Transition to Adult Living Scholarship: The Olene S. Walker Transition to Adult Living (TAL) Scholarship is designed to assist qualified youth who are transitioning out of Utah state foster care or the unaccompanied refugee minor program to complete a post secondary education program (degree or certificate) at a Utah System of Higher Education institution. Private donors in partnership with my529, Utah's official 529 educational savings plan, sponsor the TAL Scholarship.
Selection: Applicants will be selected based on their strong desire to complete a post‐secondary program of study, potential for academic success, and financial need.
Scholarship Amount: The maximum yearly TAL Scholarship award is $5,000 for full‐time enrollment (12 or more credit hours), $3,750 for three‐quarters time enrollment (9–11 hours), and $2,500 for part‐time enrollment (6–8 hours). The TAL Scholarship may be renewed depending on satisfactory academic progress, meeting scholarship requirements, and availability of funds. Students must re‐apply each year to renew the TAL Scholarship.
Use of Funds: TAL Scholarship funds must be used for tuition and fees, as well as course-related expenses, such as fees, books, supplies, and equipment that are required for your classes.
2. No student seeking double majors or double bachelor’s degrees will receive TAL Scholarship funding without prior approval from the scholarship sponsor. Students seeking double majors must submit a one‐time, written request to the scholarship administrator indicating why a double major is an essential part of their education plan. Students requesting the scholarship for a double bachelor’s degree must submit a one‐time, written request making a case as to why earning a double bachelor’s degree is of critical importance in achieving the scholar’s education objectives. Requests must be submitted at least a semester in advance of starting such a program.
3. Students should not enroll in online classes without prior approval from the TAL Scholarship administrator.
2. Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident as well as a Utah resident.
3. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form (available at www.fafsa.ed.gov) and qualify for a Pell Grant. The scholarship committee may review the circumstances of applicants who do not qualify for a Pell Grant and waive the requirement in specific instances.
4. Complete and submit this TAL Scholarship reapplication form.
2. Maintain a 2.0 GPA (up to 59 credit hours) and a 2.5 GPA (60 credit hours or more) thereafter until graduation.
3. Complete 70 percent of credit hours. The TAL Scholarship can be discontinued at any time if the student fails to make academic progress.
4. Commit 5 hours or more per week to extra‐curricular activities, such as college/university employment, service in a student leadership organization, or some other activity approved by the student’s mentor.
5. Meet with an assigned mentor a minimum of once a month to review progress. TAL Scholarship funds will be disbursed to the student monthly after meeting with the mentor.
6. Complete monthly progress reports with each professor, and then submit those reports to the mentor during the monthly meeting.