Student Activism Scholarship



YEAR 2022-2023


Provided by: Cactus & Tropicals, A. Ray Olpin University Union, & Student Development & Inclusion Office

Value: $5,000

Number of Awards: 1

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


Social Activism is an intentional action seeking to bring about social change. Social issues include individual and institutional racism, civil rights, poverty, income and opportunity inequality, immigration, environment, and education. In response to recent heightened social challenges, the Student Development & Inclusion Office has partnered with Cactus & Tropicals and the Student Union to establish the Student Activism Scholarship. This scholarship will financially support a student scholar in developing a module for student activism on campus. This student will study the role of activism in our campus and community and then mentor other students through the process of organizing, protesting, and implementing their plan to be civically engaged and urge action against the vast array of social or environmental conditions that are unjust.

To qualify for this scholarship students should have demonstrated interest and value the role of safe protest /civil disobedience and activism either on campus and/or in the community. Students will also need to demonstrate their financial need. This scholarship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.


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.


  • Candidates must be admitted to The University of Utah and working toward a Bachelor’s degree or a graduate program (Master’s or PhD degree)
  • Candidates must take a minimum of 12 undergraduate or 9 graduate credits at the University of Utah for the 2021 Spring semester
  • Candidates must have completed one academic semester at the University of Utah
  • Candidates must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 from the University of Utah or prior institution.
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate financial need for the scholarship via the financial need essay
  • This scholarship comes with the potential for student employment with Cactus & Tropicals depending on the scholarship recipient’s choice
  • Candidates must have time to dedicate at least 40 hours a semester
  • Candidates must be willing to work with University leadership to design a module to support and further student activism
  • 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: Activism essay
  • Attach an essay: Financial aid essay
  • Attach an optional essay: Additional information that may not be reflected in applicant’s provided material (optional)


Hamza Yaqoobi

Development and Communications Specialist

University of Utah University Union

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

(801) 927-8301

Supplemental Questions
  1. How did you hear about this scholarship opportunity?
  2. Please upload your resume when submitting your application
  3. Student Activism Scholarship Essay
  4. Financial Need Essay
  5. Applicants may choose to provide additional information that may not be reflected in their provided materials. Additional information may include family or financial hardship, or GPA misrepresentation.