U Alumni Community Care Scholarship

U Alumni Community Care Scholarship 

 

Description  

This scholarship supports students who have lost family or community support due to their gender and/or sexual identity. LGBTQIA+ students may lose family or community support when they come out, express who they are, or when they extricate themselves from a harmful environment. Sometimes students may experience this loss of support suddenly, and be forced to make quick decisions about where they will live and how they will survive. This scholarship supports students who may be in the process of figuring out how they will support themselves after losing financial support and other resources from family and/or community, or who may have lost such support in the past and are continuing to find support through other means. The goal of this scholarship is support students in persisting to graduation and achieving their goals even after a life-changing event, and in turn to benefit LGBTQIA+ communities thorough the ways that scholarship recipients plan to give back to such communities. Award amount is $3,000. 

 

Qualifications: 

  • Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student at the University of Utah OR an incoming undergraduate student who has completed at least one semester at another university or college. 
  • Must explain how student has experienced a loss of family and/or community support that has created financial hardship.  
  • Must demonstrate a strong commitment to supporting LGBTQIA+ communities in the present and the future. 
  • Must have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.  
  • Preference given to students who are Juniors or Seniors and nearing the completion of their degree program. 
  • Financial need will be considered in selection process. Awardees will be required to complete a FAFSA process to have scholarship awarded. Applicants with questions or concerns about this may contact our office. 
  • Awardees will be required to complete HB 144 affidavit to have scholarship awarded. Our scholarships are available to undocumented/DACA students who have graduated from a Utah high school as well as international students. Applicants with questions or concerns about this may contact our office. 

 

Application Requirements:  

 

  • Personal statement (500 words or less) in Word or PDF format. Personal statement should address: 

    • What financial hardship has losing family or community support created for you? How could this scholarship help relieve that hardship?  
    • If you could change one thing for LGBTQIA+ community, what would that be? What role do you see yourself playing in being part of that change? Please reference any involvement you are already doing in this regard, including activism, volunteering, academic work, art or cultural work, support of others, self-preservation, etc.  
    • What is your current educational plan (major, minor, future career, etc.) and what are you doing to ensure you are successful in this plan as a student? 
    • Anything else you want to committee to consider when reviewing your application. 
        
  • Unofficial copy of most recent transcript in PDF format  

 

Submit application by February 28, 2021 by 11:59pm MSTFor questions about this application, contact lgbtrc@sa.utah.edu, 801-587-7973. 

 

Award
$3,000
Deadline
02/28/2021
Supplemental Questions
  1. What is your year in school?
    1. Personal statement (500 words or less). Should be uploaded in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format. Personal statement should address:
    • What financial hardship has losing family or community support created for you? How could this scholarship help relieve that hardship? 
    • If you could change one thing for LGBTQIA+ community, what would that be? What role do you see yourself playing in being part of that change? Please reference any involvement you are already doing in this regard, including activism, volunteering, academic work, art or cultural work, support of others, self-preservation, etc. 
    • What is your current educational plan (major, minor, future career, etc.) and what are you doing to ensure you are successful in this plan as a student?
    • Anything else you want to committee to consider when reviewing your application. 
  2. Unofficial Transcript