New American Scholarship



YEAR 2022-2023


Provided by: The A. Ray Olpin University Union

Scholarship Disbursed: Academic Year 2022-2023

Value: $5,000

Number of Awards: 6

Application Deadline: Sunday, January 30th, 2022 by 11:59 PM (MST)


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 Union Scholarship Fund in partnership with the Womens Resource Center and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 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. 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.


  • 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 2022 fall semester.
  • Candidates must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 from the University of Utah or prior institution (including high school).
  • Candidates must have at least half-time status as an undergraduate or as a graduate student
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate financial need for the scholarship via the financial need essay
  • 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 graduated from a recognized Utah high school or 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).
  • Students who 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


  • The recipients of the scholarship are expected to attend the annual Union Scholarship Celebration event during the evening of Thursday, September 15th, 2022. The celebration promotes the scholarship on a community level and will be the time when recipients are publicly recognized and awarded.
  • Recipients of this scholarship are required to be Union Scholarship Ambassadors. This means promoting 1-2 scholarship fundraising events throughout the academic year
  • Sign scholarship Acceptance Forms
  • Schedule a headshot picture


  • Personal & Enrollment Information
  • Attach a Resume
  • Attach an essay: New American Essay
  • Attach an essay: Career & Involvement Essay


Hamza Yaqoobi

Communications & Development Manager

University of Utah, A. Ray Olpin Union Building

200 S. Central Campus Dr. Room 255 Salt Lake City, UT 84112

(801) 927-8301

Supplemental Questions
  1. Marketing Assessment
  2. Resume
  3. New American Essay
  4. Career and involvement essay