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Scholarships

Keys to Success is the new Utah Futures. Students if you haven’t registered with Keys to Success, you should do this now. You can download the app on your phone or go to the website at https://www.ktsutah.org/ This app/website can give you access to a lot of important information through high school and even into your college years. Students can get discounts on food and activities in our Provo community as well as school opportunities, scholarships, upcoming events, career pathways, etc. Turn on the notifications, and you will always know what is going on. The more you use the app, the more points you will accumulate and the more prizes you can win.  

Keys to Success $12,000 Scholarship: Students will find the application in the app or at KTSUtah.org. Students will fill out the application form and send additional application documents to the counselor. Counselor will select 1 recipient.

Those who participate in girls state have the opportunity to apply for various scholarships. How to Register:

  1. Speak with your high school counselor and express your interest to participate. They will set up an interview with a representative of ALA Utah Girls State. If you are selected you will receive an email invitation from WSU.
  2. If you have received your invitation to register, fill out your registration online.
  3. Turn in a check for $450 and the signed registration forms to the Auxiliary unit in your area by the date you were provided.

https://apps.weber.edu/girlsstate/

Boys qualify for some great scholarships through Weber State University, Samsung Corporation and private sponsors. Earn 3 semester hours of college credit all the while learning about civics and our government in a fun, friendly and safe environment. 

How to Register: registration opens on or about January 3, 2023. The first 300 boys that complete a registration with payment will have a seat. For more information, visit https://www.utahboysstate.org

I've found a few scholarship opportunities that may be of interest to high school students -- especially passionate and driven learners like those found at UCAS. Many scholarship websites can be predatory, sometimes offering "No Essay," lottery-style awards in exchange for students sharing their personal data. Here are a few systems that I've found safe and helpful:

Kaleidoscope: Scholarship and Grant Management Software. Reputable, non-phishy scholarship website. Link: https://www.mykaleidoscope.com/. Examples:

  • Bezos Scholars Program: A leadership experience that lasts. There’s no experience like the Bezos Scholars Program— a transformative, year-long, no-cost leadership development program that amplifies youth voice and action so young people with passion can start making a difference today. Each year, 17 exceptional juniors, 12 from the U.S. and five from Africa, along with educators from each of their schools, are selected as Bezos Scholars. High school juniors. (Due: January 12th; may be useful next year)
  • The David and Dovetta Wilson Scholarship 2023: Recipients are graduates of United States public high schools, excel academically, engage in civic and faith-based/religious acts of service, and demonstrate a commitment to use their education to give back to our local, state and national communities. High school seniors. $1,000-5,000 (Due: April 30th)
  • Datadog Upward Scholarship 2023: Breaking down silos is in our DNA and that extends to the systematic and cultural silos that have historically prohibited certain underrepresented communities access to the tech industry - specifically those who identify as women or non-binary and members of the Black and Latinx communities. As part of an effort to open new pathways to those groups, we created the Upward Scholarship for US high school seniors interested in majoring in computer sciences or related fields. High school students. $15,000 (Due: March 1st)

Scholarship Universe: Specially-curated scholarships tailored to student needs and achievements. Sources scholarships all across the internet and matches them to your profile, while organizing them by due date. UVU has a license for students to register here: https://uvu.scholarshipuniverse.com/. Example:

  • Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship: $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000 scholarships for passionate students. High school and college age. (Due January 11th; may be useful next year)
  • (This website is a source of gold. A student's profile could match them to literally millions of dollars in scholarships per year. Applying for one scholarship per week might yield something grand.)

      

Raise.Me: An ingenious system for awarding student achievements by pooling "micro-scholarships" offered by participating universities. Both increases financial aid opportunities as well as raises students' awareness of universities across the United States.  (I was in love with this system back in high school. 🙂.) Link: https://www.raise.me/.

Due: March 1, 2023

In 2023 Utah's Office of Energy Development (OED) and Chevron will continue their partnership to provide the Energy Pathways Scholarship Program for high school seniors and first-year college students pursuing a STEM field at a Utah institution of higher learning. 

The Energy Pathways Scholarship is open to DACA recipients and does not require a GPA or resume. You can find more information on the requirements and application on the OED Scholarship page. Applications are due March 1.  

 PFLAG Salt Lake City is excited to present $1000 scholarships to five (5) matriculated college students and/or high school graduates.

Applications are due in June. Winners are announced in August. To apply, email slcpflag@gmail.com.

Deadline: June 1st

As a group of civic and business leaders committed to strengthening communities in Utah, the Alliance for Unity has created $2,000 scholarships for distribution to deserving high school seniors in the state who would otherwise be unable to attain a post-secondary degree. Applicants must have a family income that qualifies them for free or reduced lunch, show a consistent after-school work history, and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Contact:
Alliance for Unity Scholarships
500 Huntsman Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
(801) 584-5942

Deadline: Varies

Within the Utah State Office of Education, the Centennial Scholarship for Early Graduation is granted each year for up to $1,000 to outstanding students who have graduated from a Utah public school in less than four years. Eligible candidates must enroll in an eligible post-secondary institution of Utah within one calendar year of graduation and be enrolling full-time in a program accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCUU).

Contact:
Centennial Scholarship for Early Graduation
250 East 500 South
P.O. Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114

Deadline: June 1st

In honor of Ted and Florence Jacobsen who have been pillars within the Utah religious community for over five decades, the Jacobsen Scholarship Fund has been created to provide need-based awards annually to college students who are active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Qualified candidates must be enrolled full-time in an accredited U.S. institution, be legal Utah residents, show evidence of financial need, and have the ability to succeed with a minimum GPA of 2.75 or greater.

Contact:
Jacobsen Scholarship Fund
1400 Foothill Drive Suite 25
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
(801) 592-7314

RENEWED DEADLINE: June 10, 2023
AWARD VALUE: $1,000

The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution.

Application Procedure for 2022

To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words. Your submissions must be sent to us by email at: scholarships at abbottandfenner.com

Topic: Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals. Click here for additional information.

Deadline: June or October 1st

Sponsored by the Utah Nurses Association, the Utah Nursing Grant-in-Aid Scholarships are offered once each semester for residents of Utah who have completed at least one semester of core nursing courses in pursuit of a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing. Eligible candidates must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours at an accredited Utah university, demonstrate financial need, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and submit a personal narrative on nursing goals.

Contact:
Utah Nursing Grant-in-Aid Scholarships
4505 South Wasatch Blvd. Suite 135
Salt Lake City, UT 84124
(801) 272-4510

Deadline: Quartly deadlines: March 31, June 30, September 30, December 31

No minimum GPA or essay required.  Free account registration required.  Click here for details. 

Deadline: July 1

Solar Action Alliance is a group of environmentalists who want to spread the word about the most clean, reliable, and abundant source of renewable energy: the sun.

What Are the Scholarship Rules?

Submit a 500-1000 word essay to answer the following question: What excites you most about the future of solar?

You must be (or planning on being) a full-time student at an accredited institute of higher education.   Click here for additional requirements and submission information.

Deadline: Nov. 10, 2022 and April 10, 2023

Established by Paragon Wealth Management by President Dave Young in honor of his daughter who was left to provide for her three-month-old daughter when her husband died in 2005, the Live Your Dream Scholarship is offered to help single mothers in similar situations who are seeking to accomplish their dreams in higher education. For consideration, single mothers must be legal Utah residents, have graduated from high school, demonstrate financial need, and have realistic attainable goals at a Utah university. https://www.liveyourdreamfoundation.org/

Contact:
Live Your Dream Scholarship
3651 North 100 East Suite 275
Provo, UT 84604
(801) 375-2500

Deadline: July 30th

Through the Epilepsy Association of Utah, the Jack and Jill Lang Scholarship Fund offers two $500 awards annually to individuals diagnosed with epilepsy who are planning to attend an accredited two or four-year college within Utah in the upcoming school year. Along with the application, candidates must submit verification of diagnosis from a physician, an unofficial high school transcript, a college acceptance letter, and a personal essay on living with epilepsy.

Contact:
Jack and Jill Lang Scholarship Fund
8539 South Redwood Rd. Suite B
West Jordan, UT 84088
(801) 566-5949

For official scholarship rules, visit www.salliemae.com/about/scholarship-opportunities. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

Scholarship Links provided by the UVU Women's Center during Careers class:

Be willing to put some work into finding these scholarships, and don’t feel you need to make an account anywhere you don’t feel comfortable. You should never need to pay to find scholarships. Here are some places to start your search.

  • Use your student ID for Free Access (Scholarship Universe)
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