Dreamers Connecting Our Community Union Scholarship



YEAR 2020-2021



Provided by: Dream Center and the A. Ray Olpin University Union

Number of awards: 4

Value: $ 5,000

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


The Dreamers Connecting Our Community Scholarship recognizes and promotes student engagement and service, particularly as it relates to higher education access for immigrant communities in Utah. This Scholarship recognizes student leadership that extends beyond the classroom into the broader community, as we strongly believe education is a human right and that everyone deserves an opportunity to earn a higher education despite immigration status. Dreamers (with or without DACA) are welcome and #HeretoStay.


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. 



The Dream Center at the University of Utah Office of Engagement, in partnership with The Union Administration Office is pleased to announce four (4) scholarships of $5,000 each to assist undergraduate and graduate Dreamers (undocumented students with or without DACA) in accomplishing their academic goals. 

The purpose of this scholarship is to identify and recognize incoming and current University of Utah Dreamers whose community engagement and service have, or will contribute to the overall mission of the Dream Center (dream.utah.edu). This includes students who (1) engage in specialized college outreach and access strategies, (2) provide individualized mentoring and scholarship support for current and future University of Utah undocumented students, (3) promote campus-wide advocacy and trainings for University of Utah students, faculty, staff and administration, and (4) increase community-wide awareness of policies affecting current and future University of Utah undocumented students. These opportunities can include but are not limited to involvement with Dream Center events or the community at large.


  • Must have graduated from a high school or GED Program in Utah.
  • Be an incoming or current University of Utah undergraduate or graduate Dreamer  (with or without DACA) with plans to enroll in the Fall 2020.
  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 undergraduate or 9 graduate credits at the U of U for Fall 2020
  • Hold a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and above from the University of Utah or prior institution, and a 2.5 for current high school students. 
  • 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).


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 helps promote the scholarship on a community level and will be the time when the recipients are publicly awarded their scholarship. 



 Danielle Martinez

Graduate Assistant

University of Utah University Union

200 S. Central Campus Dr. Room 255

Salt Lake City, UT  8411

Supplemental Questions
  1. How did you hear about this scholarship opportunity?
  2. Please upload your current resume when submitting your application
  3. Did you fill out this financial aid assessment form?

  4. How has your background, personal story, and immigration status affected your educational pursuits?
  5. How do you demonstrate leadership in the immigrant community and how does it relate to your passions and academic program(s) of interest?
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