The Paul & Kristina Cardall Scholarship

Salt Lake Community College

Paul Cardall was granted a full-ride leadership scholarship to Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) while serving as the Student Body Historian at Olympus High School in 1991. During his time at SLCC, he actively participated in various roles, including the student activities committee, freshman leadership activity, Student Body Public Relations VP, and assistant to the VP of college recruitment, ultimately graduating with an Associates Degree.

In 2009, amidst severe heart failure and on the organ transplant waiting list, SLCC honored Paul with the Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of his dedicated years of service as a student. Following a miraculous heart transplant, SLCC, in collaboration with the Utah State Board of Education, bestowed upon him an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for his outstanding community service.

During a critical period when Paul faced uncertainty about his survival, the Utah community rallied behind him. In an interview with the SLCC Globe, he emphasized the importance of utilizing time, even while on an organ transplant waiting list, to pursue education. He remarked, "Even if you're on an organ transplant waiting list and not sure if you'll live or die, use your time to get an education. We take our knowledge with us."

Grateful for the support he received, Paul sought to give back to the community. In 2010, he organized a sold-out concert at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, featuring a silent auction. The event generated proceeds that were used to establish an Endowment. Since then, SLCC annually awards a scholarship to assist students affected by congenital heart disease, spina bifida, Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, fetal alcohol syndrome, or other birth defects, or those who have undergone an organ transplant. Paul explained, “Because of medical bills, not everyone with congenital heart disease can afford college. This is why our family established the scholarship at Salt Lake Community College for those affected by Congenital Heart Disease or CHD.”


Application for the summer 2024 semester opens on March 1st and ends April 15th.

  1. Visit ScholarshipUniverse, our online scholarship matching system.
  2. Use your MySLCC username and password to sign in.
  3. Choose your communication preferences (these can be updated at any time).
  4. Begin answering questions and start matching to scholarships!
  5. Click Here to apply


Who Qualifies

Students who have been affected by, or whose children have been affected by, congenital heart disease, spina bifida, Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, fetal alcohol syndrome or other birth defects, or who have had an organ transplant.


Tips for using the scholarship universe program

  • This system will match you to internal and external scholarship opportunities. Questions related to SLCC scholarships will be asked first.
  • There will be a lot of questions! The more you answer, the better chance you will match to a scholarship. You can skip or select “N/A” for any questions that don’t apply to you.
  • If you need to take a break, you can come back to where you left off and your answers will be saved.
  • New opportunities are added frequently, so don’t forget to check back in to see what might be available.


Tips for submitting an excellent scholarship application 

  • Follow directions and pay close attention to deadlines.
  • Personalize your essay answers by giving specific examples. Paint a picture for the scholarship reviewers through your examples.
  • Avoid tangents and tailor your answers to each specific scholarship opportunity. Beware of copying and pasting the same essay for multiple opportunities.
  • Have someone else proofread your essays if possible. It can also help to write your essays on a word processor before transferring them to the online application so you can use spellcheck and have your work saved somewhere in case of technical issues.
  • Ask for help! The SLCC Scholarship teams can be reached at if you need assistance.



Richard L. Jeffs - deceased

Mandi Taylor

James Mellor

  • 2010 – Sidney Porter
  • 2011 – Barbara Burns
  • 2012 – Shaylie Williams
  • 2013 – Riley Nelson
  • 2014 - Richard L. Jeffs (per note on file, student is deceased)
  • 2015 – Caroline Hortin
  • 2016 – Linda Wignall      
  • 2017 - James Mellor
  • 2018 – Taylor Mandaria
  • 2019 - Mindy Taylor
  • 2020 - Brynlee Bennett
  • 2021 - Karem B. Garcia Leal
  • 2022 - Karem B. Garcia Leal
  • 2023 – Brinley Patton