Local Internship Scholarship

Students who participate in the Hinckley Local Internship program are eligible to apply for the Local Internship Scholarship. This fund provides students with scholarships ranging from $500-$1,000 during the semester in which they complete their internship. The scholarship funding is limited and thus all students who apply are NOT guaranteed to receive the award. Financial need is considered when awarding the scholarships.

IMPORTANT:  Interns who have already graduated from the University of Utah are NOT eligible for scholarship funding. We accordingly recommend students interested in interning after their last semester to defer graduation for one semester so that they can qualify for scholarship funding. 


  • Must be a degree-seeking student at the University of Utah

  • Student must participate in a local internship and be registered for HNKLY credit

  • Must be a U.S. citizen, lawfully present in the U.S., or have graduated from a Utah high school.

  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA


December 1, 2019

*Scholarship funds will be released two weeks after the start of the semester.

Additional Funding

Federal Student Aid

Apply for federal student aid by completing a FAFSA form. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Bill Rishel Loan

The Hinckley Institute also offers a low-interest loan program for matriculated students at the University of Utah.

University Scholarships

Search for additional funding through the U’s scholarship database and access thousands of dollars in additional student aid.

Hinckley Scholarships

Learn more about academic scholarships offered annually through the Hinckley Institute to students of all majors and academic levels.

Scholarship Funds and Donors

The Local Internship Scholarship is supported by a number of scholarship funds honoring prominent members of the community. Various individuals, families and organizations donate to these funds annually.

Dan Jones Future Leaders Scholarship

The Dan E. Jones Future Leaders Scholarship honors the public service and wisdom of former university professor Dr. Dan E. Jones. The scholarship will be awarded to local interns who are committed to public service and demonstrate outstanding academic accomplishment and leadership potential.

2019 Recipients: Ben Haggard, Karma Fry, Yvette Hastings, MaryJo Dalton

Governor Simon Bamberger Scholarship

Simon Bamberger, Utah’s fourth governor, was a German-born immigrant who served from 1916-1920. The Bamberger Scholarship was established to reward interns serving in state government. The scholarship will be awarded to interns who embody Bamberger’s passion for political research and public service.

2019 Recipients: Anna Kaufman, Kendall Smith-Williams

Todd Taylor Local Intern Scholarship

Todd Taylor served as the executive director of the Utah Democratic party for more than 20 years. The Todd Taylor Local Internship Scholarship was established at the University of Utah to reward highly dedicated interns who embody Todd Taylor’s work ethic, dedication and passion for politics.

2019 Recipients: David Christensen, Kelly Longmore, Sheamarie Turner, Sierra Marty, Alison Myers, Sarah Brinton

Pete Suazo Local Intern Scholarship

Pete Suazo served as a member of the Utah House of Representatives from 1992 to 1996, and as a Utah State Senator from 1996 to his death in 2001. The scholarship honors the legacy of Senator Suazo and awards students who demonstrate a commitment to culture and community service.

2019 Recipients: Alia Amer, Christian Moreria, Camille Morgenstern, Sophia Afonso, Samira Gholami, Elizabeth Izampuye