The state of Utah provides a few scholarship options for students and Utah’s universities provide other specific scholarship opportunities for their students. Students who live in Utah have a select group of colleges to choose from, including the University of Utah, Utah State University, Brigham Young University and Weber State University. While in-state tuition often costs less than attending college outside of Utah, paying for college may still be a burden.
Utah’s Board of Regents provides two scholarships open to Utah students who choose to attend college in Utah. The Regents’ Scholarship provides a one-time base scholarship of $1,000 and the opportunity to earn additional scholarship money. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must complete Utah’s Scholars Core Course of Study while in high school, maintain a 3.0 GPA and take the ACT. Students with an ACT score of 26 or higher, a minimum 3.5 GPA and no less than a B throughout high school may qualify for an additional $1,250 scholarship.
Also from the Board of Regents, the New Century Scholarship encourages students to earn an Associate’s degree while in high school by taking dual-credit courses from colleges within the Utah higher education system. Applicants must earn a 3.5 GPA in high school and at least a 3.0 GPA as part of the Associate’s degree program in order to be eligible for the scholarship. Once enrolled in a four-year college or university in Utah, the scholarship provides students with $1,250 per semester.
Utah’s Association of Independent Insurance Agents offers $1,000 to students who graduate from a Utah high school. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and show participation in extracurricular activities. Preference is given to students planning for a career in insurance or business, although other students may apply for the scholarship. Applicants must complete an essay and finalists for the scholarship must go through an interview process.
The University of Utah Alumni Association offers multiple scholarships for students who choose to attend the University of Utah. Scholarships range from $2,000 to $7,000 and seek to award a wide variety of students, from incoming freshman who have at least one parent who graduated from the University of Utah to non-traditional students who are returning to school. Additional scholarships between $500 and $3,500 are awarded by chapters of the University Alumni Association in other states and cities across the United States for students from those areas who choose to attend the University of Utah.
Utah State University offers scholarships for incoming freshmen who are Utah residents. When admitted to Utah State University, students receive an index score that determines their eligibility for scholarships. Students at the top of the index, with scores between 133 and 142 receive a presidential-level scholarship which covers four years of tuition and all student body fees. Students with a score between 129 and 132 receive a dean’s scholarship which covers full tuition for two years. Scholars receive a $5,000 scholarship distributed over two years and merit/achievement scholarship recipients receive a scholarship between $500 and $1,500.