American Indian Resource Center & Union Student Leader Scholarship

Application for



Year 2019-2020


Scholarship Details

Provided by: American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) & 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.



The AIRC Union Student Leader 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 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 personal community.



  • This scholarship is available to American Indian 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 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.


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

(801) 585-3983

Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you affiliated with a culturally recognized American Indian Tribe?
  2. How did you hear about this scholarship opportunity?
  3. Please attach your resume when submitting your application.
  4. Please write an essay which concisely covers all of the following:

    • Shares how your cultural heritage has been meaningful during your education.
    • Describes your educational and career goals
  5. Please write another essay which concisely covers all of the following:

    • Describes how you currently or plan to engage in fostering an inclusive campus community.
    • Explains how this scholarship would help you pursue your educational goals.
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