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 John & Anne Hinckley Scholarship

John S. Hinckley was a passionate member of the automobile industry who strongly believed in the improvement of community through active participation and was highly involved in local causes. He met Anne, a Virginia native, during his time in the U.S. Army while she was serving in the American Red Cross. The John & Anne Hinckley Scholarship funds an annual scholarship for outstanding students whose academic and community pursuits promote active citizenship and public service. The Hinckleys demonstrated great love for the Institute and wanted to ensure that talented students could contribute to the political community without financial hindrance.



The Hinckley Institute will award this scholarship of up to $2,500 to an outstanding student who meets the following criteria:

  • Strong academic standing in any major at the University of Utah

  • Entering Sophomore or Junior year of college

    • (attended at least two semesters at a university or community college)

  • Full-time student who will maintain full-time student status at the University of Utah throughout the upcoming academic year.

  • Demonstrate ongoing commitment to active citizenship and public service.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen, lawfully present in the U.S., or have graduate from a Utah high school.

If you have specific questions or would like additional information, contact the Hinckley Institute at 801-581-8501



  • Resume

  • Letter of Recommendation (from either a professor or professional work supervisor)

  • Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)

  • Essay (prompt provided in application)

Scholarship decisions will be made before the end of spring semester. Funding will be released through the University of Utah Financial Aid & Scholarship Office and will be credited to outstanding tuition balances; excess funds will be refunded to the student.

Previous Recipients

2020: Sheely Edwards

2019: Gillian Stucki

2018: Maxton Cline, Connor Davis

2017: Nicholas Cockrell

2016: Taylor Talbot

2015: Maxwell Chaffetz

2014: Trent Giove

2013: Lisa Hawkins

2012: Jacob Chamberlain

2011: Alexander Kojo Abbrem

2010: Ashley Edgette

2009: Ben Dailey

2008: Doug Petersen

2007: Shawn Strong

2006: Marko Mijic

2005: Bryson B. Morgan

2004: Anne Bergstedt, Laura Biddle

2003: Alisia Abegg

2002: Linda Clark

2001: Yelena Ayrapetova, Marie Van Uitert

1999: Rachel Reiser, Monica Kay Shelton

1998: Chaitna Sinha

1993: Delight Roberts


The Hinckley Institute of Politics has opened doors to successful careers in the public and private sectors for over 8,000 former interns and scholarship winners. Help provide opportunities to current students by giving back to the Hinckley Institute.

For 2024-2025:

March 1, 2024