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Scholarships and Awards


The Religious Studies program provides students with many opportunities to help fund their education. Below are scholarships and awards available to students studying religion at USU. Students might also be eligible for additional awards through the Department of History. A complete list can be found here. 

Religious Studies Scholarship

This scholarship is available for Religious Studies majors who have completed or are currently enrolled in two Religious Studies courses. Eligible students can apply by completing the Religious Studies scholarship application














Writing Awards

Arrington Writing Awards: Cash awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place essays ($1,000, $500, and $250 respectively, sponsored by the Arrington Lecture Foundation). Any enrolled USU student is eligible. Entrants must attend the autumn Arrington Lecture and write an essay of at least 2,500 words in response to the lecture. Specific submission instructions will be provided at the lecture. 

Student Research Papers: Sponsored by the Mormon History Association, this award is given for work in Mormon history.  Any USU student writing a research paper in Mormon history as part of coursework is eligible for award. Papers are nominated by faculty.

Wheatley International Affairs Conference Award

Co-sponsored by Wheatley and the Religious Studies program, this award covers the cost of travel, lodging, registration fee, and food to attend the Wheatley International Affairs Conference in Provo Canyon. Any student of outstanding academic merit who has an interest in religion and international affairs is eligible. Students are nominated by faculty, but students may indicate their interest to a faculty member. Lodging and food are sponsored by Wheatley, while travel and registration are sponsored by the Religious Studies Program.




Charles Redd Graduate Fellowship

The fellowship offers in-state tuition and a $10,000 stipend for one year of graduate study, renewable for a second year depending on the availability of funding and the student’s performance. The successful candidate will work as a research assistant for Ravi M. Gupta, Charles Redd Chair of Religious Studies, while pursuing a Master’s degree in History at USU. Interested applicants should contact Prof. Gupta to discuss their interest and qualifications.