The University of Utah recognizes that a racially/ethnically diverse student body benefits and enriches the educational experiences of all students, faculty, and staff. Thus, we strive to recruit students who will further enrich this diversity, and make every attempt to support their academic and personal success while they are here. In support of this goal, the Utah Opportunity Scholarship (UOS) will be offered to entering freshmen that reside in the Greater Salt Lake City area. Eligible applicants are first-generation college students and/or those with demonstrated financial need. Whenever possible, scholars will be selected from applicants whose ethnic background is under-represented in higher education in Utah. Other attributes we seek are students that have community service or community leadership. Selected applicants must also be accepted to the University of Utah.

The Utah Opportunity Scholarship award includes the following benefits:

  • $8000.00 per year for 8 semesters towards tuition, fees and books
  • Student support through academic advising and student programming
This Scholarship is renewable for up to eight semesters. To renew this award, students must qualify annually by maintaining satisfactory academic achievement and make acceptable progress toward a Bachelor’s degree and abide by the University of Utah, Student Code of Conduct. Students must also continue to qualify for Financial Aid (FAFSA) each year.

To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be:

  • Graduating from High School in 2018.
  • Admitted to the University of Utah.
  • Eligible for Utah residency status for the academic year for which they are applying.
  • Eligible to receive federal financial aid (FAFSA).
NOTE: State law prevents the University from awarding this scholarship to undocumented students.

To be considered for this award, please apply for admittance to the University of Utah at, and complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form prior to submitting this application. For more FAFSA information, please contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships office at (801)581-6211, or online at

The selection committee for the Utah Opportunity Scholarship will begin reviewing applications during the first week of March. To ensure that you are considered for this scholarship, please submit all application materials on February 9, 2018 @ 5:00pm. Please see application for mailing instructions.

All applicants will be notified approximately the fourth week of April. Notification letters will be sent to the “Current Home Address” indicated on the attached application.

Please return the following materials to:
Center for Ethnic Student Affairs
ATTN: Feleti Matagi, Utah Opportunity Scholarship
University of Utah
Central Campus Drive Room #235
Salt Lake City, UT 84112.