Union Scholarship for Undergraduate Student Veteran Persistence




YEAR 2020-2021



Provided by: Veterans Support Center & Union Administration Office

Value: $2,000


Number of awards: 3

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


The mission of The Union Scholarship for Student Veteran Persistence is to promote undergraduate student veteran retention and graduation by recognizing those student veterans who continue their military service while enrolled or those who do not receive full VA educational benefits.


The Union Scholarship Fund for Student Veteran Persistence provides two (2) scholarships of $2,000 and one (1) of $1,000 to assist student veterans in accomplishing their academic goals. The two greater scholars will only be granted to full-time students. The lesser scholarship will be awarded to a full- or part-time student. The purpose is to identify and recognize student veterans who do not receive full VA educational benefits or who are actively serving in the Reserves or National Guard, and who continue to pursue their first bachelor’s degree and demonstrate academic excellence.

The Union Scholarship committee defines persistence as achieving academic excellence and continuing one’s education despite the challenges of continued military service or attending without the benefit of full VA educational benefits.


  • The student must be a student veteran as defined by the Veterans Support Center.*

  • For the greater scholarships, the student veteran must be a current full-time student in good standing with the University of Utah who will be attending full-time during Fall Semester 2020.

  • For the lesser scholarship, the student veteran must be a current full-time or part-time student in good standing with the University of Utah who will be attending at least half-time (6 credits) during Fall Semester 2020..

  • The student veteran must not be receiving VA educational benefits at the 100% rate or must be actively serving in the Reserves or National Guard.

  • The student veteran must have earned a minimum of 30 undergraduate 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.

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, 2020. 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
    • Please indicate your branch of service and the associated dates of service for that branch. If you have served in multiple branches, or have various periods of service please indicate that below.
    • Type of discharge (if applicable):
    • VA education benefit rate for which you have qualified (%):
  2. Do you agree to provide the VSC with documentation of your qualifying military service, prior to receipt of the scholarship funds?

    Provide an essay about what you learned in the military that has enabled you to persist at the University of Utah (500 word minimum – 1,000 word maximum): 

    • without the benefit of full VA educational benefits and/or
    • while meeting the demands of your military service
  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.