Dreamers Connecting Our Community Union Scholarship

The mission of the Union Scholarship Fund is to promote and recognize students’ commitment to creating an inclusive campus community. The University Union strives to promote an inclusive campus community by cultivating an environment that serves students by providing social, cultural, leadership, and co-curricular opportunities. The Union acknowledges and recognizes students within our campus community for their dedication and commitment to creating an inclusive environment.

The Dreamers Connecting Our Community Scholarship recognizes and promotes student engagement and service, particularly as it relates to higher education access for immigrant communities in Utah. This Scholarship recognizes student leadership that extends beyond the classroom into the broader community, as we strongly believe education is a human right and that everyone deserves an opportunity to earn a higher education despite immigration status. Dreamers (with or without DACA) are welcome and #HeretoStay.

The Dream Center at the University of Utah Office of Engagement, in partnership with The Union Administration Office and Ivory homes, is pleased to announce two (2) scholarships of $5,000 each to assist undergraduate and graduate Dreamers (undocumented students with or without DACA) in accomplishing their academic goals. The purpose of this scholarship is to identify and recognize incoming and current University of Utah Dreamers whose community engagement and service have, or will contribute to the overall mission of the Dream Center (dream.utah.edu). These opportunities can include but are not limited to involvement with Dream Center events or the community at large.

The Scholarship Committee defines community engagement as, the process of working collaboratively with community groups and individuals to address issues that impact the well-being of those groups. For purposes of this scholarship and application, we also have a broad interpretation of the definition of community to mean the University of Utah, the Salt Lake City area, or your own neighborhood.

- Must have graduated from a high school or GED Program in Utah.
- Be an incoming or current University of Utah undergraduate or graduate Dreamer (with or without DACA) with plans to enroll in the Fall 2018.
- Enroll in a minimum of 12 undergraduate or 6 graduate credits at the U of U for Fall 2018.
- Hold a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and above 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 April 21st 2018. The celebration helps promote the scholarship on a community level and will be the time when the recipients are publicly awarded their scholarship.

Please attach your resume when submitting application.
- Your resume should include community engagement/service experience. Please include the following details.
• The date you started and finished each experience
• How many hours per week you spent in these positions
• A brief description of each experience
- Your resume should also include any extracurricular activities, school involvement, and general hobbies which demonstrate education or community involvement. Please include the following details.
• The date you started and finished each activity
• How many hours per week you spent performing these activities
• A brief description of each activity
- Your resume should also include your educational history.
• Please include any higher education colleges/universities you’ve attended and any degrees earned or currently pursuing (i.e. major/program of interest)

University of Utah Dream Center
Brianda De León
1901 E. South Campus Drive
Room 1120
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112

Supplemental Questions
  1. How did you hear about this scholarship opportunity?
  2. Please attach your resume when submitting your application. Refer to the description of this scholarship opportunity to see requirements for resume format.
  3. Please respond to this prompt with a 1-2 page essay: How has your background, personal story, and immigration status affected your educational pursuits? How do you demonstrate leadership in the immigrant community and how does it relate to your passions and academic program(s) of interest?
  4. Applicants may choose to provide additional information that may not be reflected in their provided materials. Additional information may include family or financial hardship, or GPA misrepresentation.