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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, 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 2023) who have declared a major in the College of Social and Behavioral Science (CSBS)
  • Sophomores (60+ credit hours by summer 2023) who have declared a major in CSBS
  • Admitted transfer students with 30+ credit hours who will be entering the University of Utah in fall 2023 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 equivalent) by the end of spring 2023
  • Successful completion of Writing 2010(or equivalent) by the end of spring 2023
  • 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:
      - Tell us why you would make a good fit for the Solutions Scholars program (300 words or less)
      - Please address one of the key challenges that faces our social and natural world that interests you and    how it relates to your declared major. (500 words or less)
    • 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
    • Application Deadline April 14, 2023

Please direct questions regarding the program or application process to

Information Session

Solutions Scholars Information Session 2023


The Timeline

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 full time(12 or more credits) on main campus in fall and spring semesters (summer optional)
  • have a declared major in the College of Social and Behavioral Science

MARCH 2023

  • Meet with Solutions Scholars advisor to map out your fall 2023 semester courses prior to registration

August 2023

  • Attend orientation for Solutions Scholar students prior to the beginning of fall 2023 classes

Fall 2023

  • Enroll in the Solutions Scholars required core course (topics vary by year)
  • 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 2024

Spring 2024

  • Enroll in major statistics or research methods course (unless both are already completed)
  • Enroll in .5 credit hour "research exploration" course where you learn about research opportunities for your second year in the program
  • Meet with Solutions Scholars advisor prior to registering for fall 2024
  • Attend a UROP application workshop and apply for UROP funding for summer 2024 and/or fall 2024

Fall 2024

  • Enroll in research experience course that deepens your knowledge of a particular issue and possible solutions
  • Enroll in .5 credit hour “internship exploration” 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 2025 courses

Spring 2025

  • Enroll in your chosen internship course
  • Continue to work on research with your faculty mentor
  • Present your research findings at CSBS Research Day 2025
  • Attend the CSBS Convocation for special recognition the year that you graduate 
Last Updated: 3/13/23