Helping Hand Scholarship Application
Supported by Friends of Irene Fisher and the University of Utah Office of Alumni Relations
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 on our campus and in our community. This scholarship is an effort to eliminate barriers to participation in community engagement. Additional scholarship support is provided by the University of Utah Office of Alumni Relations.
Please note that scholarships may range from $50-$500 and limited funding is available. Because our resources are limited and we aim to ensure support is given where it is most impactful, we ask that any student completing the application do so with integrity—with authenticity to their self and their experiences—and with respect for the other students applying for scholarships. Applicants are encouraged to take their time to provide honest responses to each of the questions below. Please also note that funding for project/program implementation will not be approved.
Recipients are selected who
- Have a demonstrated commitment to community engagement or
- Have an interest in pursuing community engagement that is limited by financial barriers
- Preference will be given to students who have a need related to fulfilling academic expenses and/or those currently involved with the Bennion Center.
**Preference: in the event of insufficient funding to meet all requests, preference will be given as noted above.
Recipients will receive
- A scholarship of up to $500 per semester to support the recipient in their community
- Applicants should plan to reapply each semester.
- Fall: Sunday, August 23, 2020(11:59pm)
- Spring: Sunday, January 3, 2021 (11:59pm)
- Summer: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 (11:59 pm)
For more information or if you need accommodations to complete the application, contact:
BobbiJo Kanter, 801.585.9103
Please note that all applications will be reviewed anonymously—names, uNIDs, and contact information will not be shared with the review committee. The Bennion Center's Associate Director and Administrative Assistant will see and use this information to create and award scholarships. Student names and UNIDs may also be shared with the Alumni Association as part of this scholarship partnership.
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.