The College of Social and Behavioral Science provides merit-based and need-based scholarships for exceptional students, thanks to the generosity of many individuals and families. As noted below, consideration is only given for those who have declared their major in the college, not pre-majors.
Scholarships are primarily in the form of tuition reduction, and typically range from $1,000 - $5,000. Often the amount of a scholarship depends largely on the competitiveness of the pool of the applicants and the amount of available funding.
Scholarship Application Overview
Undergraduate students must complete their FAFSA, University Scholarship Application, and College of Social and Behavioral Science Scholarship Application. When you complete these, you will be considered for all applicable scholarships offered within your major and throughout the College of Social and Behavioral Science.
There are five scholarships offered that require individual applications. These include:
- The Solutions Scholars
- Dowdle Scholarship
- Oakley J. Gordon Memorial Endowed Scholarship
- Siegfried G. & Ellen G. Karsten Scholarship
- The Kenneth P. & Penny B. Jameson Scholarship.
To view the criteria for these scholarships, visit the undergraduate database below. If you meet the criteria for them, visit Scholarship Application Website to apply.
DATES TO REMEMBER
University General Online Application Available
Undergraduate Scholarship Online Application Portals Open
Solutions Scholars Applications Due
Undergraduate Scholarship Online Application Portal Closes
Undergraduate Scholarship Offers Issued
Acceptance Materials Due
10 Steps to a Successful Application
IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ ALL 10 STEPS CAREFULLY BEFORE COMPLETING YOUR APPLICATION.
Completely explore this webpage, its active links and sorting features. Also, be sure to regularly check your UMail for important updates.
Note: You may forward your Umail to another email address:
- Go to cis.utah.edu
- Log in with your uNID and Password
- Locate the “My UMail” box and click on “UMail Settings”
- Go the “Forwarding” section
- Enter the email address to forward your Umail to and click on “Forward Umail”
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You must be declared in one of the following majors to be eligible to apply for scholarships offered by the college:
- Environmental & Sustainability Studies
- Family and Community & Human Development
- Geographic Information Sciences
- Health, Society and Policy
- International Affairs & Global Enterprise
- Political Science
- Public Administration
- Public Policy
Haven't declared your major yet? Meet with your advisor!
We have a number of scholarships by our donors that are need-based. To be eligible for need-based scholarships, make sure to submit a FAFSA application. FAFSA applications become available every year on October 1. Use the button below to fill out your application.
Dreamers (with or without DACA) interested in need-based donor scholarships can complete a paper FAFSA application. Once completed, submit it to the University Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid in the Student Services Building, Room 105. For questions about a paper FAFSA application contact the University's Scholarship Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-581-6211.
All of the scholarship opportunities offered through the College of Social and Behavioral
Science are accessed through department scholarship applications.
To access the scholarship application within your major, you must first complete the University's Scholarship Application through the online application portal.
Once you complete the online University’s General Scholarship Application you can access scholarships offered throughout the college and university. You can find the college application by clicking on the Scholarship Application Website button and searching for application based on your specific major. For example, if you are majored in Political Science, you will search for the Political Science Scholarship Application.
Please note that you will be required to sign in to your profile on Scholarship Application Website before you are able to access any of the scholarship applications. You can come in and out of your application by selecting the “save and keep editing” button at the bottom of the application. You can edit your scholarship application until the application closes at 11:59 PM on March 1, 2020.
Note: The database lists the scholarships you will be applying for in Academic Works. There are 5 scholarships listed that require individual applications.
A personal statement or essay is not an autobiography. Instead you may be asked to describe:
- Why you’ve chosen your area of study
- Your academic achievements or awards
- Professional interests
- Demonstrated community service and leadership opportunities
- Your motivation and capacity to succeed or unusual or extraordinary circumstances regarding your situation which you feel should be known in considering your application and
- Why you feel you are a viable candidate
The University Writing Center can be a great resource.
You may be asked to upload your degree dashboard (Formerly DARS) or an unofficial transcript with grades depending on your major. If you have been at the University of Utah for less than two semesters, you’ll be asked to submit a transcript from other schools attended.
All of our scholarship applications are required to have two letters of reference. At least one MUST be an academic reference, a current or former professor/teacher. The other can be an employer, volunteer supervisor, but not a friend or family member.
TWO VERY IMPORTANT NOTES:
- Your reference must agree to write a letter BEFORE you put their contact information into your application because the very moment their contact information is input, an auto notification will be sent to them. If your reference did not agree to write a reference letter for you, they have every right to reject the system’s request!
- Once your reference has agreed to write a letter for you, it is up to YOU to check your application to make sure the letter was submitted. You cannot see the letter but will be able to tell if it was received.
If you have any questions about your application or scholarship opportunities in the college, etc., please submit them to email@example.com or utilize the online chat feature when it is open.
- Have both of my letters of reference been submitted?
- Have I checked spelling, grammar, and punctuation throughout my application?
- Have I attached all of the required documents?
BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION
UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP DATABASE
The undergraduate scholarship database lists all scholarships offered. To apply for these scholarships follow the instructions above.