American Indian Resource Center & Union Student Leader Scholarship

Provided by: American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) & A. Ray Olpin University Union
Value: $2,500
Number of awards: 1
Application deadline: February 9th, 2018 by 5 p.m. (MST)

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 Union Scholarship Fund provides one (1) scholarship of $2,500 to assist students 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, the Salt Lake City area, or your own indigenous community.

-This scholarship is available to American Indian students currently enrolled at the University of Utah.
-Candidates must take a minimum of 12 undergraduate or 6 graduate credits at the University of Utah for the 2018 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 2.5 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 5th 2018. The celebration promotes the scholarship on a community level and will be the time when recipients are publicly recognized and awarded.

Please attach your resume when submitting application.
- Your resume should include experiences or activities demonstrating your commitment to creating an inclusive campus community. 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 are currently pursuing

Teresa Pond, M. Ed.
Assistant Director of Program Coordination
University of Utah University Union
200 S. Central Campus Dr.
Room 255
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Supplemental Questions
  1. How did you hear about this scholarship opportunity?
  2. How do you incorporate your cultural heritage here at the University of Utah?
  3. How do you currently, or plan to engage in fostering an inclusive campus community?
  4. Please attach your resume when submitting your application. Refer to the description of this scholarship opportunity to see requirements for resume format.
  5. 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.