Union Scholarship for Student Veteran Leadership




YEAR 2020-2021



Provided by: Veterans Support Center & Union Administration Office

Value: $2,500, $1,500

Number of awards: 2

Application deadline: February 14, 2020 by 6 p.m. (MST)


The mission of The Union Scholarship for Student Veteran Leadership is to promote student veteran leadership within the campus community. The Veterans Support Center (VSC) and the University Union promote leadership by cultivating social, cultural, co-curricular, and service opportunities. Recognizing that student veterans possess leadership skills from their military experience, the VSC and Union encourage student veterans to further develop and utilize these skills within the campus and local community.


The Union Scholarship Fund for Student Veteran Leadership provides one (1) scholarship of $2,500 and one (1) scholarship of $1,500 to assist student veterans in accomplishing their academic goals. The purpose is to identify and recognize student veterans whose involvement and leadership has or will contribute to the overall mission of the VSC and the Union. This includes students who are or will be associated with different leadership opportunities within the VSC or Union. These opportunities can include, but are not limited to, involvement with an office or event in the VSC, Union, or community organization, activity, or initiative.

The Union 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, the Veterans Support Center, 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). Leadership is not always defined by holding a formal position.


  • The student must be a student veteran as defined by the Veterans Support Center.*
  • The student veteran must be a current full-time student in good standing with the University of Utah and will be attending full-time during Fall Semester 2020.
  • If an undergraduate, the student veteran must have earned a minimum of 30 credit hours at the University of Utah by the end of Spring Semester 2020.
  • If a graduate student, the student veteran must have earned a minimum of 18 credit hours at the University of Utah by the end of Spring Semester 2020.
  • The student veteran must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the University of Utah.
  • The student veteran must have never been convicted of a felony or dishonorably discharged from the military.
  • The student veteran must have demonstrated their leadership contributions to the community and/or campus in a significant manner or have a specific plan and commitment to do so.
  • While the student veteran must demonstrate significant merit, financial need will also be considered.

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.)


Application must be received no later than 6:00 PM on February 14, 2020. (MST)

The recipient of this scholarship is expected to attend the annual Union Scholarship Celebration event during the evening of April 2, 2019. The celebration helps promote the scholarship on a community level and will be the time when the recipients are publicly awarded their scholarship.


Hamza Yaqoobi

University of Utah University Union

200 S. Central Campus Dr.

Room 255

Salt Lake City, UT 84112

(801) 585-6059 



A collective term for any student who has served or is serving in any capacity of the U.S. Armed Forces, regardless of location, duration, or component, and has not been dishonorably discharged. 

Supplemental Questions
  1. Military Service Information
    • Please indicate your branch of service and the associated dates of service for that branch. If you served in multiple branches, or have various periods of service please indicate that below.
    • Type of discharge (if applicable)
  2. Do you agree to provide the VSC with documentation of your qualifying military service, prior to receipt of the scholarship funds?
  3. Please write an essay about how the leadership skills you learned in the military are being used in the campus, veteran, or local community (500 word minimum-1,000 word maximum).
  4. 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.