Union Scholarship for Military/Veteran Spouse or Dependent Volunteerism




YEAR 2020-2021



Provided by: Veterans Support Center & Union Administration Office

Value: $1,000

Number of awards: 2

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


The mission of The Union Scholarship for Military/Veteran Spouse or Dependent Volunteerism is to promote military/veteran family member volunteerism in the campus and local community. The Veterans Support Center (VSC) and the University Union promote service by cultivating social, cultural, co-curricular, and service opportunities. Recognizing that military/veteran family members often volunteer in support of others, the VSC and Union encourage them to continue their volunteerism in the campus and local community.


The Union Scholarship for Military/Veteran Spouse or Dependent Volunteerism provides two (2) scholarship of $1,000 to assist a spouse or dependent in accomplishing their academic goals. The purpose is to identify and recognize a spouse or dependent whose involvement has or will contribute to the overall mission of the VSC and the Union. This volunteerism can include, but is not limited to, involvement with an office or event in the VSC, Union, campus, or community organization, activity, or initiative.

The Union Scholarship committee defines volunteerism as the practice of volunteering one’s time or talents for the benefit of others in charitable, educational, or other worthwhile activities in one’s campus or local community (adapted from dictionary.com).


  • The student must be a current spouse or legal dependent of a veteran as defined by the VSC.*
  • The student 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.
  • The student must have earned a minimum of 30 undergraduate credit hours or 18 graduate credit hours at the University of Utah by the end of Spring Semester 2020.
  • The student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the University of Utah.
  • The student must have never been convicted of a felony.
  • The student must have demonstrated a significant commitment to volunteering in the campus or local community or have a specific plan and commitment to do so.
  • While the student 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 anyone 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. Sponsor Military Service
    • Please indicate your sponsor's branch of service and the associated dates of service for that branch. If your sponsor served in multiple branches, or has various periods of service please indicate that below.
    • Sponsor type of discharge (if applicable)
  2. Do you agree to provide the Veteran Support Center with documentation of your sponsor's qualifying military service, prior to receipt of the scholarship funds?
  3. Please write an essay about what you learned as a military/veteran family member that inspired you to serve others through volunteerism in the campus or local community (500 minimum-1,000 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.