Utah Scholars Deadline Approaching

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What is a Utah Scholar? Many of you already are!  A Utah Scholar is a student that has maintained a 3.0 GPA and has completed some of these tasks sometime in their school career.  Getting ready for life after high school is challenging.  Step Up Utah would like to recognize those students that have maintained good grades and have prepared for their college life.  If you can mark off enough tasks to earn 200 points and have a 3.0, you qualify for this recognition award for graduation.

Utah Scholars Checklist

These requirements can be done ANYTIME.  Some of the requirements say 8th grade or 9th grade, but these can all be done right now.  I would love to see our seniors with this prestigious award on graduation day. The application just takes a few minutes to complete, so apply today! The deadline to apply is March 1st.

Click here for the online application: Utah Scholars application


Earn the Utah Scholars Medallion

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Utah Scholars is a recognition program that honors students that have earned a 3.0 and worked hard through their high school career.  Seniors must apply by February 1st in order to qualify.  This is not a scholarship, rather it is an opportunity for seniors to earn a medallion to wear at graduation.

Here is the checklist and the link to apply:

Utah Scholars application

Utah Scholars Checklist

In order to qualify you must apply and then complete at least 200 points from the checklist.  This list shows what is required and if you have not checked off any of the activities from the other grades, doing the 12th grade requirements along with the required ones will get you enough points. You can still use the points from the other grades as well even if you are just now completing them.

This recognition is not hard to achieve! Any student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher should absolutely apply.

Utah Scholars Program (Seniors)

Deadline: March 31, 2017

What is Utah Scholars?

Utah Scholars takes a holistic approach to college readiness. The program is intended to motivate you and students like you to complete specific college readiness tasks in grades 8-12 to help prepare you for college.

We help you know what it takes to succeed in college and in the workforce. To earn the distinction of being a Utah Scholar, you will need to earn a total of 200 points throughout high school. 75 points will come from 1) signing and submitting the Utah Scholars application, 2) Taking 4 years of math, and 3) submitting at least 1 college application your senior year. You receive additional points by doing things like following us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, taking AP/IB or Concurrent Enrollment classes, visiting a college campus, and learning about paying for college options.

By meeting the Utah Scholars requirements, you will receive the Utah Scholars certificate and medallion when you graduate high school.

More information and the application can be found HERE

Have a Great Summer!

I’m off for the summer, but will be planning and preparing for 2015-2016.  You need to do the same!  Here are a few things to get you started:

Summer Homework for Graduated Seniors
Summer Homework for 2015-2016 Seniors
Summer Texting Program for Seniors who Graduated as Utah Scholars
Utah Scholars Program
Regents Scholarship Final Documents
ACT Boot Camp
Learn & Earn
The Scholarship Marathon for Seniors
The Scholarship Marathon for Juniors
The Scholarship Marathon for Sophomores
The Scholarship Marathon for Freshmen

Summer Texting Program for Seniors

Utah Scholars is embarking on a summer texting program to help students finish all the steps to college enrollment on time and with support. We know that many students need some guidance during the summer so we’ve teamed up with the National College Access Network to text students messages about financial aid, registering for classes, orientation, and other important tasks that need to be completed before they can enroll in college. 

We’re specifically trying to reach the students who have been accepted to college but may not go because they find these steps difficult or overwhelming. We’re trying to reduce “summer melt,” the phenomenon of students who are accepted but never enroll anywhere. This would be especially appropriate for students who will be the first in their families to go to college or anyone who might benefit from some extra support. 

Please help us enroll students in our free texting program by sharing this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/utahscholarsseniors 

 This program is free (standard text rates apply) and is open to ANY Utah Scholars senior going to ANY school.

Utah Scholars 2015

The Utah Scholars award is not a scholarship, but it is nice recognition for completing a rigorous schedule in high school.  Although it is not part of the Regents’ Scholarship, the core requirements are the same. A student must complete the Utah Scholars Curriculum during grades 9-12, earning an individual grade of a “C” or higher.  If you have met these requirements, make sure you complete the application and mail with your transcripts to Utah Scholars Initiative by April 10.

UTAH SCHOLARS 2015 (Seniors)
Deadline:  April 10, 2015
Application:  Utah Scholars Application or available from Mrs. Cartwright in the Counseling Center.
-Complete the Utah Scholars Curriculum during grades 9-12, earning an individual grade of a “C” or higher in each of the following courses:

  • 4 credits of English
  • 4 credits of progressive math (one class beyond Algebra 2 or Math 3)
  • 3.5 credits of social science
  • 3 credits of lab-based science (one each of biology, chemistry, and physics)
  • 2 credits of the same world language

Award:  Medallion and recognition at THS Scholarship Night.


Utah Regents’ Scholarship-2015


The wait is over!  The Utah Regents’ Scholarship app is now available for students who are graduating in 2015.  If you qualify, get this application filled out and submitted by the priority app deadline, December 19, 2014.  Remember, this is one of the best scholarships in the state, so check your qualifications and complete your application ASAP!

Application:   higheredutah.org/regentsscholarship/ (Application available on Nov. 17, 2014).
Deadline:  Dec. 19, 2014 (Priority Deadline), February 2, 2015 (Regular Deadline)
Criteria for Base Award:
-Complete the Utah Scholars Core Course of Study during grades 9-12.*
-Have a cumulative 3.0 high school GPA.
-Have at least one reported ACT test score (SAT is not accepted).
-Have no grade on official transcript lower than a “C” in core courses.
-Be a U.S. citizen, or a noncitizen eligible for federal student aid.
-No criminal record.
-Enroll full-time (15 or more college credit hours) at an eligible Utah institution of higher education during Fall semester immediately following high school graduation.
Criteria for Exemplary Academic Achievement Award:
-Must meet the Base Award requirements.
-Have a cumulative 3.5 GPA
-Have no grade on official transcript lower than a “B” in core courses.
-Have an ACT score of 26.
*Core Courses:
-4 credits of English
-4 progressive credits of mathematics
-3.5 credits of Social Science
-3 credits of lab-based Sceince course, specifically one each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics
-2 progressive credits of same World or Classical Language, other than English, during grades 9-12
Award: Base Award–$1,000 one-time payment
Exemplary Academic Achievement Award–$1,250 per semester (amount based on decisions made in the Utah State Legislative Session)