UVU Board of Trustees Engaged Learning Award

The Utah Valley University Board of Trustees have 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 and budget for up to $6,000.00.
  3. A letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor involved in the engaged learning project must accompany 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 project participant(s) selected by the SCAC Committee will make a brief presentation at the Board of Trustee’s meeting scheduled for June 2019. 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. 

At the October UVU Broad of Trustees meeting succeeding the Project award, each participant(s) must make a presentation regarding the progress and outcomes of their engaged learning project. Participant(s) must give a final or in-progress report to the Trustees one year after the Project award is given.

Application Instructions

  1. Click the button to apply for BoTs funding. You will be transported to OrgSync, where you will create a membership login.
  2. Click on "Sign up" and complete membership
  3. Logon to OrgSync with username and password.
  4. In the upper right corner by your name click the "My Membership" link to add "Office of Engaged Learning" page to your memberships and click the "Join Now" button.
  5. Click on "Forms."
  6. Select "UVU Board of Trustee's Award" to complete application form.

Application Deadline:

March 29, 2019 by 5:00 PM

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

Timeline:

Deadline - March 29, 2019
Notification of Finalists - First week of May 2019
Board of Trustee Presentation - June 20, 2019
Award Notification -July 2019
Interim Report to Trustee's - TBD
Final Report to Trustee's - June, 2020

Please Note: You 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.

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. Sate 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.