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Have you applied for a UMA Scholarship yet?

Friday, May 25, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Scholarship applications for the 2018 UMA Annual Conference are due June 1, which means it is not too late to apply! The application process is not rigorous, and the benefits of attending the conference far outweigh the difficulty of applying. In case you are not convince, here are a few Frequently  Asked Questions regarding conference scholarships:


What do scholarship recipients get?

Scholarship recipients receive full access to the UMA Annual Conference. This is your chance to learn from your peers, have meaningful conversations, enjoy inspiring museums, and become a larger part of Utah’s museum community. A key benefit of attending conferences is the renewed motivation and energy that comes from attending the various sessions and events offered. This year’s keynote and opening session prove to be engaging, meaningful, and practical for all attendees.


Scholarship recipients from farther away will also have a hotel room right on site, so they are able to be fully engaged in the conference throughout the week without having to worry about travel. The University Guesthouse is our conference hotel for this year, and they are nicely situated a stone’s throw from the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Red Butte Gardens, the Natural History Museum of Utah, and other excellent cultural sites!


How do I get a scholarship?

First, be a UMA member. You can purchase a membership here so that is all taken care of.


Second, prepare your supporting documents. You will need to include a copy of your resume and a brief letter stating why you want to attend the conference. You will also need a brief letter from your supervisor, boss, city councilmember, or other individual stating that your organization will support your attendance at the conference (meaning: they will let you attend if you get a scholarship), and how will benefit from attending.


Third, fill out the online application at and attach your supporting documents.


That’s it!


Is there anything else I should know?

Scholarships can be competitive, and preference will be given to first-time attendees. But that doesn’t mean you should not apply – there are a number of scholarships available!


A few scholarship recipients will be asked to author post-conference blog posts summarizing their experience. Receiving a scholarship does not mean you have to do this, but you may be asked. Feel free to ask a board member for more information about how that works if you have questions (or if you are really excited about writing a blog post!).


Scholarships to this UMA Annual Conference are generously supported by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums Office of Museum Services with funding from the State of Utah.

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