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A Pin

The 'A-Pin'

The A-Pin is one of the oldest academic awards at Utah State University. Initiated in 1910, it acknowledges and rewards students who achieve a straight-A grade point average while carrying 15 graded credit hours for two consecutive semesters.

The pin features USU's iconic Old Main Tower and includes the phrase "USU Scholarship," denoting the highest marks in scholarly achievement. Click an award period below to see the recipients.


Award Events
  • 4.0 for two consecutive semesters.
  • Fifteen graded credit hours must be carried each semester that is to be counted in the two consecutive semesters.
  • "P" grades, audited courses and "I" grades, or Independent Study courses cannot be counted toward the required fifteen hours.
  • Summer semester may count towards the two consecutive semesters, if at least fifteen hours are carried.
  • Part-time semesters (less than 15 credits) are considered as follows:
- Part-time semesters with any grades of less than an "A" breaks the consecutive structure, and the student must start over.
- Part-time semesters with all A grades are not counted, but they do not break the consecutive structure.
  • Individual courses can only count in any one semester, and individual semesters can only count once in this scholarship program.
  • This recognition is for admitted undergraduate students. Second Bachelor and Graduate students are not included.
  • W's will not count, but can be ignored as long as there are still fifteen graded credits with a 4.0.
  • Split forms are all right as long as they both total fifteen credits together with a 4.0.
  • Intensive English Language Institute only students are eligible as long as they meet the requirements.
  • If there is an IF in the semester, the semester does NOT qualify.