U Alumni Union Student Leader Scholarship


Application for 


Year 2020-2021


Provided by: University of Utah Alumni Association and A. Ray Olpin University Union

Value: $3,000

Number of Awards: 4

Application Deadline:  January 31, 2020 by 11:59 (MST)



The purpose of the Union Scholarship Fund is to support the academic achievement of students representing a wide array of backgrounds and experiences; these 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.


The Union Scholarship Fund provides four (4) scholarships of $3,000 each to assist student leaders in accomplishing their academic goals. The purpose is to identify and recognize student leaders whose involvement has, or will contribute to the overall mission of the Union. This includes students who are or will be associated with the different leadership opportunities within the Union. These opportunities can include but are not limited to involvement with an office or event(s) in the Union. 


The U Alumni Union Student Leader Scholarship committee defines leadership as the ability to communicate and embody a vision so that others commit to fulfilling the mission and goals of the University of Utah and the University Union. Leaders demonstrate self-knowledge, role modeling, integrity, decision-making ability, conflict resolution skills, and vision (adapted from the Association of College Unions International). In addition, leadership is not always defined by holding a formal position. 


  • Candidate must be a student leader in some capacity within the A. Ray Olpin University Union
  • Candidates must have completed one academic semester at an institution of higher education. 
  • Candidates must take a minimum of 12 undergraduate or 9 graduate credits at the University of Utah for the 2020 fall semester. 
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate financial need for the scholarship via the financial need essay. 
  • Candidates must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 from the University of Utah or prior institution. 
  • 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 promotes the scholarship on a community level and will be the time when recipients are publicly recognized and awarded. 


Scholarship Contact 

Danielle Martinez

Graduate Assistant

University of Utah University Union

200 S. Central Campus Dr. Room 255

Salt Lake City, UT  84112


(801) 581-4004

Supplemental Questions
  1. How did you hear about this scholarship opportunity?
  2. Please upload your current resume when submitting your application
  3. Please write an essay demonstrating your financial need for this scholarship.
  4. Please write an essay which concisely: 

    • Demonstrates a clear, specific and personal interpretation of the term, leadership
    • Describes specific values you believe a leader should exude; please include examples as to how a leader such as yourself might exude those values
    • Connects how the experiences you listed on your resume are relevant to your interpretation of leadership
    • Describes in specifics your current AND future contributions after graduation to the communities you serve (Please be specific in your current or past roles)
    • 1000 word maximum
  5. Applicants may choose to provide additional information that may not be reflected in their provided materials. Additional information may include family or financial hardship, or GPA misrepresentation.