Maria Isabel Reyes Memorial Scholarship

UNION SCHOLARSHIP FUND MISSION STATEMENT
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.

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

The Union Scholarship Fund provides one (1) scholarship of $2,500 to assist a first-generation student in accomplishing their academic goals. The purpose is to identify and recognize a student 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 Maria 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 community to mean the University of Utah, the Salt Lake City area, or your own neighborhood. For the purpose of this scholarship, a first generation student is defined as a student whose parents or guardians have not completed a bachelor’s degree.

ELIGIBILITY
- This scholarship is available to first-generation 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 have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 from the University of Utah or prior institution.
- Candidates’ financial need will be assessed.
- 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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The recipients of the scholarship are expected to attend the annual Union Scholarship Celebration event during the evening of Thursday, April 5th 2018. The celebration promotes the scholarship on a community level and will be the time when recipients are publicly recognized and awarded.

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS
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

SCHOLARSHIP CONTACT
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
tpond@union.utah.edu
(801)585-3983

Award
$2,500.00
Deadline
02/10/2018
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. What does it mean to be a first generation student who is, or plans to engage in creating an inclusive campus community?
  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.