Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Most scholarships request a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial aid in college/grad school.

For questions in regard to scholarships, financial aid, or FAFSA, contact Anthony Shirley.

Tricia Sugiyama

Director, CESA
Union 235


Utah Opportunity Scholarship

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 and fees
  • 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 a Utah high school
  • 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)

Chicana/o Scholarship Fund

Application for this scholarship is now closed.

In 1973, in honor of the ideals and principles of equal opportunity and social justice in education, a group of Chicanx/Latinx comprised of members from the community and University of Utah students, staff, and faculty initiated the Chicano Scholarship Fund at the University of Utah. Committed to all students of diversity who promote the cultural pride and tradition of the Chicanx/Latinx community, the Chicano Scholarship Fund recognizes and assists students in their undergraduate and/or graduate education endeavors.

The Chicano Scholarship Fund awards graduating high school seniors (who will be entering their freshman year), undergraduate students, and graduate students at the University of Utah. Eligible students are selected on the basis of family background, life challenges, scholastic effort and involvement in community activities that promote cultural pride and strengthen the Chicanx/Latinx community. Financial need may strongly influence the final selection:

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be:

  • Admitted to the University of Utah as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student, and resident of the state of Utah.
  • Eligible to receive federal financial aid OR a Dreamer (with or without DACA) who graduated from a high school in Utah.

LGBT Resource Center Scholarships

Application for this scholarship is now closed.

The LGBT Resource Center awards multiple scholarships to students (undergraduate or graduate) every Spring semester. These awards recognize students who are committed to supporting LGBTQIA+ communities and who have demonstrated academic, leadership, professional, and/or personal accomplishments. Amount of awards are typically $2,000-$3,500.

To be eligible for our scholarships a student must meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be currently enrolled University of Utah student (undergraduate or graduate) OR an incoming student who has completed at least one semester at another university or college.
  • Must have and maintain cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above. 
  • Financial need will be considered in selection process. Awardees will be required to complete a FAFSA process to have scholarship awarded. Applicants with questions or concerns about this may contact our office. 
  • Awardees will be required to complete HB 144 affidavit to have scholarship awarded. Our scholarships are available to undocumented/DACA students who have graduated from a Utah high school as well as international students. Applicants with questions or concerns about this may contact our office. 
  • Past LGBT RC scholarship awardees are welcome to reapply. Priority will be given to first-time applicants.

Visit for details on the LGBT Resource Center’s U Alumni Community Care Scholarship and U Alumni Trans Futures Scholarship (deadline for both: February 28).

Pastor France A. Davis Scholarship

Application for this scholarship is now closed.

Pastor France A. Davis, a native of Georgia has resided in Utah since 1972.  He has served as the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church for over forty years.  In addition to meeting the spiritual needs of his congregants, Pastor Davis is a model of exemplary community service, bridge building and committed mentorship.  Pastor Davis has said that “education is the gateway to success and we must enhance opportunities for all of our youth to excel.”

The Pastor France A. Davis Scholarship Fund seeks to identify students committed to making a significant contribution to their communities; who demonstrate leadership potential, and who are prepared to excel academically.  Most important, it seeks to reduce the financial barriers for a) African American students, b) students who have one or more parents of African descent, c) students who have a demonstrated interest and involvement in issues specifically pertaining to the African American community.  The Pastor France A. Davis Scholarship Fund seeks to increase the representation of these students at colleges and universities in Utah.

Scholarship awards will be based on the following:

  • Recipient must be a resident of Utah and eligible to attend or be enrolled at a higher education institution in Utah.
  • Applicant must have a cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.5 at the time of application of the scholarship. Recipients are expected to maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative average for each semester the scholarship is awarded.
  • The recipient must enroll in and successfully complete a minimum of 15 credit hours fall and spring semesters respectively.
  • Applicant must provide an autobiography (not to exceed four typed double spaced pages) that include the following:
    1. Information regarding your academic and professional goals.
    2. Description of the influences i.e. family members, religious leaders, educators, community leaders etc…that have motivated you academically and assisted in the development of the values you deem important in your life.
    3. How will your educational and career goals contribute to the advancement of the African American community?
    4. A list of your past and current community activities.

Applicant must provide three letters of recommendation from: educators, employers, counselors, business professionals, or community leaders who can provide information on your academic abilities, character and potential to contribute to humankind.

Other Scholarships

Dream Center

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The Dream Center provides scholarship support and resources for current and future University of Utah undocumented students (with or without DACA).


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To apply to the Chicano Scholarship Fund, the Utah Opportunity Scholarship and other scholarships at the University of Utah, students need to access the AcademicWorks scholarship system. The system allows for students to search for our scholarships and other scholarships. Student can search scholarships by scholarship name, Utah Opportunity Scholarship, Chicano Scholarship Fund and others. Students can also utilize keywords when searching for scholarships, housing, diversity and/or minority. Students can also search by ethnicity, race, gender, major and/or interests. Pay attention to all descriptions and criteria. Be prepared to submit supporting documents, official transcripts, essay, letter of recommendation(s) and/or resume.

LGBTQ Scholarships

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The LGBT Resource Center has a collection of various local and national scholarships for students who identify as part of the LGBTQ community.

Union Scholarships

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The mission of Union Scholarships is to promote and recognize students’ commitment to creating an inclusive campus community. 40+ scholarships will be given out this year.