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Be proud: Studying and graduating with honors is an achievement of distinction and prestige.

Christine Wertz

Many of my greatest experiences in college have been made possible by the financial and structural support of the Helen P. Denit Honors Program. ... My first internship as an archival research assistant, sponsored by the honors program Internship Award, allowed me to explore a possible career path as a historian and provided me with knowledge and insight on the inner workings of the nonprofit sector in which I hope to expand my career.

—Christine Wertz, undergraduate history student

As a Helen P. Denit Honors Program scholar, you will:

  • stand out from the crowd: You'll receive special recognition, prepare for graduate school and experience the "Denit difference"!
  • create new knowledge: Pursue an honors project on a topic of your choice. When you're finished, there is financial support for you to do original research and strut your stuff at local, regional and national conferences.
  • build your leadership capacity: Network with creative thinkers who are committed to making a difference at local and global levels.
  • talk about big ideas: Interact with nationally renowned experts during our Denit Dialogue Series and join UB faculty over informal lunch hours to chat about research, interests and lessons learned.
  • practice your craft: We offer financial support to help you complete specialized internship and professional development opportunities.

Questions? Ready to submit your application for a financial award?

Contact:
Sally Farley
Helen P. Denit Honors Program
Academic Center, Room 121

Financial Awards

Show us your big idea. We'll show you the money.

In addition to UB offering scholarships to high-achieving students, the Helen P. Denit Honors Program offers additional financial awards exclusively to undergraduate Denit Honors Scholars.

Honors students have traveled for service and study abroad opportunities to the following destinations:

  • Belize
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Guatemala
  • England
  • Nicaragua.

With the help of a $1,000 award, honors students recently completed internships at the following organizations:

  • ICARH Projects – Nigeria
  • Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
  • Solar Energy Industries Association
  • Pararas Creative Group
  • Office of the Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
  • Hartford County State's Attorney
  • International Social Service - USA Branch
  • Gilbert Advertising and Appraisal
  • Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County
  • Securities Exchange Commission
  • University of Maryland Emergency Medicine Associates
  • Leisure World of Maryland Corp.
  • Office of Legislative Audits
  • Protiviti (a global consulting firm)
  • Baltimore CASH Campaign

Honors students also enjoy free registration, travel and accommodations at various academic and leadership conferences.

  • Service Abroad Adventure Award

    We are pleased to announce availability of funds to support volunteer and multicultural experiences in a foreign country.

    A one-time maximum award of up to $1,500 is applied to the registration/program costs. Approximately six awards are available for each trip in summer and winter breaks.

    Through the service-abroad experience, students will be expected to:

    • be open-minded to cultural immersion
    • appreciate and assimilate different forms of expression and interaction
    • gain meaningful volunteer and travel experience
    • develop foreign language proficiency
    • cultivate citizenship and leadership awareness
    • strengthen communication, critical thinking, problem solving, information gathering, creativity and analytical expertise through hands-on experiences
    • achieve a practical understanding of how volunteerism positively impacts micro and macro communities.

    Denit Honors students who have been enrolled in the Helen P. Denit Honors Program for a minimum of two semesters, are in good academic standing and have a valid passport (as defined by the country visiting) are eligible to apply. 

    The application process requires a one-page essay explaining why the experience will be academically, personally and/or professionally valuable and how it will integrate and enhance coursework and areas of interest. The student must include a social security number for payment.

    Within 30 days after the experience, the student agrees to submit photos and a one- to three-page letter outlining the experience and how it has helped them to better achieve academic, personal and/or professional goals.

    This opportunity is made possible by the Helen Pumphrey Denit Trust for Charitable and Educational Purposes.

    Deadline: Application deadlines are determined each academic semester to correspond with the specific trip(s).

  • Conference Presentation Award

    We are pleased to announce availability of funds to support the presentation of research and original ideas at state, regional and national honors conferences.

    A maximum award of $750 is available per Denit Honors student to be applied to conference registration and a portion of travel expenses. Approximately four individual awards are available per academic year.

    Through conference participation and presentation, students will be expected to:

    • cultivate citizenship and leadership skills
    • supplement coursework with scholarly research
    • develop critical thinking, analysis, creativity, problem solving and information gathering and presentation skills.

    Denit Honors students who have been enrolled in the Helen P. Denit Honors Program for a minimum of one semester, are in good academic standing and are presenting at a conference are eligible to apply. Students attending a conference but not presenting are ineligible. 

    The application process requires a one-page essay explaining why the experience will be academically, personally and/or professionally beneficial and how the experience will integrate and enhance coursework. Please include the honors conference dates and location and an outline of the research to be presented with the essay.

    Within thirty days after the experience, the student agrees to submit photos and a one- to three-page letter outlining the experience and how it has helped them to better achieve academic, personal and/or professional goals.

    This opportunity is made possible by the Helen Pumphrey Denit Trust for Charitable and Educational Purposes.

    Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; however, the completed application must be submitted to the Office of the Helen P. Denit Honors Program at least 45 days prior to the conference start date. The student must provide a social security number for payment.

  • Study Abroad Award

    We are pleased to announce availability of funds to support study abroad opportunities. The Study Abroad Award is a collaborative partnership with UB's Merrick School of Business; it supports student academic experiences that connect to course-based learning while abroad.

    A one-time maximum award of $1,000 applied to preapproved study abroad costs, after the student makes the initial deposit, is available. Approximately three individual awards are available per academic year.

    Through a business school-managed study-abroad experience, students will be expected to:

    • value cultural and social customs and forms of communication from different geographical regions
    • cultivate ethical decision-making, global citizenship and leadership skills through meaningful experiences in diverse communities
    • supplement coursework through practical experiences that enhance foreign language proficiency, critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, information gathering and analysis.

    Denit Honors students who have been enrolled in the Helen P. Denit Honors Program for a minimum of two semesters and are in good academic standing are eligible to apply.

    The application process requires a one-page essay explaining why the student is a good candidate for this opportunity, why the experience will be academically, personally and/or professionally valuable and how the experience will integrate with and enhance coursework and areas of interest. Please include course dates, location and academic schedule of the study-abroad experience with the essay.

    Within thirty days after the experience, successful applicants must submit photos and a one- to three-page letter outlining the experience and how it has helped them to better achieve academic, personal and professional goals. The award will be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid and may affect the student's financial aid award.

    This opportunity is made possible by the Helen Pumphrey Denit Trust for Charitable and Educational Purposes.

    Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis because numerous business school-sponsored study-abroad trips are scheduled throughout the academic year; however, the completed application must be submitted to the Office of the Helen P. Denit Honors Program at least 60 days prior to the first deposit due date for the trip. The student must include a social security number with the application.

  • Honors Non-paying Internship Support Award

    We are pleased to announce availability of funds to support nonpaid internships. An internship refers to a nonpaid, career-related experience that integrates education with planned and supervised work. Approximately three individual awards are available per academic year

    Funds are available to members of the Helen P. Denit Honors program in their junior or senior year who wish to complete an internship at a nonprofit organization that does not offer paid internships. Students who qualify may be awarded a maximum of $1800.00 for a semester internship, deliverable in two payments.

    To qualify for a HPD internship award a student must:

        1) Be a member in good standing of the Helen P. Denit Honors Program, i.e. admitted to the program and not on probation..
        2) Have secured an internship at a certified 501 c3 organization.
        3) Have registered for a three-credit internship course at the University of Baltimore.
        4) The application process requires a one-page essay explaining the purpose of the internship and why the experience will integrate with and enhance coursework and professional goals. The student must submit a social security number for payment.

    To receive the full amount of the award, a student must:

        1) Submit a log recording hours worked to the director of the honors program (the number of hours is determined by the requirements for the UB class, i.e. HIST 490 requires 120 hours of work).
        2) Submit a letter from the supervisor on organization letterhead certifying that the student completed the required hours.
        3) Submit documentation from the professor of record of the UB course that the student has fulfilled the requirements for the course.
        4) Submit a 3-page double-spaced self-reflection describing the experience and what you have learned from it.

    This opportunity is made possible by the Helen Pumphrey Denit Trust for Charitable and Educational Purposes.

    Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; however, the completed nomination and application must be submitted to the Office of the Helen P. Denit Honors Program at least 30 days prior to the internship start date

Last Published 7/19/17