Ophelia Flores Laurella Pathfinder Scholarship

The Ophelia Flores Laurella Pathfinder Scholarship in Humanities was established by Carl L. and Vanessa B. Laurella in 2015 as a way to honor Carl’s late mother, Ophelia. The scholarship is available to first-generation college students studying Humanities at the University of Utah with demonstrated financial need. While Ophelia could not attend college herself, she made sure her children could. Carl, a U of U Communication alum, was the first in his family to graduate from college and has established this scholarship with his wife to help encourage other first-generation college students to graduate in the Humanities.


  • Applicants must be first generation students and currently enrolled at the University of Utah with a declared major or minor in a Humanities field.
  • Applicant must include/upload all supplemental questions below.

Contact Natalie Montoya at natalie.montoya@utah.edu with scholarship question.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Upload two one-page essays (single-sided, double-spaced) answering the following questions: What should the scholarship committee know about you? What are your career goals? What is your expected graduation date?
  2. Upload two one-page, single-sided letters of recommendation (from employers, teachers/professors, and/or community service professionals)
  3. Upload an unofficial copy of your academic transcript(s).
  4. Please provide a photo/headshot of yourself that can be used for College of Humanities announcements and social media purposes.