Graduate School & Union Student Leader



YEAR 2019-2020


Provided by: The A. Ray Olpin University Union

Value: $2,000

Number of awards: 1

Application deadline: Saturday, February 16th, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. (MST) 


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.


The Graduate School fosters excellence for all graduate students by providing administrative structure and leadership to maintain and enhance graduate education at the U. The Graduate School offers financial assistance, support innovative academic opportunities, and provides professional development to students, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and faculty. The Graduate School is guided by the principles of quality, diversity, and integrity, as the department strives to build a community of scholars and leaders. For more information about The Graduate School, please visit their website.

The Union recognizes graduate students (in either masters or doctoral-level programs) within our campus community for their dedication and commitment to creating an inclusive environment. The Graduate School & Union Student Leader Scholarship Committee has a commitment to inclusivity. We work collaboratively with community groups and individuals to address issues that impact the well-being of historically marginalized communities in an effort to provide equitable service(s).

The Graduate School & Union Scholarship Fund provides one (1) scholarship of $2,000 to assist a graduate student in accomplishing their academic goals. The purpose of this scholarship is to identify and recognize a graduate student whose commitment to creating an inclusive campus community has, or will, contribute to the culture, values, and overall mission of the Union. This includes graduate students who are or will be associated with promoting diversity and inclusion within the Union and/or campus community. These opportunities can include but are not limited to involvement with an office or event(s) in the Union.


  • This scholarship is available to graduate students currently enrolled at the University of Utah.
  • Candidates must have full-time status as a graduate student at the University of Utah.
  • Candidates must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 from the University of Utah or prior institution.
  • 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 4th2019.The celebration promotes the scholarship on a community level and will be the time when recipients are publicly recognized and awarded.


Teresa Pond, M. Ed.

Assistant Director of Program Coordination

University of Utah University Union

200 S. Central Campus Dr.

Room 255

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Supplemental Questions
  1. How did you hear about this scholarship opportunity?
  2. Please attach your resume when submitting your application.
  3. Please provide an essay that, in no more than 1000 words, describes all of the following elements:

    • Personal and familial background
    • Educational and career goals
    • Current contributions to an inclusive campus community
    • Current contributions to the culture, values, and mission of the Union and/or campus community.
  4. Please provide a short response that describes your qualifications and elaborates on your financial need (e.g. if you are currently receiving a fellowship and/or tuition benefits.)