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Scholarships for HB144, DACA & non-FAFSA eligible students

Categorized by the month applications are due. Please consult the links to the scholarship websites for exact deadlines.

Please note: The links provided on this web page are not under the direct or indirect control of Salt Lake Community College, and are provided as a convenience to you. By clicking on any such hyperlink, you will be leaving the SLCC website.

January

ACLU of Utah Youth Activist Scholarship

Requirements: Be a current Utah high school senior planning on entering an accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking student. Have 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.

February

Jameson Family Scholarship

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.

Que Llueva Café Scholarship

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.

April

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

Open to high school seniors, undergraduates 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.
Questions/Comments: Please contact Educate Utah at questions@educate-utah.org.

Honors Graduation Scholarship

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 the Honor Graduation Scholarships website. 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.

Annual Signet Classic Student Scholarship Essay Contest

Open to high school juniors and seniors attending high schools in the U.S. Student applicants must read the assigned book and write a 2-3 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.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Scholarship Program

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.

The Fountainhead Essay Contest

Open to high school juniors and seniors. Students must read Ayn Rand's "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.

May

The Support Creativity Scholarship (For the Aspiring Creative)

The Support Creativity Scholarship is for (but not limited to) passionate designers, animators, editors, photographers, artists, illustrators, and painters, who wish to develop their skills at higher education institutions in the New York Tri-state area.

June

Bruin Becas Scholarship (PDF)

Bruin Becas provides financial support for undocumented students who are enrolled in a credit-hour program through Salt Lake Community College. This need-based scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate resiliency and innovation in their pursuit of a higher education degree.

Requirements: Be an undocumented student pursuing a higher education degree. Be a continuing Salt Lake Community College student, or a new student who has taken concurrent enrollment courses in high school. Have a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher. Agree to a scholarship contract (see PDF for details). If paying in-state tuition, applicant must enroll in at least 6 or more credit hours; if paying non-resident tuition, applicant must enroll in at least 3 or more credit hours.

Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants

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.

PFLAG Salt Lake City Undergraduate Scholarship

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). You must: 1) Self-identify as a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or an ally; 2) Demonstrate an interest in service to the LGBT community; 3) Have applied to an accredited U.S. higher education institution.

July

“From Failure to Promise” Essay Contest

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 double-spaced essay using a standard font of at least 12 points (please type on computer or typewriter and do not staple submissions). Please visit website for application and essay questions.

AES Engineering Services

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.

November

U-DREAM Scholarship

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.
Questions/Comments: Please contact "Educate Utah" at questions@educate-utah.org.

December

Americanism Essay Contest

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).

Soroptimist International of Salt Lake

Open to female high school sophomores, juniors and seniors (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 must 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.

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