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The Bennion Center strives to involve students in voluntary service and civic participation. Our unique strength is to engage student leaders in leadership and service opportunities. The list below describes each opportunity, its requirements and benefits.


*Only open to current Bennion Center student leaders*

Students may apply for this scholarship  to supplement costs related to their education. This endowment fund was created in honor of Irene Fisher’s legacy,  as the founding director, to encourage leadership development. For more information, please contact BobbiJo Kanter (801-585-9103). Application deadlines: 

  • Fall 2020: Sunday, August 23, 2020 (11:59 pm)
  • Spring 2021: Sunday, January 3, 2021 (11:59 pm)

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*Only open to Service House Residents and may only be used for housing costs*

The Telitha E. Lindquist Community Service Scholarship offers service-focused awards for University of Utah students who have exhibited commitment to community service. This need- and merit-based scholarship will be for students selected to be service house residents, with preference given to students involved in the Bennion Center. This scholarship can only be used for service house residential living expenses. If you are interested in living in the service house and applying for a Lindquist scholarship, please contact Bryce Williams, 801-581-8436.

Nationally, over 800,000 AmeriCorps members have helped meet the nation’s critical needs in public safety, education, human needs, and the environment since 1994. The Bennion Center offers an educational award in partnership with the national AmeriCorps program. Students may receive approximately $1,200 in exchange for 300 hours of community service documented within twelve months. The education award may be used to repay certain student loans, pay existing tuition cost, pay for expenses for continuing education after graduation, or saved for up to seven years! If you are interested in joining the AmeriCorps program through the Bennion Center, contact Asma Hassan, an AmeriCorps Campus Coordinator, via email or phone (801-585-9101) to start the conversation about what service you are doing and how it might work with an AmeriCorps term.


Student Stipend Opportunities

Housing and Residential Education at the University of Utah offers many Resident Advisor (RA) positions throughout all of student housing. The Bennion Center Service House on Officers Circle is afforded one RA position. Housing and meal plan costs for the academic year are covered by Housing and Residential Education. The RA is directly accountable to housing for many of their responsibilities. The Bennion Center works with housing to have the RA meet programming needs for the house residents. For more information about how to apply to be the Resident Advisor through Housing and Residential Education for the Bennion Center Service House, please contact Bryce Williams, 801-581-8436.

Community Engaged Learning Liaisons (CELL) are trained by the Bennion Center and selected by individual faculty who are teaching a CEL designated class. The CELL serves as the liaison between the faculty, community partners and students to facilitate the reciprocal relationship between class and community. Service-learning scholars who serve as CELLs may receive a stipend, volunteer hours credit in the scholars program up to 50 hours, or a combination of hours and dollars - whichever they prefer. For more information about how to apply to be a Community Engaged Learning Liaison, CELL, please contact Dean McGovern, 801-585-7826.

*Tutors must qualify for federal work study funding.*

This program is available for University of Utah students that qualify for Federal Work Study funding through financial aid. This is not a stipend position, but an employment opportunity for students who are interested in earning their funds by working in the community. Students who qualify are eligible to work up to 20 hours a week starting at $11.00 an hour as a tutor at one of nine education sites. For more information about Utah Reads, please contact Asma Hassan, 801-581-9101.

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 The Alumni Association-Bennion Center Fellowship offers students who have demonstrated substantial service leadership a six- to eight-week, full-time community service placement with a non-profit organization outside of northern Utah. Fellows are expected to find housing and reside in the chosen community for the summer months. Alumni Bennion Fellows will focus on Alternative Break sites or potential sites to improve alumni connection and site program development during their fellowship. Fellows are awarded $4,000 from the Bennion Center and the Alumni Association to fund this experience and, upon successful completion of the 6-8 week service placement, the Alumni Association provides an additional $2,000 scholarship for returning matriculated students for the Fall Semester. Applications are due March 30, 2018 and fellows are selected in early April. For more information, please contact Justin Swanger, Alternative Breaks Coordinator, 801-587-9027, or attend an information session.





All info sessions for the 2019 Fellowship have passed. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the opportunity, please contact Justin to arrange an individual meeting.

Alumni Bennion Fellowship Application Packet

 The Professional Development Fund for Students was created to give students the opportunity to participate in workshops, conferences or other activities and deepen understanding of their work.  Students may complete an application, accepted on a rolling basis, to be reviewed by the Executive Director and Administrative Assistant.

Students are encouraged to apply for programming and training that is related to their work at the Bennion Center.  Students who are invited to present at the activity for which they are applying for funding will be given precedence.  We expect that students who are awarded funding to participate in an activity of their choice will share the experience and learning points with students and staff.


Last Updated: 3/23/21