Legacy Scholars Participants on Trip

Legacy Program

Your success as a first-generation college student is important to Westminster College. The valuable and unique talents, strengths, and story that you bring to Westminster have an important place in the campus community. Everyone's path to college is unique, but that does not mean that you are alone in your experiences. As you prepare yourself for who you want to be and what you want to accomplish after Westminster, you will receive hands-on support and devotion from faculty and staff mentors as well as your peers. There is no challenge or accomplishment that you have to face or celebrate on your own.

Low-income and/or traditionally underrepresented first-generation students can apply to receive mentor support and other program benefits through one of 2 initiatives:

Legacy Scholar Program Benefits

  • Up to $500 each semester to spend on books for your classes
  • Six academic credits that count toward graduation
  • One-on-one mentoring from professors who care about your success both in college and in life
  • Help preparing for graduate school or a career after graduation
  • Support from a network of friends who you'll meet before classes begin
  • A week-long, all-expense-paid summer Bridge program

Program Requirements

  • Be a first-generation college student (neither of your parents received a bachelor's degree from an institution in the United States).
  • Identify with one of the following traditionally underrepresented populations.
    • Student who is African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, Chicanx, Asian American, Native American, or Pacific Islander
    • Student with disabilities
    • Student who identifies with a marginalized gender identity, gender expression, or sexuality
    • Student who is low-income (household income at or below $63,000/year)
  • Attend the Legacy Summer Bridge program August 6–13, 2020.

How To Apply

  • Be admitted to Westminster. If you have questions about your admissions status at Westminster College, contact the Admissions Office at 801.832.2200.
  • Complete the Legacy Scholars application below.
  • Include contact information for someone who has agreed to write a letter of recommendation for you. The letter should speak to your personal and academic strengths.

The application opens on April 14, 2020, for the 2020–21 school year, and will remain open until June 14, 2020, or until spots are filled. The Legacy Scholar application committee will begin reviewing applications on June 15.


Strategies for Transfer, Excellence, Preparation, and Success

Legacy STEPS is the scholarly cohort program designed to help first-generation and traditionally underrepresented students enhance their experience at Westminster College. The STEPS program also helps students explore post-graduation opportunities after transferring from Salt Lake Community College.

Students participating in Legacy STEPS receive social, cultural, financial, and academic support; have faculty mentors; and meet regularly with their cohort throughout the academic year. The cohort serves as a peer support network where each student can encourage persistence and success among one another. Participants in Legacy STEPS also have the opportunity to achieve academic success by developing leadership skills and cultivating community in a supportive environment.

Benefits of Being a Legacy STEPS Student

  • Up to $500 each semester to spend on books for your classes
  • Eligibility for scholarships to help with tuition
  • Two academic credits that count toward graduation
  • Mentoring and advising from staff, professors, or community leaders who care about your success in college and in life
  • Support with academic discussions, writing, and research skills
  • Help preparing for graduate school or a career after graduation
  • Support from a social network you'll meet before classes start
  • Social and community events throughout the school year
  • A free summer bridge orientation to Westminster with meals included
  • Access to outdoor education and leadership events

Legacy STEPS Summer Bridge Program

The Legacy STEPS summer bridge program is a week-long program where you learn strategies for academic success at Westminster College. You’ll get to know your future classmates and learn the value of having a group of friends to turn to for support.

Apply to Legacy STEPS

There are 10 spots available in the Legacy STEPS program for the 2020–21 school year. To be eligible for the program, you must be a first-generation college student (neither of your parents received a bachelor's degree from an institution in the United States). Additionally, you must be a traditionally underrepresented student (African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, Chicanx, Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander), a student with a disability, and/or a low-income student (with a household income at or below $63,000/year). You must be able to attend the Legacy STEPS Summer Bridge program August 6–13, 2020.

The application opens April 14, 2020.


Legacy Mentor Program

Regardless of which initiative you are a part of, you will receive guidance from mentors who will help you navigate any challenges and opportunities you face, providing knowledge and experience that is critical to your success as a student.

Meet The Mentors

A Supportive Community

Through annual fall seminar courses and ongoing civic and social events, you will create a strong community of peers that supports and encourages each other to achieve their goals. You aren’t just participating in a program—you are building a network that will support you no matter what you face. While you may be the first in your family to go to college, you are not alone at Westminster.

Student Success


The average GPA for Legacy students in 2017


of Legacy students participated in service projects during the 2018–19 school year


of Legacy students continued at Westminster in 2017


of Legacy students participate in undergraduate research at Westminster


of Legacy students participate in the Honors College

Student Accomplishments

All of your personal and academic goals are within reach. With the support of your mentors and peers, you will thrive both in and out of the classroom during your time at Westminster College. Some of the amazing things Legacy students have accomplished include:

  • Research engagement and publishing
  • Participating in national academic conferences
  • Speaking in front of the UN
  • Speaking at the Utah Capital on Multicultural Day
  • Receiving the Gilman Scholarship
  • Studying abroad in South Korea
  • Participated in the McNair Scholars Program
  • Presenting Research at Harvard University

Hear from Legacy Scholars

Students walking together on campus

Summer Bridge Program

To build your connection with your legacy program peers and prepare yourself for academic success at Westminster, you will engage in a week-long orientation program. As you build relationships with your soon-to-be classmates, you will see the value of having a network of friends that you can turn to for support and bond with over your shared experiences.

Mock classes, meetings with advisors and financial aid staff members, and identity-development and trust-building exercises will help you prepare to succeed. You will also have the opportunity to meet the faculty and staff members who will be instrumental in your success at Westminster, acting as your champions and mentors.

In addition to on-campus meetings and activities, 3 days of the program will consist of an overnight trip to Southern Utah where you'll raft, hike, and camp with your peers. At Westminster, adventure and exploration are important both within and beyond the classroom walls.

Three Legacy Scholars on Trip
Four Students on Rafts

Support After Graduation

After you receive your diploma, faculty and staff support will remain unwavering. Students continue to receive assistance as you head off to further your education at graduate school or launch a career in your field. No matter your post-undergraduate educational and professional goals, anything is possible.

Legacy scholars in front of bus during the Summer Bridge Program

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Support the Legacy Program

Generous donors helped launch the Legacy Program in 2016 to provide academic and social support for first-generation Westminster students. Today, the college hopes to endow Legacy to ensure that first-generation students thrive at Westminster for years to come. Give in support of the Legacy Program.

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