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Helping Hand Scholarship Application

An effort to help students participate in community engagement


The “Helping Hand Scholarship Fund” was created in honor of Irene Fisher, founding director of the Bennion Center, and her legacy. Its purpose is to provide a “helping hand” to students in need of financial support as they fulfill their civic engagement commitments and leadership development on our campus and in our community.

Recipients are selected who

  • Have demonstrated commitment to the Bennion Center and its mission and a minimum of three months experience as a leader/volunteer in one or more of our seven programming areas.
      • Communication Team
      • Community Outreach Team
      • Bennion Center Scholars
      • Service House Residents
      • Site Supervisors, Utah Reads
      • Site Leaders, Alternative Breaks
      • Student Board Members
      • Student Directed Programs (Program Directors and Issue Area Coordinators)
  • Commit to at least one academic semester in a leadership position through a Bennion Center programming area.
      • Preference will be given to those students already selected/serving in a leadership position
  • Preference/Priority will be given to students who have a need related to fulfilling academic expenses

Recipients will receive

  • A scholarship of up to $500 per semester to support the recipient in their civic engagement and leadership endeavors.
      • Applicants should plan to reapply each semester.
  • Opportunities to share their experiences with diverse audiences.

Application Deadline

  • Fall: Sunday, August 11, 2019 (11:59pm)
  • Spring: Sunday, December 8, 2019 (11:59pm)


For more information, contact:
BobbiJo Kanter
Associate Director
Bennion Center

Contact Information
*Indicates a required field.
  1. (e.g. xxx-xxx-xxxx)

Application Information
  1. *Student Status
  2. *Bennion Center Experience
    (Check all that apply.)
  3. File Uploads:File size limit: 2MB. Allowed file name extensions: 'doc', 'docx', 'pdf', 'rft', or 'txt')
  4. Resume: Make sure to include your service and leadership involvement in the Bennion Center. Include community service and civic engagement experience. Please indicate if you will be a matriculated student for the current academic year.

  5. Essay: Highlight your specific Bennion Center experiences and tell us how you plan to be civically engaged this year. Please explain your financial needs, special circumstances, how this scholarship would benefit you and how you plan to use it. Please limit your essay to one page in length.

  6. Personal interviews: BobbiJo Kanter, Associate Director of the Bennion Center, may choose to request an interview with the applicant.

Privately Funded Scholarships, Fellowships, or Other Financial Aid
  1. Certain privately funded scholarships are exempted from the general state law that requires certification of U.S. citizen or lawfully present non-citizen status. If a student graduated from a high school within the state of Utah and is applying for only privately funded awards that are administered by the University of Utah, no certification is required.
  2. *Please indicate your high school graduation status
If You Marked “I Did not graduate from a Utah High School” please indicate that you accept terms of this application.
  1. Any student who did not graduate from a Utah high school and who receives a scholarship, fellowship, or other privately-funded financial aid administered by the University of Utah is required by state law to certify that they are eligible to receive the scholarship as a U.S. citizen or a citizen of another country who is lawfully present in the U.S. The student’s status will also be verified with the Department of Homeland Security. If students do not know whether they are in the U.S. lawfully, they should seek the advice of an immigration attorney before accepting a scholarship award that requires certification and verification.
  2. *Student Citizenship Status

The University of Utah is fully committed to policies of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity, and vigorously pursues affirmative action in all programs, activities, and employment with regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, and status as a person with a disability. Religion, sexual orientation, and status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era also are protected under nondiscrimination and equal opportunity employment policies. The University seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities.

Last Updated: 3/15/21