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 this application to your high school’s Keys to Success contact person. Selections will be announced as part of the Key’s to Success program at each high school and recognized at the Ethics Day Scholarship Banquet at Weber State University. Dates for this banquet are to be announced.

Application Deadline: 

Application Instructions: Complete the form and then email the following documentation items to

  1. Official high school transcript including current GPA and ACT scores.
  2. Verification of high school graduation date by high school administrator.
  3. Submission of an ethics essay answering the following question:

Please take approximately 500 words to answer the following essay question on ethics. Essay submissions should be double spaced, titled, have your name and high school, and be accompanied with this application.

Every day we read or hear about people in all walks of life – professional, educational, medical, business, athletics, government, and more – who violate ethical principles. Please address what can be done (by parents, educators, and society as a whole) to encourage people to act more ethically. Please include a personal experience or historical incident demonstrating your position.