Sonny's Endowment for President's Scholars

Established in 2005 by Mr. Bob Yarmuth, CEO for Sonny’s Barb-B-Q, and his family, The Sonny’s Endowment provides a study abroad experience to UCF’s highest achieving Burnett Honors College students. Students must apply for an Honors study abroad program to be eligible for the award. Upon completion of the award, students are expected to present on their experience and document a reflection on the program.

Honors students who meet the requirements listed below can apply for the President’s Scholarship.  This scholarship has two award levels depending on program costs.  For South Africa, the scholarship award is $2,000.  For Nicaragua and Mexico the scholarship award is $1,000.  To be eligible for a President’s Scholarship, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • President's Scholarship has not been awarded before.
  • No more than 80 credit hours completed by the end of the spring semester prior to travel.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.6 (freshmen grades will be looked at in December)
  • 500 word essay commenting of the following quote from Paul Theroux: “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.”

Honors Short-term Study Abroad Scholarships

Honors students who are not eligible for the President’s Scholars Program can apply for a $500-$1,000 Honors Spring Study Abroad Scholarship. These scholarships are awarded competitively and the award level depends on program costs. These scholarships can be applied towards any study abroad program.