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Solutions Scholars

What is the Solutions Scholars?

This program admits a cohort of approximately 20 students each fall. These scholars are committed to addressing key challenges facing our world like immigration, inequities facing women, climate change, poverty, human rights, the obesity crisis and more. Course instruction together with experiential learning, research and internship experiences help develop the skills needed to be the solution to the most pressing issues of our day.

Each Solutions Scholar is supported with a $4,000 scholarship disbursed over two years.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Freshmen (30+ credit hours by summer 2018) who have declared a major in the College of Social and Behavioral Science (CSBS)
  • Sophomores (60+ credit hours by summer 2018) who have declared a major in CSBS
  • Admitted transfer students with 30+ credit hours who will be entering the University of Utah in fall 2018 with a declared major in CSBS

Whether a freshman, sophomore or transfer student, all must have met the following requirements. 

  • Successful completion of Math 1030 (or higher) and Writing 2010 by the end of spring 2018.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (freshman minimum high school GPA 3.5)

How to Apply

Gather the following materials and then click the button below

  • Write two short essays answering, "What does being a Solutions Scholar mean to you?" (300 words max) and "Why should you be selected to become a Solutions Scholar?" (100 words max)
  • The name and email address of one of your instructors who has agreed to serve as a reference for your application. (Freshmen may ask a high school instructor to serve as a reference if you don’t know a university instructor well enough to ask.)
  • Information about declared your major(s), minor(s), and emphases
  • An unofficial transcript

Please direct questions regarding the program or application process to

The application period for 2018-2019 has ended. Check back in January 2019 for next year's deadline.

Application Timeline

January 2018

  • Attend an information session
  • Start working on your application

February 2018

  • Complete your application by February 15

March 2018

  • 2018-2019 Solutions Scholars announced March 1


What does the Solutions Scholars program look like for accepted students?

Throughout the two year program, you will be expected to 

  • maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • remain consecutively enrolled either full- or part-time (except for summer semesters)
  • have a declared major in the College of Social and Behavioral Science

MARCH 2018

  • Meet with Solutions Scholars advisor to map out your fall semester courses prior to registration

August 2018

  • Attend orientation for Solutions Scholar students prior to the beginning of fall 2018 classes

Fall Semester 2018

  • Enroll in the Solutions Scholars core course, which in fall 2018 will be ENVST 3960-002 Special Topics focused on food justice
  • Enroll in the SBS Careers course or your departmental careers course (if you haven’t already completed one of the careers courses) 
  • Meet with Solutions Scholars advisor prior to registering for spring 2019 classes in early November

Spring Semester 2019

  • Enroll in research methods or statistics course (unless both are already completed) that will help build research skills
  • Enroll in .5 credit hour “research smorgasbord” course where you learn about research opportunities for your second year in the program
  • Meet with Solutions Scholars advisor prior to registering for fall 2019 classes
  • Attend a UROP application workshop and apply for UROP funding for summer and/or fall 2019

Fall Semester 2019

  • Enroll in research experience course that deepens your knowledge of a particular issue and possible solutions
  • Enroll in .5 credit hour “internship smorgasbord” course where you learn about internship opportunities
  • Meet with internship coordinator to line up internship course
  • Meet with Solutions Scholar advisor prior to registering for spring 2020 courses

Spring Semester 2020

  • Enroll in your chosen internship course
  • Continue to work on research with your faculty mentor
  • Present your research findings at CSBS Research Day
  • Attend the CSBS Convocation for special recognition the year that you graduate 
Last Updated: 3/16/18