The Richards Institute provides annual "Ethics Scholarships" to incoming high school seniors committed to Weber State University. Scholarship funds assist these ethically minded students with tuition, fees, book expenses, and any other approved educational costs. 


In accordance with its mission to teach and inspire ethical leadership, the Richard Richards Institute for Ethics is offering $1,000 scholarships to high school students planning to attend Weber State University and who have been selected as “Ethics Scholars.” To be considered for selection as an “Ethics Scholar,” please submit the online application below and follow directions on sending in additional documentation. Selections will be announced at the Ethics Scholarship Banquet at Weber State University. Scholarship winners and their parents will be informed before the banquet and are strongly encouraged to attend. 

Ethics Scholarship Application (Download PDF) 

Application Deadline: Friday, February 28, 2020

Ethics Scholarship Banquet: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at the Weber State University Davis Campus Ballroom from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. 

Application Instructions: First, gather the following information and attach them below (if these items are not attached to your application, you may not be eligible for a scholarship):

  1. High school transcript including current GPA and ACT scores (unofficial copy, such as a scanned PDF is acceptable).
  2. Verification of high school graduation date by high school administrator (e.g., brief letter from guidance counselor).
  3. Submit a Letter of Recommendation (this can be from a teacher, community member, school administrator, etc.)
  4. Ethics Scholarship Application filled out.
  5. Submission of a 500-word ethics essay answering the following question:

When someone asks us to think of ethical issues, we often think of significant ethical dilemmas, newsworthy political scandals, and weighty issues.  Ethical philosophers from ancient times until now, however, have repeatedly emphasized that being ethical starts with with the small things we do everyday.  In that spirit, please write a thoughtful essay in which you write about a small episode, event, or encounter from your own experience that taught you something about the importance of ethics.  

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please take approximately 500 words to answer the above question on ethics. Essay submissions should be double spaced, titled and dated, include your name and high school, and be accompanied with this application.

After submitting your attached documents below, you will be directed to another page with the rest of the application that you must complete.

Full Name:
High School:
Mailing Address:
Phone Number:

The attachments below cannot exceed a total combined size of 10MB

Applications without these 5 attachments will not be considered for a scholarship!

Unofficial Transcript (including GPA and ACT scores) Graduation Date letter  
Letter of Recommendation

500 Word Essay

  Ethics Scholarship Application (Download PDF)