Hamza Yaqoobi First Generation Union Scholarship



YEAR 2022-2023


Scholarship Disbursed: Academic Year 2022-2023

Provided by: The A. Ray Olpin University Union

Value: $3,000

Number of Awards: 3

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 Hamza Yaqoobi First Generation Union Scholarship provides three (3) scholarships of $3,000 to first-generation college students pursuing an undergraduate degree . The scholarship aims to identify and recognize first-generation students whose commitment to creating community has, or will, contribute to the culture, values, and overall mission of the Union and the surrounding Utah community. This includes students building and strengthening their community within the Union, University of Utah campus community, and the Utah community.

This scholarship defines first-generation as a student whose parents or guardians did not complete a four-year college degree. This scholarship views commitment to creating and strengthening community as the process of working collaboratively with community groups and individuals on and off campus to address issues that impact the well-being of historically underrepresented and marginalized communities.

Hamza Yaqoobi, a first-generation University of Utah graduate, is one of the first recipients of the Union Scholarships. While working towards his degree at the University of Utah, Hamza also dedicated his time to working with and creating spaces for underrepresented community members on and off-campus. Hamza credits scholarships like the Union Scholarships for supporting his academic and community endeavors simultaneously. As a first-generation college graduate supported through scholarships, Hamza feels passionate about supporting other first-generation students who are also committed to community work. Currently, Hamza is the Communications & Development Manager administering the Union Scholarships and raising scholarship funds for University of Utah students.


  • This scholarship is available to first-generation college students pursuing an undergradaute degree
  • This scholarship is available to incoming and current undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Utah for the Fall 2022 semester
  • Candidates must NOT be a previous scholarship recipient
  • Candidates must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 from the University of Utah or prior institution
  • Candidates must have at least half-time status as an undergraduate at the University of Utah
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate community involvement via the community involvement essay
  • 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 with Union Marketing


  • Personal & enrollment information
  • Attach a resume
  • Attach an essay: Communiy involvement essay
  • Attach an essay: Financial aid essay

Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you a first-generation college student (neither of your parents/guardians have a college degree)?
  2. Marketing Assessment
  3. Resume
  4. Community Involvement Essay
  5. Financial Need Essay