Two undergraduate and five graduate students have been named the first Steffensen Cannon scholars at the University of Utah.

A $3 million scholarship fund - the largest contribution for scholarships in the university's history - was established last year by Hugh Steffensen Cannon to commemorate and honor the life of his mother, Ellen Christina Steffensen Cannon, a graduate of the University of Deseret, forerunner of the U.The 1990-91 scholarship winners are:

Joshua D. Kilgrow, great-grandson of Mrs. Cannon and Brighton High School graduate, will be a freshman at the university. He was named to the all-state football team by The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News and was invited to compete in the Great Western Classic Track meet. He will pursue a bachelor's degree in an area of general education.

Julie Reiser, English major and Spanish minor, is a 1987 Highland High graduate seeking an honors bachelor of arts degree in English literature and creative writing. She intends to teach college English and has studied at Cambridge University, England, and Salamanca University, Spain.

Ann Marie Gardner, a master's of education candidate in the area of special education, works with handicapped children at Highland Park Elementary School. She is a foster parent for a severely, multiply disabled child. Gardner aspires to teach impaired children.

Janet D. Ore, doctoral candidate in history, specializes in American history with an emphasis on architecture. She formerly worked in Montana as a historic preservation officer and adjunct college instructor. The topic of her research is domestic architecture and cultural change.

Donald O. Platt, published poet and doctoral candidate in English, turned down prestigious offers, including a Wallace Stegner fellowship at Stanford, to attend the U. He holds a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Virginia.

Sharon Toronto Mollinet majored in geology and is now enrolled in the master of education program in preparation for teaching high school. She has given geology presentations in local elementary schools and made university classroom presentations. She has studied core samples from exploratory oil and gas wells in New Zealand.

Heidi Van Ert, a doctoral candidate in special education, has taught elementary and junior high school children. She is specializing in gifted education. She earned a master's degree in special education at Utah in 1987 and a bachelor of arts degree from Colorado College in 1976.

Undergraduate recipients receive a $6,500 yearly stipend. Students at the graduate level get an $8,500 stipend plus an amount to cover costs of tuition, books and fees. The awards are usually given for two years with the goal of full-time study without employment.

Principal criteria for selection include strength of character, intellectual and academic achievement or the potential for such achievement, and evidence of a desire to pursue excellence.

Candidates are restricted to the College of Humanities, the Graduate School of Education, students in other disciplines who are in, or intend to go into, teacher education and descendants of Mrs. Cannon in any discipline who are comparable or who show reasonable financial need.

The donor was raised in Farmington, Utah. He is now retired from running several businesses in the Seattle area where he has lived for more than 40 years. Cannon was a world-class discus thrower who set world, American and Rocky Mountain records between 1932 and 1944. He was also an all-conference basketball player during his college years.