New American Scholarship

APPLICATION FOR 

NEW AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP

YEAR 2020-2021



SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS

Provided by: A. Ray Olpin University Union

Value: $5,000

Number of awards: 6

Application deadline: January 31, 2020, by 11:59 pm. (MST)

 

UNION SCHOLARSHIP FUND MISSION STATEMENT

 

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. 

 

PURPOSE OF THE NEW AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP

 

The Union Scholarship Fund in partnership with the Women’s Resource Center, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and the Office of President Ruth V. Watkins provides six (6) scholarships of $5,000 each 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 mission of the Union and the refugee community. The New American Scholarship honors the journeys of refugees and how they resettled. Through this scholarship, we recognize the ways refugees add to the rich fabric of the University of Utah community. 

 

The New American Scholarship committee 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, and/or your own neighborhood.

 

This scholarship is open to students with refugee backgrounds: 

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 New American 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.

 

ELIGIBILITY

 

This scholarship is available to students with refugee backgrounds currently at the University of Utah as well as incoming students anticipated to enroll for the 2019 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 2.5 from the University of Utah or prior institution (including high school). 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; if you graduated from a Utah high school you may skip the next bullet point).  
  • Students who did not graduate from a Utah high school 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. (If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please contact the Dream Center at dream@utah.edu).

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

The recipients of the scholarship are expected to attend the annual Union Scholarship Celebration event during the evening of Thursday, April 2th, 2020. The celebration helps promote the scholarship on a community level and will be the time when the recipients are publicly awarded their scholarship.

 

APPLICATION FOR 

NEW AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP

YEAR 2020-2021



SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS

Provided by: A. Ray Olpin University Union

Value: $5,000

Number of awards: 6

Application deadline: January 31, 2020 by 11:59 pm. (MST)

 

UNION SCHOLARSHIP FUND MISSION STATEMENT

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. 

PURPOSE OF THE NEW AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP

The Union Scholarship Fund in partnership with the Women’s Resource Center, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and the Office of President Ruth V. Watkins provides six (6) scholarships of $5,000 each 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 mission of the Union and the refugee community. The New American Scholarship honors the journeys of refugees and how they resettled. Through this scholarship, we recognize the ways refugees add to the rich fabric of the University of Utah community. 

The New American Scholarship committee 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, and/or your own neighborhood.

This scholarship is open to students with refugee backgrounds: 

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 New American 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.

 

ELIGIBILITY

This scholarship is available to students with refugee backgrounds currently at the University of Utah as well as incoming students anticipated to enroll for the 2019 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 2.5 from the University of Utah or prior institution (including high school). Candidates’ financial needs 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; if you graduated from a Utah high school you may skip the next bullet point).  
  • Students who did not graduate from a Utah high school 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. (If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please contact the Dream Center at dream@utah.edu).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The recipients of the scholarship are expected to attend the annual Union Scholarship Celebration event during the evening of Thursday, April 2th, 2020. The celebration helps promote the scholarship on a community level and will be the time when the recipients are publicly awarded their scholarship.

 

SCHOLARSHIP CONTACT

Danielle Martinez

University of Utah University Union

200 S. Central Campus Dr.

Room 255

Salt Lake City, UT 84112

dmartinez@union.utah.edu

(801) 585- 4004



 

Award
$5,000.00
Deadline
01/31/2020
Supplemental Questions
  1. How did you hear about this scholarship opportunity?
  2. Please attach your resume when submitting your application.
  3. Please include your responses to the following two essay questions when submitting your application. 

    • Please tell us about your experiences as a New American and what this means to you.  This may include, but is not limited to, stories about yourself as a refugee or as a child of (a) refugee/s, and how these experiences shaped you and your accomplishments? (550 Word Maximum)

     

  4. Please describe your educational and career goals and how you are and continue to work with/in the refugee community throughout your lifetime. (550 Word Maximum)