International and Area Studies Scholarship Application

Deadline: This scholarship application will be open until Friday, February 2nd, 2024 (02/02/24)

This is the General Application for the International and Area Studies Scholarships:

1. Asia Center Tuition Waiver Scholarship
2. Center for Latin American Studies Tuition Waiver Scholarship
3. Middle East Studies Program Tuition Waiver Scholarship
4. International Studies Program Tuition Waiver Scholarship

The International and Area Studies tuition waiver provides $5,000 for the academic year ($2,500 Fall and $2,500 Spring) for selected outstanding undergraduate students majoring in Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle East Studies, and International Studies. The awards are non-refundable and can only cover tuition. Applicants must carry a GPA of 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher, must be a resident of the State of Utah by the term they will be receiving the waiver and be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens as defined for federal student aid eligibility on the following website:, and seeking a first bachelor’s degree. Students seeking a second bachelor’s degree are not eligible. Eligible students must enroll for a minimum of twelve credit hours each semester.

Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible to receive the scholarship, students must meet the following five criteria:
a) Have a declared major in one (or more) of the following majors: Asian Studies/ Latin American Studies/ Middle East Studies/ International Studies
b) Have a minimum GPA of 3.5
c) Be a US Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen
d) Must have Utah residency status by Fall 2023
e) Must be pursuing their first bachelor’s degree and enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester

Evaluation Criteria
Each application will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
a) the potential impact of the scholarship on the student’s academic and professional plans
b) the thoroughness and clarity of the statement of purpose
c) financial need
d) academic merit

Supplemental Questions
  1. Name (as found on legal documentation):
  2. What name would you like us to use to refer to you?
  3. For tuition purposes, will you be a resident or non-resident of the state of Utah by the Fall 2024 semester?
  4. Have you submitted a 2024-2025 FAFSA application?
  5. Are you a transfer student? Please respond Yes or No. If you are a transfer student, please list the institution you are transferring from.
  6. Have you declared a major in International Studies, Asian Studies, Latin American Studies or Middle East Studies?
  7. Do you have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 or greater?
  8. What is your cumulative GPA?
  9. Are you a US Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen as defined for federal student aid eligibility on the following website:
  10. Are you a matriculated (degree seeking) University of Utah student pursuing your first bachelor's degree?
  11. What is your expected date of graduation? Please provide the Semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer) and Year.
  12. Are you planning to register for a minimum of 12 credits for both the Fall 2024 semester and the Spring 2025 semester?
  13. Optional Demographic Information

    We request demographic information from our applicants to include in our reporting. Providing this information is voluntary/optional and will not have an impact on your eligibility.

    What is your gender identity?

  14. What pronouns would you like us to use in referring to you?
  15. Please check next to the racial category/categories with which you most identify:
  16. Other racial category/categories with which you identify:
  17. Are you Hispanic or Latina/o/x/e (a person of Cuban, Mexican, Dominican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American origin, or from another Latin American country regardless of race)?
  18. Do you identify as or have origins in any of the indigenous peoples of North, Central and South America?
  19. Did your parent(s)/guardian(s) graduate from college?
  20. Have you served or are you currently serving in the U.S. Military?
  21. Statement of Purpose

    Please include a typed statement in which you discuss how your major in International Studies/Asian Studies/Latin American Studies/Middle East Studies supports your academic and career goals. If relevant, share any signature experiences you are planning to participate in during the 2024-2025 academic year that are related to your goals. These experiences may include volunteering, student leadership, a research project or independent study, an internship, a study abroad, etc.
  22. Statement of Financial Need

    Please include a typed statement in which you discuss the importance of this scholarship to your ability to progress toward your academic and career goals. You may wish to include information about yourself and/or your family that illustrates your financial need (including but not limited to such things as whether or not you are a first-generation college student, whether and what kinds of additional financial assistance you have earned to support your education, and your employment and/or family-related commitments).
  23. I certify that the information is true, complete, and given in good faith.
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