Union Scholarship for Student Veteran Leadership

Provided by: Veterans Support Center & Union Administration Office
Value: $7,000
Number of awards: 2
Application deadline: February 10, 2018 by 5 p.m. (MST)

The mission of The Union Scholarship for Student Veteran Leadership is: To promote student veteran leadership within the campus community. The Veterans Support Center (VSC) and the University Union promote leadership by cultivating social, cultural, co-curricular and service opportunities. Recognizing that student veterans possess leadership skills from their military experience, the VSC and Union encourage student veterans to further develop these skills within the campus community.

The Union Scholarship Fund for Student Veteran Leadership provides one (2) scholarship one award of $5,000 and a second award of $2,000 to assist two student veterans in accomplishing their academic goals. The purpose is to identify and recognize a student veteran whose involvement has or will contribute to the overall mission of the VSC & the Union. This includes students who are, or will be associated with different leadership opportunities within the VSC or Union. These opportunities can include, but are not limited to, involvement with an office or event(s) in the VSC, Union, or veteran-focused organization, activity, or initiative.

The Union Scholarship for Student Veteran Leadership committee defines leadership as the ability to communicate and embody a vision so that others commit to fulfilling the mission and goals of the University of Utah, the Veterans Support Center, and the University Union. Leaders demonstrate self-knowledge, role modeling, integrity, decision making ability, conflict resolution skills, and vision (adapted from the Association of College Unions International). Leadership is not always defined by holding a formal position.

• The student must be a “student veteran” as defined by the Veterans Support Center.*
• The student veteran must be a current full-time student in good standing with the University of Utah and will be attending full-time during Fall Semester 2018.
• The student veteran must have earned a minimum of 30 credit hours at the University of Utah by the end of Spring Semester 2018.
• The student veteran must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the University of Utah.
• The student veteran must have never been convicted of a felony or dishonorably discharged from the military.
• The student veteran must have demonstrated their leadership contributions to the nation, community and/or the University of Utah in a significant manner or have a specific plan and commitment to do so.
• While the student veteran must demonstrate significant merit, financial need will also be considered.
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.)

Application must be received no later than 5:00 PM on February 10, 2018. (MST)

The recipient of this scholarship is expected to attend the annual Union Scholarship Celebration event during the evening of April 5, 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 an application.

Your resume should include your military experience. Please include the following details:
• Dates of each assignment
• Duties and responsibilities during each assignment
• Significant accomplishments during each assignment
• Additional duties, volunteerism and/or accomplishments

Your resume should also include any extracurricular activities, school involvement, and/or volunteerism which demonstrate education, community, or leadership 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
• Significant accomplishments

Your resume should also include your educational history to include any higher education colleges/universities you’ve attended and any degrees earned or currently pursuing

Teresa Pond
University of Utah University Union
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Room 255
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 585-3983

    A collective term for any student who has served or is serving in any capacity of the U.S. Armed Forces, regardless of location or duration, and has not been dishonorably discharged.

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. Military Service
    • Please any awards and decorations you have received during or after your military service
    • Please indicate your branch of service and the associated dates of service for that branch. If you have served in multiple branches, or have various periods of service please indicate that below.
    • Rank at discharge
    • Type of discharge
  4. An essay about how the leadership skills you learned in the military are being used in the University or Veteran community.
  5. An essay describing your future intent to grow as a leader and contribute to the culture and community of the University of Utah
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