Rick Pitino Presidential Medal Scholarship

Rick Pitino is Head Coach of basketball at the University of Louisville and has coached at Boston University, Providence College, and the University of Kentucky. Pitino holds the distinction of being the only men's coach in NCAA history to lead three different schools (Providence, Kentucky, and Louisville) to a Final Four and the only coach in the NCAA to lead two different schools to an NCAA National Championship (Kentucky and Louisville). In 2013, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. As a student at UMass Amherst from 1971-1974, Pitino played guard for the Minutemen. Eligibility

  • Massachusetts resident
  • Enrolled in the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst

Application There is no formal application form. However, students must submit the following as PDF attachments to an email to onsa@honors.umass.edu before September 28. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All emailed material must include the student's name and SPIRE ID number.

  • Resume
  • Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Essay describing what you expect to see yourself doing ten years from today (up to 500 words)

Award Details This scholarship provides one merit-based award annually. Back to UMass Presidential and Alumni Scholarships.