New American Scholarship
NEW AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP
Provided by: A. Ray Olpin University Union
Number of awards: 6
Application deadline: Friday, February 8th, 2019 by 5 p.m. (MST)
UNION SCHOLARSHIP FUND MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Union Scholarship Fund is to promote and recognize students’ commitment to creating an inclusive campus community. The University Union strives to promote an inclusive campus community by cultivating an environment that serves students by providing social, cultural, leadership, and co-curricular opportunities. The Union acknowledges and recognizes students within our campus community for their dedication and commitment to creating an inclusive environment.
PURPOSE OF THE NEW AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP
The Union Scholarship Fund in partnership with the Women’s Resource Center, LDS Charities, and the Office of President Ruth V. Watkins provides six (6) scholarships of $5,000 each to assist refugee students in accomplishing their academic goals. The purpose is to identify and recognize students whose community engagement and service have, or will, contribute to the mission of the Union and the refugee community. The New American Scholarship honors the journeys of refugees and how they resettled. Through this scholarship, we recognize the ways refugees add to the rich fabric of the University of Utah community.
The New American Scholarship committee deﬁnes community engagement as the process of working collaboratively with community groups and individuals to address issues that impact the well-being of those groups. For purposes of this scholarship and application, we also have a broad interpretation of the definition of community to mean the University of Utah, the Salt Lake City area, or your own neighborhood.
This scholarship is open to students with refugee backgrounds:
This scholarship is open to students with refugee backgrounds. In addition, the scholarship committee recognizes the nuances in the legal definition of a refugee. As such, the New American Scholarship has a broad understanding of who is considered a refugee. This includes anyone who fits the broader definition as “someone who has been forced to flee [their] country because of persecution, war or violence”. Additionally, we also extend the understanding of a refugee to anyone who has experienced the intergenerational effects of the refugee and migrant diaspora. This includes having family members who are refugees and they themselves not falling under the legal definitions. Moreover, for the purpose of this scholarship, who is considered a refugee will be up to the applicant and their own definition and understanding of the word.
This scholarship is available to students with refugee backgrounds currently at the University of Utah as well as incoming students anticipated to enroll for the 2019 fall semester. Candidates must take a minimum of 12 undergraduate credits, or if you are a graduate student, you must have full-time status according to your respective graduate program.
Candidates must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 from the University of Utah or prior institution (including high school). Candidates financial need will be assessed.
Many students who are selected to receive a University scholarship after May 12, 2015, are required by state law to certify under penalty of perjury that they are eligible to receive the scholarship as a U.S. citizen or a citizen of another country who is lawfully present within the United States. Students who have both graduated from a recognized Utah high school and who are awarded a scholarship funded by a private donor are not required to certify their lawful presence before receiving a privately funded scholarship. (This scholarship is a privately funded scholarship.)
Students who are required to certify their lawful presence in the United States must also be submitted to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for verification of their lawful presence within the United States. Once the University submits information to DHS for verification this federal agency may have the legal right to share information with other government agencies. If you do not know whether you are lawfully present within the United States you should seek the advice of an immigration attorney before accepting a University scholarship that requires certification and verification.
The recipients of the scholarship are expected to attend the annual Union Scholarship Celebration event during the evening of Thursday, April 4th, 2019. The celebration helps promote the scholarship on a community level and will be the time when the recipients are publicly awarded their scholarship.
Teresa Pond, M. Ed.
Assistant Director of Program Coordination
University of Utah University Union
200 S. Central Campus Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84112