David C. Frederick Scholarship

The David C. Frederick Scholarship provides $10,000 in tuition support to three full-time undergraduate students. Students apply as sophomores and the support is for junior year with the possibility of extension into senior year. This scholarship was created specifically for high achieving students (3.500 cumulative GPA or above) who currently work a part-time or full-time job in order to pay for their education. It is intended to allow students to significantly reduce the number of hours worked during the academic year so that they may devote more time to other academic pursuits, whether it be additional courses, research opportunities, study abroad, or community engagement, to name a few.

The minimum eligibility requirements include:

  • Full-time (minimum of 12 credits/term) sophomore students who have completed at least two full semesters at the University of Pittsburgh’s Oakland campus and will be enrolled as a full-time student during the following academic year. Accepting the scholarship does not preclude study or research abroad if credits transfer (off-site paid internships and co-ops are excluded). *Please note that AP credits and college-in-high school credits do not count towards the definition of junior and senior year status for this award.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or provide documentation of permanent resident or refugee status. International, non-degree seeking, and visiting students are not eligible.
  • Achievement of at least a cumulative 3.500 GPA at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • No record of receiving merit scholarship support from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid upon admission to the University.
  • Employed at a part-time or full-time job in order to pay tuition, room, and/or board.

Please keep in mind the following:

  • The addition of a scholarship may affect the overall terms of a student’s financial aid package. Please contact the Financial Aid Office in advance of applying to determine any impact this award may have on your aid package.
  • An expectation of the David C. Frederick Scholarship is that recipients will provide resources for other students later in life if they have the means to do so.

Students who want to be considered for the David C. Frederick Scholarship must include the following items in their application packet:

  • A completed application form, including the required essay responses
  • A current transcript (Academic Advisement Reports from PeopleSoft are not acceptable)
  • A current 1-2 page resume
  • Two letters of support, at least one of which must be from a faculty member (recommenders can download the standard recommendation form here)

For these purposes, a faculty member is defined as someone who has earned the terminal degree in her/his academic discipline and holds a regular full-time or part-time position at Pitt. UHC Staff members cannot serve as recommenders, but UHC Faculty Fellows may.

The scholarship selection committee will evaluate the applicant’s level of academic performance, strength of recommendations, work commitments, and the extent to which the essays reflect careful thought, are well written, and provide strong evidence in favor of scholarship support.

Completed application materials should be submitted in their entirety to the front desk of the University Honors College on the 36th Floor of the Cathedral of Learning and addressed as follows:

David C. Frederick Scholarship
University Honors College
3600 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA  15260

Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year scholarship are no longer being accepted. Applications for the 2018-2019 scholarship will be due in mid-February 2018.

If you have any questions about the David C. Frederick Scholarship, contact David Hornyak at hornyak@pitt.edu

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About the Fund


David Frederick earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1983 and identifies as an alumnus of the University Honors College. Frederick went on to earn a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Oxford University in 1987 as a Rhodes Scholar. He is now a prominent appellate attorney in Washington, D.C.