Scholarships

Opportunities for HB 144, DACA & Non-FAFSA Eligible Students

The following scholarships are available to students who qualify for HB144, DACA, and who are non-FAFSA eligible. Please note the scholarships are categorized here by due date.


JANUARY

ACLU of Utah Youth Activist Scholarship
Deadline: January 12, 2015 
Requirements: Be a current Utah high school senior planning on entering an accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking student. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (If the GPA is less than 3.0, the applicant is still eligible but must submit an explanation for the lower GPA). Have proof of strong commitment to civil liberties through some form of activism addressing such issues as equality, racial justice, free speech, religious freedom, tolerance, and privacy.
Scholarship Link: http://www.acluutah.org/resources/itemlist/category/68-youth-activist-scholarship


FEBRUARY

Jameson Family Scholarship
Deadline: February 2014
Requirements: To be eligible student must have been admitted to the University of Utah as an HB144 student and have completed at least one year at the University of Utah. We are looking for motivated students who have been involved in leadership and/or community activities, have a good academic record, have financial need, and are enrolled as full-time students at the time the award is used. Preference will be given to Latina/o students.
Scholarship Link:

Que Llueva Café Scholarship
Deadline: February 28, 2015
Requirements: Be a current high school senior planning to enroll for the first time in an accredited college or university in the United States. Scholarship evaluates three key areas of evaluation: (1) Your personal story, which takes into account financial need and other compelling challenges the applicant has had to endure; (2) extra-curricular involvement, which includes anything you do outside of class like community involvement, work, and clubs; and (3) Your academic promise, which is not limited to GPA or test scores but, more importantly, looks at your academic potential for the future.
Scholarship Link: http://www.ca-core.org/que_llueva_cafe_scholarship_program


MARCH

Honors Graduation Scholarship
Deadline: March 15, 2014
Requirements: Applicants must be graduating high school seniors already accepted to a college or university, or currently enrolled full- or part-time at an accredited college or university in the U.S. with a year or more remaining in their education. Additionally, students must have met all of the requirements described on this web page below. Employees of HonorsGradU and their families are not eligible to participate. Submissions must be received before the deadline of April 1 in order to qualify for the scholarship program.
Scholarship Link:http://honorsgradu.com/Scholarship/

Univision Scholarship
Deadline: March 30, 2015
Requirements: Open to high school graduating seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate students. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA (high school and undergraduate). The goal of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to promising low-income students. The scholarship also seeks to support students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership or service that benefits the Latina/o community.
Scholarship Link:https://www.scholarshipaid.net/app/univision/


APRIL

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
Deadline: April 1, 2015 (Applications available January)
Requirements: Open to high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students. The first and most important qualification for a Davis-Putter Scholarship is active participation in struggles for civil rights, economic justice, international solidarity or other progressive issues. The scholarship committee also evaluates the applicant's financial need and ability to perform academically at the college level.
Scholarship Link:http://www.davisputter.org/apply/apply-for-scholarships/

Annual Signet Classic Student Scholarship Essay Contest
Deadline: April 14, 2015 
Requirements: Open to high school juniors and seniors attending high schools in the U.S. Student applicants must read the assigned book and write a two-three page double-spaced essay (please type on computer or typewriter and do not staple submissions). Please visit website for book title and six essay topics to choose from.
Scholarship Link:http://www.us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/services-academic/essayhome.html

Americanism Essay Contest
Deadline: April 15, 2015
Requirements: Open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Write an essay not to exceed 350 words on "The Bill of Rights and Me." $5000, $2500, $1500, $1000. (Submit to: James D. Towery 2653 N 950 E North Ogden, UT 84414-2464).
Scholarship Link:http://www.fra.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=10057

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Scholarship Program
Deadline: April 16, 2015 
Requirements: Be a full-time enrolled student in an accredited community college, four-year university, or graduate/professional program during the period for which scholarship is requested. Individuals seeking scholarship consideration under the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival" (DACA) policy must possess an Employment Authorization Document (I-766) at the time of application. There is no GPA or academic major requirement. Students with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply.
Scholarship Link:http://www.chci.org/scholarships/

The Fountainhead Essay Contest
Deadline: April 26, 2015 
Requirements: Open to high school juniors and seniors. Students must read Ayn Rand The Fountainhead (Student Edition) and write a 800-1,600 word double-spaced essay (please type on computer or typewriter and do not staple submissions). Please visit website for three essay topics to choose from.
Scholarship Link:http://essaycontest.aynrandnovels.com/TheFountainhead.aspx?theme=blue

PFLAG Salt Lake City Undergraduate Scholarship
Deadline: April 30, 2015
Requirements: Open to graduating Utah high school seniors entering higher education for the first time, this calendar year (if you graduated in the past year and took a time off you are still eligible to apply). Self-identify as a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or an ally Demonstrate an interest in service to the LGBT community. Have applied to an accredited U.S. higher education institution
Scholarship Link:http://community.pflag.org/scholarship


MAY

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Foundation
Deadline: May 1, 2015 (Applications available January)
Requirements: Open to Latino/a high school graduating seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate students who demonstrate both significant motivation and aptitude for a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Eligibility requirements differ for each scholarship; however, scholarships require a minimum High School and Undergraduate 2.75 GPA (Graduate 3.00 GPA Dissertation 3.50 GPA) both at the time of application and throughout the scholarship period, and students must be registered full time (12 hrs undergraduate / 9 hrs graduate) in a science, technology, engineering, or math discipline.
Scholarship Link:http://www.shpefoundation.org/scholarships/

NEW! Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Diversity Multicultural Scholarship
Deadline: May 22, 2015
Requirements: You must be registered as a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited four-year college or university. Membership in the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is preferred, but is not a requirement. A major or minor in public relations is also preferred. A student who attends a school that does not offer a public relations degree or program must be enrolled in a communications degree program (e.g., journalism or mass communications). You must be of African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native American, Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander ancestry. You must have attained, by Fall 2015, at least junior status and have at most one full term remaining. You also must have earned and maintained a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 point scale in all courses.
Scholarship Link:http://prssa.prsa.org/scholarships_competitions/individual/diversity/


JUNE

The Halucinated Scholarship (For the Aspiring Creative)
Deadline: June 1, 2015 
Requirements: "Money should never be the reason why you do not get an education. Although I may not be the wealthiest designer in the world (yet), I still believe in giving back to my community, especially those with a passion and that are in financial need. This is why I am giving away two $1,000 scholarships for aspiring creatives!"
Scholarship Link:http://halucinated.com/scholarship/

Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants
Deadline: June 15, 2015 
Requirements: Open to high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post-secondary institution. Abbott & Fenner are committed to continuing our efforts at helping those who have the desire and ambition to succeed. The winner(s) of this annual scholarship will receive their award within 2 weeks of the listed deadline. All applicants should include their full name and mailing address with their submissions.
Scholarship Link:http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm


JULY

"From Failure to Promise" Essay Contest
Deadline: July 31, 2015 
Requirements: Open to graduating Utah high school seniors and current college students. Students must read From Failure to Promise: An Uncommon Path to Professoriate and write a 1000+ word essay double-spaced essay using standard font 12 point font (please type on computer or typewriter and do not staple submissions). Please visit website for application and essay questions.
Scholarship Links: http://www.fromfailuretopromise.com/Essay-Scholarship-Contest-.html


OCTOBER

The SOMOS Liberation Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: October 2014
Requirements: Open to Utah high school, college or university, or vocational school students in the state of Utah or that have been recently admitted to an institution of learning in Utah. The award is in recognition of academic and vocational achievement, demonstrated leadership in school, community or other service activities and financial need. The Utah Hispanic Business Leadership Foundation (SOMOS) is a non-profit organization established to develop leaders and improve education and opportunities for Hispanic/Latino students and professionals.
Scholarship Links:http://somosfoundationutah.org/scholarships.html

AES Engineering Services
Deadline: October 7, 2015 
Requirements: Open to high school, college or university, or vocational school students. Scholarships are intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post-secondary educational facility. You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.
Scholarship Link:http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm


NOVEMBER

U-DREAM Scholarship
Deadline: November 2014
Requirements: Open to Utah high school graduating seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate students. The goal of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to promising low-income students, with preference given to immigrant students who are currently undocumented. The scholarship also seeks to support students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership or service that benefits the immigrant population.
Scholarship Link: http://www.educationopps.org/Educational_Opportunities_for_Utahs_Children/Welcome.html


DECEMBER

Soroptimist International of Salt Lake
Deadline: December 1, 2014 
Requirements: Open to high school sophomores, juniors and senior women (14-17 years of age). Eligible applicants are young women who have demonstrated initiative in both identifying a problem and trying to solve it, and who have had significant and noteworthy accomplishments as volunteers. Applicants need to write an essay up to 750 words in which they indicate where they volunteer and why. Additionally, applicants must describe the goals of the organization where they volunteer and its impact on the problem(s) it addresses.
Scholarship Link: http://www.sislc.org/#!violet-richardson-award/c1kl9