OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University awarded $105,700 in scholarships to 74 high school students from across the state at the 14th annual Multicultural Youth Conference held Jan. 4.
More than 400 students attended the annual conference, which is geared toward ethnically diverse high school juniors and seniors from across the state of Utah who are interested in learning about WSU’s support services, early college and concurrent enrollment programs, financial aid and scholarships. This year’s conference focused on the theme “Transforming Your Future – You Have What it Takes.”
“This event is a tremendous opportunity to open students’ eyes and encourage them to attend college,” said Multicultural Students Center counselor Michiko Nakashima-Lizarazo, who helped organize the conference. “Many of the students who attend each year are prospective, first-generation college students. Suddenly, they are empowered; they can envision themselves earning a degree in higher education.”
Students spent the day on the Ogden campus attending workshops that addressed a variety of issues and topics on how to succeed in college. Sessions included a hands-on leadership component, and business and health professions presentations that were added this year. That evening, students and their parents were invited to attend a banquet, where WSU scholarships were presented to qualified applicants.
This year’s conference marked the first time individual colleges awarded scholarships to conference attendees who declared majors in specific academic programs. WSU’s College of Arts & Humanities awarded three scholarships worth up to $10,000 each. WSU’s College of Applied Science & Technology, Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions, and John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics gave multi-year scholarships to nine prospective students.
General scholarships are awarded based on a variety of criteria, including students’ high school grade point average, community service work and extracurricular activities. College and department scholarships are awarded based on ACT scores, financial need and declared majors, in addition to the general scholarship criteria.
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