Bill Rishel Loan

Salt Lake City native Virginia Rishel established the Bill Rishel Memorial Loan in honor of her late father Bill Rishel. Bill Rishel was a pioneer in the development of the highway system in the Western United States. He was responsible for the concept of Salt Lake City as the "hub" of the Western highways and spent his life promoting transportation in the Intermountain West.

Requirements and Application Process

The Hinckley Institute of Politics will award this loan annually (up to $2,500 for undergraduate study, $5,000 for graduate study, and $5,000 for global interns at the University of Utah ) to outstanding students who meet the following criteria:

  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0; graduate GPA of 3.3.

  • Have an interest in a political or public service career

  • Fill out a Bill Rishel Loan application and the self-certification document.

  • Make an appointment with Molly Wheeler or call 801-581-8501 to receive a Hinckley Administrator signature on Bill Rishel Loan application and to sign promissory note.

  • Take signed application and promissory note to the Financial Aid and Scholarships office (which administers the loan) for a credit check and final approval.

  • Complete the Private Self Certification form and submit along with your application and promissory note.

  • Once approved, Financial Aid and Scholarships then deposits the funds into the student's account, no earlier than the first day of the term for which the loan has been approved. Processing of this loan can take between 1 to 2 weeks.

  • Interest is 5% fixed and interest does not accumulate until one year after graduation.

  • Loan repayment begins one year after graduation.

For additional questions contact the Hinckley Institute at 801-581-8501.

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