- Regents Scholarship. Apply when you are a senior; begin preparing when you are a freshman. Priority Deadline: December 19, 2014. If you take specific classes in high school and earn a specific GPA, you can receive this scholarship. The scholarship can be applied to ANY Utah college or university, and can be used in addition to college scholarships. Even if you are thinking you would like to go out of state, don't disregard this scholarship. The list of classes needed for this scholarship are very similar to classes needed for acceptance to out-of-state schools. Check it out: www.regentsscholarship.org
- Western Undergraduate Exchange Program. Deadline: December 1 of every year. WUE allows students to attend out-of-state colleges and universities at a reduced-cost (MUCH cheaper than paying out-of-state tuition). There are a limited number of WUE slots at each institution--so apply early if an out-of-state college is appealing to you.
- Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship. Apply when you are a senior; begin preparing as a freshman. Deadline: December 5 of every year. This scholarship evaluates leadership, citizenship, and community service. Awards range from $2,000 to $50,000. Multiple scholarships given each year. Check it out: Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship
- The American Legion: Oratorical Contest. Any Student in Grades 9-12 can apply! Deadline: December 5, 2014 Speech Scholarship on the Constitution: a prepared 8-10 minute speech, and a 3-5 minute extemporaneous speech, connected to a specific Constitutional Amendment. See website for details and specific instructions. Check out all the tabs on the website for more information! Contest Website
- JFK Profiles in Courage Essay Scholarship Grades 9-12 can apply Deadline: January 1, 2015 Applicants submit a 1,000 word essay describing an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official during or after 1956, the publication date of Profiles in Courage. Full bibliography required. Top Award: $10,000.
- GE Reagan Scholarship H.S. Seniors can apply; begin preparing as a freshman. Deadline: January 1, 2015. Students should exhibit strong leadership, service, integrity, drive, academic performance. Students must have financial need, be a U.S. citizen, and plan on enrolling in a 4-year college or university. (Application opens in October. Only the first 25,000 applications will be accepted).
- ACLU Youth Activist Scholarship H.S. Seniors can apply Deadline: January 10, 2015 Students who have demonstrated a commitment to civil liberties. Three scholarships of $1,000 are awarded each year, and can be applied to any college.
- Create-a-Greeting-Card Scholarship Grades 9-12 can apply Deadline: January 10, 2015 Submit ORIGINAL photo, artwork, or computer graphic for front of a greeting card. Images should be appropriate for consumer or business use. See website for more details. (Fun scholarship for someone interested in photography, art, computer graphics)
- Zinch One Year Tuition Scholarship Grades 9-12 can apply Deadline: January 15, 2015 Scholarship UP TO: $20,000. Students must have a 2.0 GPA and compete in a specific category (Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Computers & Technology, Digital Media & Design, Engineering, Leadership & Government, Life Sciences, Performing Arts, Social Media & Communication, Student Athlete). This is a great scholarship where you build your portfolio around a specific area. Also--check out all the other scholarship opportunities on Zinch--including the 3-sentence scholarship which is held every week!
- National Honor Society Scholarship H.S. Seniors can apply. Deadline: January 17, 2015. Students should be members of NHS. Application must be obtained through NHS Advisor. If you are interested, speak to Mrs. Taylor
- MESA Scholarship H.S. Seniors can apply; begin preparing as a freshman. Deadline: January 10, 2015 Students should have excelled in one of the MESA Subjects: Math, Science, and / or Engineering. The scholarship can be used at USU, WSU, UofU, and SLCC. This is a local scholarship, so you students are competing against state applicants only.
- Utah NAME Essay Scholarship Grades 7-12 can apply Deadline: January 20, 2015 (Submit to School Counselor). Students complete an application AND write a 500 word essay on a subject related to civil rights. See application for specific prompts / instructions. The student must submit the applicant AND the essay to a school counselor on January 30, and the counselor submits it to the committee. Awards range from $100 (grades 7-11), to $1,000 (seniors).
- Gates Millenial Scholarship H.S. Seniors can apply Deadline: January 15 2015 The Gates Scholarship Program awards 1,000 Scholarships every year to students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher, have financial need, are involved in leadership and service, and are African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, or Asian & Pacific Islander American. If awarded, the scholarship will pay the entire cost of college (what is not paid by FAFSA and other scholarships). This is an amazing scholarship, and students should apply if they fit the criteria.
Below is a list of various deadlines for colleges in Utah.
The Ambassador Scholarship is for students that are willing to work as an Ambassador at a specific school. The responsibilities vary from school to school, but essentially include giving students tours, helping with office work, and other recruiting responsibilities. It's a great opportunity for a student that excels in leadership and working with people.
The Honors Program Scholarship also varies at each school, but essentially gives students a chance to be in smaller classes, work more with professors, be involved in undergraduate research, and of course...receive a scholarship. If you do not see a school and scholarship listed you would like to know about, look at the college website or ask Mrs. Krim for help)
ONE NOTE: You must be accepted to the University before you can be accepted to the Honors Program or as an Ambassador.
Note: The earlier you read and apply these books, the better off you'll be! Don't wait until your senior year--get started as a freshman!
1. Countdown to College: 21 To-Do Lists for High School: Step-by-Step Strategies for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Graders. Author: Cheryl Riley. This book is just awesome--it is concise and easy to read, and unbelievably helpful. It has to-do lists for each grade in high school, and every student (and parent) should have a copy to use! If you don't have a clue where to start (and even if you do), this book is an absolute MUST to making sure everything happens on the road to college. (Can you tell I love it?!)
2. How to Be a High School Superstar: A Revolutionary Plan to Get into College by Standing Out (Without Burning Out) Author: Cal Newport. This is a life-changing book. If it doesn't change the way you approach learning, studying, and living--then you haven't really read it. Really. It's that good. It's all about doing something different and meaningful to help you stand out on college (and scholarship) applications. And instead of approaching high school as a tortuous game of getting the best grades and high test scores, it will help you really love the process of learning and becoming a person worth admitting to a big-name school or awarding a top-dollar scholarship.
3. Confessions of a Scholarship Winner: The Secrets that Helped Me Win $500,000 in Free Money for College--How You Can Too! Author: Kristina Ellis. A great book that is motivational and helpful. It's not a list of scholarships to apply for--it's the story of how one student really worked hard, applied, and won scholarships. You could wait until your senior year to read it (it would still help), but it's even better if you can read this book early on in high school.
4. The Perfect Score Project Author: Debbie Stier. This book is half-manual / half-story of what TO DO (and even more important...what not to do) when approaching the SAT. I loved this book--especially because I was learning valuable information AND it read like a novel! You'll be motivated to study for the SAT (or ACT). Parents--you'll know how to navigate the standardized test with your child. Also--don't wait until junior year to read this book! Start reading it in your freshman or sophomore year. (But if you haven't read it and you are a junior, then read it NOW!)
1. To and Through College This is MY Blog--where I write about everything connected to getting TO college and THROUGH college. Check it out! I usually post about once a week, and the posts are specific to YOU!
2. Step Up Utah This website is run by the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority (UHEAA). StepUp will have ALL the state's information on preparing and paying for college in one place, under one name. It's a great resource from the State of Utah. I'd encourage you to check it out...and check back often.
3. The UVa Admission Blog: Notes from Peabody The Dean of Admissions writes this blog, and it is focused on the admissions process at the University of Virginia (UVa) specifically. However, even if you have no intention of going to UVa, it is a wealth of information about the admissions process. Check out the new posts, the older posts, and sign up to get email notices when there is a new post.
4. Study Hacks This is a favorite blog of mine because it covers topics that include study skills, deep thought, choosing a career and other subjects relevant to just about anyone. The blog is written by Cal Newport, a Computer Science Professor at Georgetown University. Every time I read it, I am inspired to work and learn in a more focused manner. I hope that you discover the same thing for yourself! Be sure to explore the blog, especially the older posts which focus on student success. (Check out his books, too!)
iHi! I'm the College Prep Advisor for DaVinci Academy! I love to help students prepare for college, apply for scholarships, and find the best possible path for each individual! This page lists scholarships with information and deadlines.