Ethical Leadership Scholarships and Application

Starting April 2023 through March 2024, every dollar you donate to a student scholarship will be matched dollar for dollar. That means if we receive up to $20,000 in donations, it will be matched up to another $20,000 through a generous donor. Our goal is to have a total of $40,000 donated to student scholarships in the next 12 months. Click the "Donate to Student Scholarships" button below to participate in this 1:1 match opportunity. 

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High School Senior Ethics Scholarships

High school seniors committed to Weber State University, submit a 500-word essay on the value of ethics in our society for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. This scholarship assists these ethically-minded students with tuition, fees, book expenses, and any other approved educational costs. (See application and instructions at the bottom of the page.)

WSU Student Ethics Scholarships

WSU students who are participating in the University’s Ethics Certificate program submit a 500-word essay on the value of ethics in our society for a chance to win a $1,000 stipend. (Launched Fall Semester 2023)

Internship Scholarships

Internships provide students with the unique opportunity of stepping out of the classroom to enhance their education and gain experience in a real-world setting. In partnership with the Walker Institute at WSU, the Richard Richards Institute provides internship stipends to qualified students to better ensure a debt-free internship experience. See the WSU Internship site for details.

Study Abroad Scholarships

Study Abroad programs provide students with opportunities to gain experience in a real-world setting, getting a head start on a successful career.  In partnership with the WSU Study Abroad office, the Richard Richards Institute provides study abroad stipends to qualified students to better ensure a debt-free experience. See the Study Abroad Program Office site for details.


Application Instructions for Applying Students:

To be considered for selection as an Ethics Scholar, please submit the online application and the required documentation below:

Winners will be honored and formally 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 (see below for application)
  • Application Deadline: Spring 2024
  • Ethics Scholarship Banquet: Spring 2024

First, gather the following information and attach below. If these items are not attached to your application, you may not be eligible for a scholarship. You will not have an opportunity to upload these documents once you moved to the second page.

  • High school transcript including current GPA and ACT scores (unofficial copy, such as a scanned PDF is acceptable).
  • Verification of high school graduation date by high school administrator, if you are a high school senior applying (e.g., brief letter from guidance counselor).
  • Letter of Recommendation (this can be from a faculty member, community member, school administrator, etc.)
  • Completed Ethics Scholarship Application
  • A 500-word ethics essay, double spaced, titled and dated including your name and that of your high school. Please write on ONE of the following topics:
    1. Participating in college athletics has historically been seen as a path for student-athletes to pay for their higher education. Over time, however, this bargain has come to be seen as exploitative, given that top programs generate many millions of dollars more in revenues than are invested back in their student-athletes. Responding to these concerns, the NCAA passed an interim Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) policy in 2021 that allows student athletes to monetize their personal brand. In perhaps the most reported example of students benefitting from this policy, 85 scholarship football players at the University of Utah were provided brand new pickup trucks for their personal use for six-month blocks, renewable so long as the players retain their playing eligibility and remain enrolled at the university. Combined with the greater freedom athletes now have to transfer to other schools, the NIL has created an arms race to see which universities can facilitate the most lucrative offers for their athletes. This, in turn, is leading to a situation where the already rich and powerful schools are draining the others of their athletic talent. From the standpoint of fairness, is this situation better or worse than before, when student-athletes could not be compensated for their performance beyond their scholarships?
    2. The past year will go down as the hottest in recorded human history, and likely the hottest in the last 125,000 years. Many scientists now believe that keeping warming below the 1.5 degree Celsius threshold set by the United Nations Paris Accord will be nearly impossible, and so some sort of geoengineering project will be necessary to keep the climate system from spinning out of control. One such project would involve pumping massive amounts of sulfur aerosols into the stratosphere, which would reflect more sunlight back into space before it reaches the Earth’s surface. Of course, such a proposal comes with potential risks. In addition to turning the sky white, the plan might affect Earth’s water cycle, as well as redistribute disease-carrying mosquitoes across the globe. Other unknown effects are also possible. Weighed against the expected negative impacts of climate change, would it be moral to proceed with this geoengineering plan?

    3. In 2016, the company VML had a computer analyze 346 paintings by the 17th-century Dutch painter Rembrandt, using deep learning algorithms. The computer was then able to generate a unique “painting” (entitled “The Next Rembrandt”) that was stylistically indistinguishable from the real painter’s works. Suppose that an organization were to generate a work of art, based on the paintings of a contemporary artist. Morally, should the new artwork be considered to belong to the artist, with the copyright and any generated revenues belonging to her, or should the credit go to those who created the computer that generated the work?

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

Full Name:


High School or WSU:

Mailing Address:

Phone Number:


Unofficial Transcript (including GPA and ACT scores)

Graduation Date Letter

Letter of Recommendation

500 Word Essay