Russell M. Nelson Scholarship 2023

Russell M. Nelson Scholarship

by Debbie

Russell M. Nelson Scholarship

The Russell M. Nelson Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship offered at Brigham Young University. Recipients are among the most academically gifted students who enter the university.

However, the scholarship is not awarded on academic merit alone. Recipients must also demonstrate the highest standards of character, leadership, integrity, testimony, devotion to the Church, and modesty in word, action, dress, and grooming, thereby modeling the values outlined in the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet.

Russell M. Nelson Scholarship

Eligibility for Russell M. Nelson Scholarship

  • Maintain the number of credits required by scholarship, typically 12 for fall/winter. If at any point you fall below the minimum credit hour requirement, your scholarship will be canceled and you will be responsible for any tuition charges and/or discontinuance fees.
  • You must earn and maintain a minimum 3.60 BYU grade point average through the end of each winter semester.
  • You are expected to enroll at BYU for the equivalent of two semesters during each academic year unless serving a Latter-day Saint mission.  If you miss a major semester, you have the option of moving the scholarship to spring and summer terms of the same academic year.  If you do not plan on attending BYU during spring or summer terms, you would simply decline that portion of the scholarship.
  • For more information contact Enrollment Services or click here


  • Appicants should Complete the application form
  • You must apply for scholarships on or before posted deadlines, even if you have not yet been admitted to the university. Scholarship applications are reviewed after admissions decisions have been made.
  • To be considered for scholarships after admission, you must apply by the Continuing Student deadline each year.
  • To receive full consideration for all scholarships for which you may be eligible, you must complete the 2024-2025 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and send it to BYU by January 20, 2024. The 2024-25 FAFSA is available in December 2023. If you are under the age of 30, you must also include your parents’ information, even if you are considered independent on the FAFSA.


50 new entering freshman students each year are to receive this award, which is valued at 150% of Latter-day Saint tuition for eight semesters.

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