Maria Isabel Reyes Memorial Scholarship

APPLICATION FOR

MARÍA ISABEL REYES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

YEAR 2019-2020

SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS

Provided by: The A. Ray Olpin University Union

Value: $2,500

Number of awards: 1

Application deadline: Friday, February 8th, 2019 by 5 pm (MST)

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

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

The Union acknowledges and recognizes transfer students within our campus community for their dedication and commitment to creating an inclusive environment. The María Isabel Reyes Memorial Scholarship provides one (1) scholarship of $2,500 to assist a transfer student in accomplishing their academic goals. The purpose of this scholarship is to identify and recognize a transfer student whose commitment to creating an inclusive campus community has, or will, contribute to the culture, values, and overall mission of the Union. This includes transfer 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 María 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 transfer student to mean any student who has previously attended a regionally accredited college or university after successfully graduating from high school or obtaining their GED.

ELIGIBILITY

  • This scholarship is available to transfer students currently enrolled at the University of Utah.
  • Candidates must take a minimum of 12 undergraduate credits, or if you are a graduate student, you must have full-time status according to your respective graduate program
  • 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 4th 2019. The celebration promotes the scholarship on a community level and will be the time when recipients are publicly recognized and awarded.

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
02/09/2019
Supplemental Questions
  1. How did you hear about this scholarship opportunity?
  2. Please attach your resume when submitting your application.
  3. Please write an essay which concisely covers all of the following:

    • Shares your own story of what it means for you to be a transfer student at the U.
    • Describes your educational and career goals, your familial and personal background, and the reason why you believe you are qualified for this scholarship.
  4. Please write another essay which concisely covers all of the following:

    • Describes your future or current intent to contribute to an inclusive campus community at the U in your role as a transfer student.
    • Describes your current or future intent to contribute to the culture, values, and mission of the Union and/or campus community in your role as a transfer student. (Please be specific in your current or past roles)
  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.