UVU Board of Trustees Engaged Learning Scholarship

The Utah Valley University Board of Trustees have expressed a desire to make personal contributions toward an annual scholarship to be awarded based on a student’s engaged learning project and activities.

The Board of Trustees Engaged Learning Scholarship (BoTS) should be based on the merits of a student’s engaged learning project.  While the student should have a track record of good academic performance, this does not necessarily mean the student will have a top tier GPA.  The merits of a student’s engaged learning project will be weighted heavily and will take priority over academic GPA.

Application deadline: January 15 each year

Award Criteria:

  1. Minimum 3.0 GPA is required.
  2. Applicant must submit a project proposal and budget for the engaged learning project.
  3. A letter of recommendation from the faculty mentor/advisor involved in the engaged learning project must accompany the student’s application. 
  4. Award will be based on the applicant’s involvement in engaged learning project. A compelling engaged learning project will appraise higher than the applicant’s academic performance.

The top three candidates selected by the Committee will make a brief presentation at the Board of Trustee’s meeting scheduled for February of each year. The Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee will then select the award recipient based on evaluation scores and their presentation to the Trustee's.

The scholarship award will be processed by the Financial Air Scholarship Office and the recipient will be invited to attend the annual Trustees' Awards of Excellence Banquet.

At the completion of the recipient's engaged learning project, they will be required to make a presentation to the Board of Trustees regarding the project, its outcome and their experience.

Application Instructions

1.  Click here to apply for BoTS funding. You will be transported to OrgSync, where you will create a membership login.

2.  Click on "Signup" and complete membership.

3.  Logon to OrgSync with username and password.

4.  Locate Office of Engaged Learning page and click on "Join Now."

5.  Click on "Forms."

6.  Select "UVU Board of Trustee's Scholarship" to complete application form.

Application Deadline: 

January 15, 2017 by 5:00 pm

This is a firm deadline.

Notification of awards will be sent via email

PLEASE NOTEYou will need to secure signatures in order to complete the application.  We will not accept hard copy of signatures in our office.  Please plan ahead.  Securing signatures from your faculty mentor, department chair, dean and financial manager may take several days.

Signature Page:  Requires signatures of your faculty mentor, department chair, and dean.

Budget Request form:  Requires signature of your college's financial manager and faculty mentor.

Tips on preparing your proposal:

Proposals should:

  1. Include your name, UVID number, email address, and your faculty mentor's information.
  2. Provide a short statement of career goals and challenges you face completing your education.
  3. State, in clear terms, the central question and the purpose of the research.
  4. Provide a brief discussion of the research methodology
    a. State conclusions, either final or anticipated
    b. Be well organized
    c. Length should fall between 250-400 words.

All abstracts will undergo a careful review by the Scholarly & Creative Activities Council.

Review and funding of undergraduate scholarly projects take into account the following criteria:

1. Project has clearly stated objectives and outcomes that can be readily evaluated at completion.

2. Project includes a product that significantly contributes to scholarship or creative work within its discipline, with a strong component of scientific investigation and/or technology development. Higher priority will be given to projects subject to some aspect of professional peer review extending beyond the confines of the UVU campus.

3. Proposal is well written and organized, offering background and context to show how the project fits into the overall discipline, and how it contributes to that discipline in a meaningful and novel way.

4. Project requires rigorous effort at the advanced undergraduate level, and is reasonable in scope and time requirements given the funding requested and the projected time period.

5. Project has the approval and full support of a faculty advisor, with the endorsement of the department and college.

6. Special consideration will be given to students that have had to overcome significant challenges to complete their education.

You may wish to download and view the PDF of a blank application form to familiarize yourself with the required information before you begin the application process.