UVU Board of Trustees Engaged-Learning Award

Please be aware that all student applications are required to be written by the STUDENT in the student's own words and voice in order to be eligible for consideration.


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

The Board of Trustees Engaged-Learning Award (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.

Award Criteria:

  1. Minimum 3.0 GPA is required by all student participant(s) involved in the project.
  2. Applicant(s) must submit an engaged-learning project proposal with a 10 minute video and budget for up to $6,000.00 via the ZEngine application platform.
  3. A letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor involved in the engaged-learning project must be uploaded to the application.
  4. The award will be based on the quality of the engaged-learning project. Prior academic performance will be of secondary concern.


The top three projects selected by the SCAC Committee will have their 10 minute VIDEO presentation viewed at the Board of Trustees’ meeting scheduled for October 2021 and will be in attendance to answer any questions. The Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee will then select the project based on their evaluation scores of the projects with consideration of the trustees' input.

The grant award will be allocated from The Office of Engaged learning in accordance with university policy. 

A final or in-progress 7-minute video created by the awardees will be viewed by the trustees one year after the project award is given in the September Board Meeting.

Awardees agree to participating in the Legacy Program, sharing their stories and professional successes to inspire current and future students, upon acceptance of award.

Application Instructions

  1. Click the button to apply for BoTs funding. You will be transported to DocuSign, where you will complete your application.

Application Deadline:

September 30, 2022 by 5:00 PM

This is a firm deadline
Notification of awards will be sent via email


Deadline -Sept. 30, 2022
Notification of Finalists - 
Board of Trustee Presentation - October 2022
Award Notification -November 2022
Interim and/or Final Video report to Trustees - September 2022

Please Note: You will need to have a 10 minute video presentation of your project prepared when you submit your application so that it can be viewed by the review committee and if selected as a finalist sent to the Board of Trustees.

Budget Request: Requires signature of your college's financial manager, faculty mentor, department chair, and dean.

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:
    1. State conclusions, either final or anticipated
    2. Be well organized
    3. Length should fall between 250-300 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:

BOTS Rubric

  1. Project has clearly stated objectives and outcomes that can be readily evaluated at completion.
  2. Project includes a product that significantly contributes to the benefit of some "community" entity (is transformative for the community).
  3. Project is primarily a product of the individual student investment, and will be completed primarily by the student.
  4. This project is a transformative experience for the student.
  5. The abstract has the approval and full support of a faculty mentor, with the written endorsement of the department.
  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.