Utah Opportunity Scholarship (UOS)

The University of Utah recognizes that a racially/ethnically diverse student body benefits and enriches the educational experiences of all students, faculty, and staff. Thus, we strive to recruit students who will further enrich this diversity, and make every attempt to support their academic and personal success while they are here. In support of this goal, the Utah Opportunity Scholarship (UOS) will be offered to first time in college freshmen that graduated from a Utah high school. Eligible applicants are first-generation college students and/or those with demonstrated financial need. Whenever possible, scholars will be selected from applicants whose ethnic background is under-represented in higher education in Utah, with preference given to those who demonstrate a commitment to Black/African Diaspora, Pacific Island, American Indian/Native/Indigenous, Latinx, and/or Asian/Asian American communities through community service and engagement or leadership within these communities. Selected applicants must also be accepted to the University of Utah.

Utah Opportunity Scholars Benefits:

  • $4000.00 per semester for 8 consecutive semesters
  • Student Support through program, 1-1 engagements, socials, study groups, etc.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduated from a Utah High School
  • Admitted to the University of Utah for Fall 2023
  • Must be a first time in college freshmen in Fall 2023
  • Eligible for Utah residency status for the academic year in which they are applying
  • Eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid (FASFA)
  • Be willing to fully engage in the 4 year Utah Opportunity Scholars Program which includes:
  • Cohort/Programmatic Support Meetings
  • Study hours/Sessions
  • Enrollment in Ethnic Studies 2510 (Fall) and Ethnic Studies 2520 (spring) during their freshmen year
  • Socials
  • Regular 1-on-1 engagements with program staff

This Scholarship is renewable for up to eight semesters. To renew this award, students must qualify annually by maintaining satisfactory academic achievement and make acceptable progress toward a Bachelor’s degree and abide by the University of Utah, Student Code of Conduct. Students must also continue to qualify for Financial Aid (FAFSA) each year.

$4000 per semester
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please share in a short personal statement how your familial, cultural, ethnic/racial strengths have prepared you for college and how you will harness those strengths to be successful at the University of Utah
  2. Upload a Current Resume
  3. Please provide the name and email address of a Reference that can speak to your accomplishments, academic strengths, leadership and/or Community Involvement.
  4. Please provide the name and email address of a Reference that can speak to your accomplishments, academic strengths, leadership and/or community involvement.