African-American Leadership Award


What you could receive :

This award is for African-American students who will be incoming freshmen at Utah State University in Fall 2016. The scholarship is for $900 towards tuition, Fall 2016. The scholarship recipient will be notified in May 2016.

Who can apply:
Available annually to graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership both in their high schools and in their communities and who show special talent and potential for continued leadership. Must be a U.S. citizen and a Utah resident.

How to apply:
Please submit the application cover sheet (download link is at the bottom of this page), a letter of interest, explaining your qualification, need, why you are interested in this scholarship, and your experience with leadership and community service within the African-American community, along with any other information you would like the scholarship committee to consider, a resume with a summary of academic recognition, GPA, ACT/SAT scores, leadership involvement, community service and any other information that you feel the scholarship committee may find of interest, and a current high school transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).

Applications must be received by 5:00 P.M. on April 18, 2016.

For more information, email or call 435-797-0299 or stop by Old Main, Room 339. Please submit all application materials to:

African-American Leadership Award
Mountain West Center for Regional Studies
Utah State University
0735 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-0735

Applications may also be dropped off in Room 338 or 339 in Old Main on the USU campus.

About the Donors

Paul A. and Sylvia M. Jones endowed this scholarship. Both attended Utah State University. Paul received his Bachelor's of Sciences degree in Communications from USU in 1986, and his M.S.S. degree in History in 1989. His Master's thesis was entitled, "The Origin of Black Protest in Contemporary America.” His Ph.D. is in Educational Administration from Colorado State University. He continues to be interested African-American history.

Sylvia grew up in Salt Lake City. She met Paul while attending USU, where she received her Bachelor's degree in Economics in 1986. She received her M.B.A. from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado.

They are the parents of two children.