Refugees Connecting Our Community Union Scholarship
REFUGEES CONNECTING OUR COMMUNITY
Provided by: A. Ray Olpin University Union
Number of awards: 1
Application deadline: January 31, 2020 by 11:59pm (MST)
PURPOSE OF THE UNION SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The purpose of the Union Scholarship Fund is to support the academic achievement of students representing a wide array of backgrounds and experiences; the students are currently attending or plan to attend the University of Utah. The fund promotes the retention and completion of students who demonstrate financial need and a commitment to the mission of the Union. Through this fund, the Union and its scholarship partners recognize students who are committed to bettering the communities they serve.
REFUGEES CONNECTING OUR COMMUNITY UNION SCHOLARSHIP PURPOSE
The Union Scholarship Fund provides one (1) scholarship of $5,000 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 overall mission of the Union.
The Refugees Connecting our Community Scholarship also values the importance of community and 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 include the University of Utah, Salt Lake City area, or your own neighborhood.
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 Refugees Connecting Our Community 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.
Previous recipients of the scholarship are welcome to apply, with preference given to new applicants/recipients.
- This scholarship is available to refugee students (undergrad and graduate) currently enrolled at the University of Utah as well as incoming students anticipated to enroll for the 2020 fall semester
- Candidates must take a minimum of 12 undergraduate or 9 graduate credits at the University of Utah for the 2020 fall semester.
- Candidates must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 from the University of Utah or prior institution. Current high school students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
- This is a need based scholarship as such 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 2nd, 2020. The celebration helps promote the scholarship on a community level and will be the time when the recipients are publicly awarded their scholarship.
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