The mayor called it a “legacy opportunity” in the city’s work to expand education opportunities and an “unprecedented” collaboration with the U.’s business school and the Semnani Family Foundation.
“Together we share the belief that a strong educational foundation puts all of our kids on a pathway to success in life,” the mayor said. “Education is the vehicle of dreams. It lifts us up. Provides hope. It changes futures. This is especially true for our kids who come from communities where rates of poverty is high, academic achievement is low, and going to college is the exception.”
The scholarship is open to incoming and currently enrolled University of Utah students, with priority given to students who have participated in Salt Lake City’s YouthCity or the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Promising Youth Project or Explorers Program.
To be eligible, students must be enrolled full time at the University of Utah, be a first-generation college student, be a Salt Lake City resident, demonstrate financial need through eligibility for financial aid grants, and have an incoming GPA of 3.0 or higher. Scholarships may also be available to the students who live in the 84116, 84104 or 84114 ZIP codes.