Opportunity Scholars Program

The Opportunity Scholars program contributes to the educational experience of all students at the Eccles School by introducing students with diverse backgrounds and experiences into the academic setting.

The program provides retention resources such as tutors, mentors, internships, advising, career-services, service-learning projects, community outreach, networking opportunities, counseling, financial assistance, and anytime access to a program director.


  • Pre-Business or majoring in one of the following: Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information System, Management, Marketing or Operations Management.
  • GPA greater than 3.0 from current University courses, transfer courses or high school.
  • You are First Generation--your parents have not graduated from a four-year college/university. 
  • You have a financial need demonstrated through your eligibly for grants through fafsa.
  • You are often from a group or population that is under-represented in higher education.

Opportunity Scholars:

Chris Johnson


Sala Tuita

Semester Goals:
Set your academic goals and how you will accomplish them.  Goals Questionnaire.

Service and Outreach:

You are required to do one Service and Outreach assignment per semester.  We will continue to do our Service and Outreach at Glendale Middle School and we’ve added East High School as well.  You only need to go to one school, one time during the semester to fulfil this scholarship requirement. If you want to go more than once, that would be great!

• Tutoring and mentoring at Glendale Middle School will be scheduled through VolunteerSpot.  Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
     1) Click this link http://vols.pt/mKPKvv to see the Sign-up on VolunteerSpot.
     2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
     3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.
     Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Opportunity Scholars Application Process

Fill out the online Application for Consideration.

Opportunity Scholar Alumni

Bringing together the past and the present, the school has lost contact with many alumni of the Opportunity Scholars Program. Please register online to begin building connections with the alumni network of Opportunity Scholars and join us on Facebook.

Contributing to the Program

The Opportunity Scholars Program is funded entirely by donations from University of Utah alumni, businesses and foundations. In a short-time the program has had a significant impact in assisting its target student population to gain a college education.

Students in the program receive:

  • Tuition and book based scholarships.
  • Tutoring, mentoring, and academic advisement.
  • Preparation for interviews, internships, service learning, and networking opportunities.

Currently, 105 students are involved in the Opportunity Scholars Program. The dynamic demographics of the program include students from the following backgrounds: Anglo, African-American, Asian, Eastern European, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern, Native-American, Pacific Islander, and Africa.

The Program is faced with a delicate balancing act of supporting students currently in the program and recruiting new students for the program without knowing whether future funding will be available. Our goal is to pre-fund current students through graduation and secure additional funding to boost recruiting efforts.

For more information on contributing to the program contact Katie Amundsen 801-585-5416.