American Indian Resource Center & Union Student Leader Scholarship



YEAR 2022-2023


Scholarship Details

Provided by: Amer ican Indian Resource Center (AIRC) & A. Ray Olpin University Union

Scholarship Disbursed Academic Year 2022-2023

Value: $3,000

Number of Awards: 1

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 AIRC Union Student Leader Scholarship Fund provides one (1) scholarship of $3,000 to assist a student in accomplishing their academic goals. The purpose is to identify and recognize students whose commitment to creating an inclusive campus community, has or will contribute to the overall mission of the Union. This includes students who are or will be associated with promoting diversity and inclusion within the Union and/or campus community. These opportunities can include but are not limited to involvement with an office or event(s) in the Union. 


The AIRC Union Student Leader Scholarship committee defines a commitment to inclusivity as, the process of working collaboratively with community groups and individuals to address issues that impact the well-being of historically marginalized communities in an effort to provide equitable service(s). For purposes of this scholarship and application, we also have a broad interpretation of the definition of community to mean the University of Utah, Salt Lake City area or your own personal community. Previous recipients of the scholarship are welcome to apply, with preference given to new applicants/recipients. 



  • This scholarship is available to incoming and current American Indian students enrolled at the University of Utah for Fall 2022 semester  
  • Candidates must take a minimum of 12 undergraduate or 9 graduate credits at the University of Utah for the 2021 fall semester. 
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate financial need for the scholarship via the financial need essay. 
  • Candidates must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 from the University of Utah or prior institution. 
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • The recipient is required to be a Union Scholarship Ambassador. This means promoting 1-2 scholarship fundraising events throughout the year
  • Sign scholarship Acceptance Forms
  • Schedule a headshot picture


  • Personal & Enrollment Information
  • Attach a resume
  • Attach an essay: Educational Goals
  • Attach an essay: Community 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. Are you affiliated with a culturally recognized American Indian Tribe?
  3. Resume
  4. Please write an essay which concisely: 

    • Shares how your cultural heritage has been meaningful during your education and how your educational and career goals relate to the American Indian community. 
    • AND 
    • Explains how this scholarship would help you pursue your educational goals. 
      • 500 word maximum
  5. Please write a second essay which concisely: 

    • Please describe your plan you give back to your community and foster an inclusive campus community during and after you have completed your education
      • 500 word maximum