UWPIAA Legacy Scholarship

The Up with People International Alumni Association (UWPIAA) Legacy Scholarship was established to encourage legacy relatives of UWPIAA alumni to participate in Up with People (UWP), a global education organization which aims to bring the world together through service and music. Legacy scholarships are funded exclusively by the UWPIAA.

Awards Offered

The number of awards offered ($500 minimum) is determined each year by the Legacy Scholarship Committee. In the event that no qualified relative applies for the scholarship for a given semester, funds will be returned to the UWPIAA general operating fund OR funds will remain in the Legacy Scholarship account for future applicants.

Eligibility & Selection

  • Applicants must be a relative (child, step-child, grandchild, step-grandchild, sibling, step-sibling, half-sibling, cousin, niece, or nephew) of an UWP alumnus/a – defined as an individual who completed cast member staging or served as a staff member of Up with People, WorldSmart, Sing Out, or PACE magazine.
  • Scholarship applicants must have applied for admission to Up with People and been accepted as a first-semester participant.
  • Applicants must submit the following to be considered for the scholarship award:
    • Online Application
    • Authorization to Release Information
    • Release to use photo/quotes for promotional purposes
  • UWPIAA Scholarship committee members represent many eras and regions across the globe and will determine recipients based on submissions, and possible financial need. If a committee member is related to an applicant, the committee member will be excluded from the selection process for that applicant.

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated leadership potential as presented in the applicant’s personal statement/application.
  • Community Service/Extra-curricular activities
  • Financial need may be requested from UWP Admissions if multiple awards are under review in a given semester.
  • Applicants will be notified by email as soon as an award is granted.

Deadlines for Application

Legacy Scholarship applications are available for Cast A and B programs and should be requested at least 60 days prior to staging. (November 1 for January programs, and May 1 for July programs.)

 

Blanton and Betty Belk Founders Scholarship

In honor of J. Blanton & Betty Belk, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Up with People and his wife, the UWPIAA will award a $3,000 scholarship each semester to an outstanding and deserving participant. The scholarship is a renewable scholarship and past recipients are encouraged to apply for the second semester.

Blanton Belk’s vision and ideals have impacted more than 22,000 alumni and millions of people around the globe. Recipients of this award, as selected by the Scholarship Committee of the UWPIAA, must show how they have made a significant contribution to humankind by carrying forward the ideals of Up with People through leadership and volunteerism. Examples of an applicants’ contribution to the betterment of the world or community in which they live include: service to others through community projects, and/or response to emergencies or human relief; making an ongoing compassionate contribution; volunteering a substantial amount of time to help those in need; inspiring, teaching, or challenging others through his/her passion, leadership and vision; and/or overcoming great personal barriers or tragedy to continue as a model of courage and involvement. The award recipient(s) shall use this award to help them build a foundation to become future leaders of their communities throughout the world. It is the hope of Blanton & Betty that the recipient(s) will lead by reaching out to others not like themselves.

Awards Offered

  • $3,000 award for qualified applicants attending their 1st student semester.  This scholarship is renewable and 2nd semester students are encouraged to apply.

The number of awards will be determined by the Scholarship Committee. Preference will be given to previous recipients assuming they continue to meet the selection criteria.

In the event that no candidates apply and/or qualify for this scholarship in a given semester, funds will be returned to the UWPIAA general operating fund OR funds will remain in the Founders Scholarship account for future applicants.

Eligibility & Selection

  • Scholarship applicants must have applied for admission to Up with People and been accepted as a 1st semester student.
  • Applicants must submit the following to be considered for the scholarship award:
    • Online Application
    • Authorization to Release Information
    • Release to use photo/quotes for promotional purposes
  • UWPIAA Scholarship committee members represent many eras and regions across the globe and will determine recipients based on submissions, and possible financial need. If a committee member is related to an applicant, the committee member will be excluded from the selection process for that applicant.

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated leadership potential as presented in the applicant’s personal statement/application.
  • Community Service/Extra-curricular activities
  • Applicants will be notified by email as soon as an award is granted.

Deadlines for Application

The Blanton and Betty Belk Founders Scholarship applications are available for Cast A and B programs and should be requested at least 60 days prior to staging. (November 1 for January programs, and May 1 for July programs.)

For more information or questions about the UWPIAA Scholarship Program, please send a message to the scholarship committee using our contact form.

To begin the application process, click here.

Additional scholarship opportunities may be available through Up with People.