Scholarship Alert!

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Here is a great scholarship for students planning to attend a Utah College or Technical school and planning to pursue a career in STEM. (science, technology, energy and math)

Make a five minute film on energy and write an essay about your STEM goals and submit both to the following: 

The award is $4,000 dollars if you are attending a Utah college or University and $2,000 dollars if you are attending a Utah technical school.




October Scholarship Deadlines

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Just a quick post to let you know that the following scholarships have deadlines coming up.  There are scholarships for everyone so please check them out!

YOUNGARTS PROGRAM (15-18 years or grades 10-12)

Deadline:  Oct. 13, 2017 by 11:59 PM

-Cinematic arts, dance, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, writing
-Citizen or legal resident of the United States or U.S. Territories
Award:  $10,000 cash award, master classes with accomplished artists, become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts

Deadline: Oct 17, 2017
-Open to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
-The main requirement is that you are committed to going to school and can express your goals for getting a higher education.
Award: $1,000

NATIONAL and STATE (Two separate applications)

Deadline:  Oct. 25, 2017 by 5:00 PM Eastern Time
-Be enrolled full-time as a high school senior in the United States, progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2015 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation.
-Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution).
-Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity.
-Co-curricular/community service activities.
-Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0.
-Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required).
-Be a United States citizen.
-Utah scholarship requires Utah citizenship.
Award:  National – $25,000 (106 awards)
State – $10,000 (7 awards)


Deadline:  October 31, 2017
-Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States (or select DoD schools).
-U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; U.S. Permanent Residents; Refugees; Asylees; Cuban-Haitian Entrants; or Humanitarian Parolees.
-Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application.
-Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution.
-Carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.
-Based on leadership, achievement, and character
Award:  $20,000 (150 awards) and Community College stipends that vary from $1,000-$1,500 (200 awards).

Upcoming College Visit Opportunities

There are many different opportunities to visit college campuses this month.  Some are overnight and some are just a day visit.  What a great chance to see these campuses in person!  Remember that you have two days for excused absences to visit these college campuses, so take advantage of those days off to visit. (some of these events have a small fee, follow the link for more information) If these dates do not work, there are alternate dates available, and you can always set up a campus visit just by visiting the schools website.

Here is the information and links to register:

Dates:  October 13 – 14, 2017

October 13 – 14, 2017
Red Riot registration:

LITE BRITE OVERNIGHT! Experience USU Eastern student life by attending the Lite Brite paint dance!
October 13-14, 2017
Lite Brite registration:

October 14, 2017
October 28, 2017

October 20, 2017

October 27, 2017
November 3, 2017

Details: November 3-4, 2017
Registration:  DSU Preview


What FAFSA is and Why Everyone Should Apply

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The FAFSA is now open as of October 1st, and I would hope everyone has been gathering their information to apply for the FAFSA.  But wait? What is the FAFSA?  I actually do hear this nearly everyday when I ask students if they are going to apply.  And it is completely understandable why many don’t know what it is.  So in the event you are unsure what it is and in case you think you might want to apply, here are some really good reasons why everyone should.

“Free Application for Federal Student Aid”

This application is actually important for every student that wants to attend college.  What the FAFSA determines is whether or not a student is eligible for federal aid in the form of Pell grants or student loans.  This is the ONLY way students will know whether they are eligible or not for Pell grants.  Well then, what is a Pell grant?

“A Pell Grant is a subsidy the U.S. federal government provides for students who need it to pay for college. Federal Pell Grants are limited to students with financial need, who have not earned their first bachelor’s degree, or who are enrolled in certain post-baccalaureate programs, through participating institutions.”

Basically, a Pell grant is free money that the government gives to students that show financial need, and then students do not have to pay that money back.  There are certain requirements that a student must meet when accepting a Pell grant (such as committing to going to college at least part-time) but most students have no problem fulfilling that part-time requirement.

If you do not qualify for a Pell grant, you may qualify for student loans.  The great thing about applying for this aid is that you DO NOT have to accept a student loan that might be offered to you through the FAFSA.  Even if you qualify for a student loan, there is no reason that you have to accept it other than if you NEED to.  If you have been able to secure funding through savings, scholarships, Pell grants, parents bank account, there is no reason that you have to accept a student loan.  It is just good to know that in the event that funding doesn’t completely come through, you may have a last resort if you need it.  Student loans do have low interest and easy re-payment plans if this is the path you take as many students do.

Students also should apply for the FAFSA if they are planning on applying for scholarships.  There are many scholarships that require you fill it out, especially those that are needs based.  For example, there is a great scholarship out there (due November 30th) called The Daniels Scholarship.  This one is financial needs based and they want to know what you qualify for regarding federal grants.  That way, The Daniels Scholarship (if you win their award) program can determine what you need from them once the grants run out.

Many colleges will also want you to apply for the FAFSA.  Once you do, the  information is sent to the schools of your choice for their review.  Many times schools will award Merit scholarships based on what your FAFSA might say.  If you just are just shy of qualifying for Pell grants, but almost qualify for a Merit scholarship, they may just award that student the Merit scholarship based on the information they received.

As you can see, there are a great many reasons why everyone should apply for the FAFSA.  ALL students of ALL levels of parent income should still apply. I would encourage all of you to apply today.  You never know what benefits might come from taking a half an hour to fill it out.  Hope this helps!

Here are a few links that you may find helpful:

Three reasons you should fill out the FAFSA

What is a Pell grant?


If you do have questions please remember my door is always open. (:


ACT Student Champion Award

Students, if you have taken the ACT and achieved a 22 or higher, this may be for you!

The ACT student champion award recognizes one student in each state who is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and a plan in place.

This award is especially good for students that are going to be attending college for the first time in their family (first generation college student).

Application: ACT Student Champion Award (Seniors)
Deadline: December 31, 2017
-A student who has overcome challenges and can show what they are going to after high school, whether it is entering the workforce, or getting a post secondary education.
-Students must have a 22 on the ACT and a GPA of 3.0 or higher
-Preference will be given to underrepresented and/or first generation college students.
Award: $500


Walking Dead Scholarship?

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There is a scholarship for everyone! is sponsoring a unique scholarship with fans of the Walking Dead in mind.

Deadline: October 31, 2017
-Be at least thirteen years of age at time of application
-Be a legal resident

Submit an online written response to the following question:
“Imagine that your high school or college has been overrun with zombies. Your math professor, the cafeteria ladies, and even your best friend have all joined the walking dead. Flesh out a plan to avoid the zombies, including where you’d hide and the top-five things you’d bring to stay alive.” 

This essay is based on creativity, originality, and overall excellence so use your non-zombiefied brain and write the best essay that you can!

Award: $2,000


USU Open House – Scholarships Awarded on the Spot!

Come enjoy some free Aggie ice cream and see what USU Tooele has to offer.  They will be awarding scholarships on the spot so bring your “A” number (you should have this from concurrent enrollment) and your transcripts.

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