American Indian Resource Center & Union Student Leader Scholarship


YEAR 2024-2025

Scholarship Details

Provided by: American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) & A. Ray Olpin Student Union

Scholarship Disbursed Academic Fall 2024

Value: $2,000

Number of Awards: 2

Application Deadline: Monday, February 19th, 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


The AIRC & Union Student Leader Scholarship provides two (2) scholarships of $2,000 to assist a student in accomplishing their academic goals. The purpose is to identify and recognize students whose commitment to creating an inclusive campus community, has or will contribute to the overall mission of the Union. This includes 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 with an office or event(s) in the Union.


The AIRC Union Student Leader Scholarship committee 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 community to mean the University of Utah, Salt Lake City area or your own personal community. Previous recipients of the scholarship are welcome to apply, with preference given to new applicants/recipients. 



  • This scholarship is available to incoming and current American Indian students enrolled at the University of Utah for Fall 2024 semester  
  • Candidates must take a minimum of 12 undergraduate or 6 graduate credits at the University of Utah for the 2024 fall semester. 
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate financial need for the scholarship via the financial need essay. 
  • Candidates must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 from the University of Utah or prior institution. 
  • 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 both graduated from a recognized Utah High school and 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 19th, 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 resume
  • Attach an essay: Educational and Career Goals
  • Attach an essay: Community Essay


David Leon

Graduate Assisstant

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. Are you affiliated with a culturally recognized American Indian Tribe?
  3. Resume
  4. Educational and career goals essay
  5. Community essay