Jason Chaffetz for a registration packet 801-851-2500. More information is available online at his website ​https://chaffetz.house.gov/forms/serviceacademynomination/

Trupply Scholarship:  (July 1st, 2017)Trupply is an industrial supplier of pipes, valves, and fittings. For over 15 years we have offered our advice in manufacturing, engineering, and distribution business, and now we are happy to offer a $500 scholarship to students who are interested in supply chain, management and engineering fields. Learn more about our requirements!
The Trupply $500 Scholarship is available for high school seniors who plan on attending a 2- or 4- year college or university. These students should have an interest in construction, manufacturing or supply chain and should be planning on pursuing degrees in supply chain, management, manufacturing or related engineering fields. Additionally, applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
One student will be selected to receive $500. This money will be given to the student directly and should be used towards school tuition, study supplies, housing, books, and other college-related expenses.
 Applicants are required to submit a 500-word essay that explains how this scholarship will benefit them and help them achieve their long-term goals.
Transcript: Students should attach an electronic copy of their high school transcript in order to demonstrate that their GPA is 3.0 or higher.
All applications should be submitted via email to service@trupply.com with “Scholarship Application” as the subject line.  For further questions regarding the scholarship, please contact service@trupply.com.

​Air Force ROTC Scholarships:  (Due December 1, 2016)
Seniors-Based on Leadership, scholarship, and extracurricular activities. Award amount includes: Tuition, book allowance, fees, plus monthly stipend. Contact: SSgt James N. Hervey, Air Force Career Specialist, 2250 N University Pkwy C44B Provo 801-375-4127 or apply online www.afrotc.com

Alpine Recovery Lodge:  (Due July 1st and November 1st) 
We believe it’s our responsibility to give back to the community and help those looking to better themselves through an education, specifically students who have been directly affected by addiction.
Twice a year, we award $1,000 to students in need to help them receive the education they deserve. High school seniors, undergrads, and graduate students are welcome to apply. Applicant must be a resident of Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona or Nevada.  To apply, please submit an essay detailing how addiction has directly affected you. A winner will be chosen based on strength of essay and financial need.

Include your full name, physical address, email address, phone number, and proof that you are currently enrolled in high school or college (recent transcript, etc.) along with your essay.
Please email your essay and supporting documents to scholarships@alpinerecoverylodge.com, or send a physical copy to:
Alpine Recovery Lodge
5406 W 11000 N, Suite 103-429
Highland, Utah 84003
If you choose to email your essay, please send it as a Word document or PDF attachment. Other file types will not be accepted.  Winners will be notified by July 31st and November 30th.

Make Me Laugh:  (Due August 31, 2017)
U.S. Students 13 years of age and older. Respond (250 words max), “Describe an incident in your life, funny or embarrassing (fact or fiction), and make us laugh! Apply at 

ABODO Scholarship:  (Due August 31. 2017)  
ABODO is an apartment search service started by a few guys from UW – Madison. ABODO was built by students for students. Why? We loved our school, but hated every time we had to find a new place to live. The listing services didn’t have many listings and the classified ads sucked. We decided to solve the problem by pulling together all the listings around campus, putting them all on a single map with powerful filters and displaying real-time availability. We started in a dorm room and now we’re a real company. It’s time for us to pay it forward. We’re offering a $500 tuition scholarship once a year!  How do I win?  We love our hometown (fun fact – four of our employees share the same hometown) and want to find out what you’re bringing from home to college with you.  It could be a physical object, like your favorite sweatshirt, or a lesson your soccer coach taught you; whatever you’re “carrying” to college, share the significance with us and explain the sentimental value and story behind it. To win, describe this item/experience/lesson in a piece no longer than 1000 words, but please include between 1-5 of your own related pictures.  Apply @ https://www.abodo.com/blog/high-school-scholarship/

College Discovered Scholarship: (Due December 31, 2017) Seniors
Sign up for e-mails to get helpful college tips and resources, and enter to win a scholarship! Throughout the year, 40 eligible students and parents will be randomly selected to win a $2,500 Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award to help cover college expenses.  Apply on line at: https://scholarship.collegecovered.com/
 Orem High Counseling Center

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