Maria Isabel Reyes Memorial Transfer Scholarship



YEAR 2024-2025


Provided by: The A. Ray Olpin University Union

Value: $3,000

Number of Awards: 1

Scholarship Disbursed: Academic Year 2024-2025

Application Deadline: Monday, February 19, 2024 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.


María Isabel Reyes was a Graduate Assistant in the Union Administration Office at the A. Ray Olpin University Union. As a first-generation Latina transfer student, María worked tirelessly to create an inclusive campus community. María tragically lost her life to cancer in August 2017; however, during her short time at the University of Utah, her impact in the campus community and the Union was immense. María felt passionate about identifying best practices for supporting all underrepresented students in the Union.

The Union acknowledges and recognizes transfer students within our campus community for their dedication and commitment to creating an inclusive environment. The María Isabel Reyes Memorial Transfer Scholarship provides one (1) scholarship of $3,000 to assist a transfer student in accomplishing their academic goals. The purpose of this scholarship is to identify and recognize a transfer student whose commitment to creating an inclusive campus community has, or will, contribute to the culture, values, and overall mission of the Union. This includes transfer 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 within an office or event(s) in the Union

The María Isabel Reyes Memorial Scholarship 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 a transfer student to mean any student who has previously attended a regionally accredited college or university after successfully graduating from high school or obtaining their GED.


  • This scholarship is available to incoming and current transfer students enrolled at the University of Utah for the Fall 2024 semester
  • This scholarship is available to students pursuing an undergradaute degree
  • Candidates must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 from the University of Utah or prior institution (including high school).
  • Candidates must have at least half-time status as an undergraduate student at the University of Utah
  • 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 on Thursday, September 19, 2024. The celebration promotes the scholarship on a community level and will be the time when recipients are publicly recognized and awarded.
  • Sign scholarship Acceptance Forms
  • Schedule a headshot picture


  • Personal & Enrollment Information
  • Attach a esume
  • Attach an essay: Transfer story Essay
  • Attach an essay: Campus contribution essay


David Leon

Graduate Assistant

University of Utah, A. Ray Olpin Union Building

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

(801) 585-9709

Supplemental Questions
  1. Marketing Assessment
  2. Resume
  3. Transfer Story Essay
  4. Campus Contribution Essay