Legacy Scholars Participants on Trip

Legacy Program

Legacy is a scholarship program for students who are first-generation and are either low-income and/ or traditionally underrepresented. Legacy values the talents, strengths, and experiences that first-generation student bring to our campus. In Legacy, you will gain the hands-on support of faculty and staff mentors. You will enroll in annual fall seminars, and participate in ongoing civic and social events. Scholars in our program create a strong community of peers that support and encourage each other in achieving their academic goals. As an added bonus, you will receive a book scholarship each fall and spring semester for up to $500. We welcome you to join this growing community.

The Legacy Program has two distinct initiatives that support first-generation students at Westminster College:

  • Legacy Scholars is a 4-year program for first-year college students.
  • Legacy STEPS is a 2-year program for transfer college students.

Legacy Scholar Program Benefits

  • Up to $500 each semester to spend on books for your classes
  • Six academic credits that count toward graduation
  • One-on-one mentoring from professors who care about your success both in college and in life
  • Help preparing for graduate school or a career after graduation
  • Support from a network of friends who you'll meet before classes begin
  • A week-long, all-expense-paid summer Bridge program

Legacy Summer Bridge Program

The summer bridge is a week-long program where you’ll learn how to navigate college and practice strategies for academic success. You’ll get to know your future classmates and learn the value of having a group of friends to turn to for support. This all happens while you’re camping, hiking, and river rafting in southern Utah.

Program Requirements

  • Be a first-generation college student (neither of your parents received a bachelor's degree from an institution in the United States).
  • Identify with one of the following traditionally underrepresented populations.
    • Student who is African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, Chicanx, Asian American, Native American, or Pacific Islander
    • Student with disabilities
    • Student who identifies with a marginalized gender identity, gender expression, or sexuality
    • Student who is low-income (household income at or below $63,000/year)
  • Attend the Legacy Summer Bridge program August 8–15, 2019.

How To Apply

  • Be admitted to Westminster. If you have questions about your admissions status at Westminster College, contact the Admissions Office at 801.832.2200.
  • Complete the Legacy Scholars application below.
  • Include contact information for someone who has agreed to write a letter of recommendation for you. The letter should speak to your personal and academic strengths.

The application opens April 14, 2019. The Legacy Scholar application committee will begin reviewing applications June 15. The application will remain open until July 15, 2019 or until spots are filled.

Legacy Scholars Program Application

The application opens April 14, 2019 for the 2019–20 school year.

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Strategies for Transfer, Excellence, Preparation, and Success

Legacy STEPS is the scholarly cohort program designed to help first-generation and traditionally underrepresented students enhance their experience at Westminster College. The STEPS program also helps students explore post-graduation opportunities after transferring from Salt Lake Community College.

Students participating in Legacy STEPS receive social, cultural, financial, and academic support; have faculty mentors; and meet regularly with their cohort throughout the academic year. The cohort serves as a peer support network where each student can encourage persistence and success among one another. Participants in Legacy STEPS also have the opportunity to achieve academic success by developing leadership skills and cultivating community in a supportive environment.

Benefits of Being a Legacy STEPS Student

  • Up to $500 each semester to spend on books for your classes
  • Eligibility for scholarships to help with tuition
  • Two academic credits that count toward graduation
  • Mentoring and advising from staff, professors, or community leaders who care about your success in college and in life
  • Support with academic discussions, writing, and research skills
  • Help preparing for graduate school or a career after graduation
  • Support from a social network you'll meet before classes start
  • Social and community events throughout the school year
  • A free summer bridge orientation to Westminster with meals included
  • Access to outdoor education and leadership events

Legacy STEPS Summer Bridge Program

The Legacy STEPS summer bridge program is a week-long program where you learn strategies for academic success at Westminster College. You’ll get to know your future classmates and learn the value of having a group of friends to turn to for support.

Apply to Legacy STEPS

There are 10 spots available in the Legacy STEPS program for the 2019–20 school year. To be eligible for the program, you must be a first-generation college student (neither of your parents received a bachelor's degree from an institution in the United States). Additionally, you must be a traditionally underrepresented student (African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, Chicanx, Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander), a student with a disability, and/or a low-income student (with a household income at or below $63,000/year). You must be able to attend the Legacy STEPS Summer Bridge program August 8–15, 2019.

The application opens April 14, 2019.

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Legacy Scholars by the Numbers

3.74
Average GPA
in 2017
93%
Retention
rate in 2017
100%
Participated in
service projects
25%
of Legacy
in the Honors
college
25%
participate in
research at
Westminster
Three Legacy Scholars on Trip
Four Students on Rafts