This Holiday, Give Yourself the Gift of Scholarship Money!



The school year is nearly half over! If you’re getting anxious about college costs, you could ask Santa for tuition money…or you can give yourself the gift of scholarship money! Many of you will soon be on your holiday break from school. You should definitely have fun and relax – you’ve earned it!



But you should also consider using some of your free time to prepare for college. Here are some scholarship-related ideas to help you make the most of your winter break…




Volunteering proves that you can handle responsibilities outside of school and demonstrates that you care about your community. This is why scholarship committees often look for applicants who have volunteer experience. The holidays are about caring for others and giving back, so there are plenty of volunteer opportunities this time of year!

  • Talk to your teachers or guidance counselors if they know of any local organizations looking for student volunteers
  • If you are a member of a church or community organization, ask about holiday-themed volunteer events they might be hosting
  • You can also find volunteer opportunities in your community through UServe Utah




Work on your personal statement

The holiday season often makes people feel jolly and hopeful.



If you’re experiencing those warm and fuzzy feelings, use them to your advantage and apply them toward writing a positive, inspiring personal statement! Scholarship committees want to know what you’re passionate about, what makes you unique, and how you will use your scholarship money to obtain an education and create positive change in the world. Use our Scholarship Toolkit to jot down some of those ideas, then use your winter break to polish your thoughts into a beautifully moving essay.



Complete your FAFSA

Some private scholarships require you to complete the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you’re a senior or current college student, consider sitting down with a parent and completing your FAFSA over the holidays. The application generally takes less than an hour, and our FAFSA Walk-Through Video and FAFSA Do-It-Yourself Kit can make the process even quicker and easier.





Set a goal to apply for at least one scholarship during your time off from school. I will even help you come up with ideas of scholarships to apply for! In honor of the holidays, I am posting 12 Days of Scholarships on my social media accounts. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram to find a new scholarship opportunity daily!




If you have any questions or need more ideas for making the most of your holiday break, our team is always here to help. Email us at or call 801-869-5701. The StepUp family wishes you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday season!



Katie Wornek - Step Up Utah Outreach Officer and Paying for College ExpertKatie is an Outreach Officer with UHEAA and StepUpUtah. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Political Science from the University of Utah and previously worked as a tutor with the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) college preparatory program. You can follow her for professional advice about preparing and paying for college on TwitterInstagram, and Snapchat (@StepUpKatie).


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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.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

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Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000 and are intended to help students offset the cost of attending college or post-secondary vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average (GPA), work experience, extracurricular activities and community service.

The application period for the 2018-2019 school year begins on Oct. 15, 2017 and closes Dec. 15, 2017Click here to view the scholarship eligibility requirements and to apply now.


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The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program honors student-athletes who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and strong leadership skills in sports, in their schools, and within their communities.

Whether you’re the lead scorer or the most spirited team player, we want to hear how you have taken the skills you’ve cultivated in the locker room and used to them create a powerful, positive impact on the lives of others around you. 20 awards of $20,000 will be awarded.

Application deadline: December 15, 2017
Online application: Foot Locker Scholarship


Drive Smart

Students ages 13-18 create a digital short about the dangers of distracted driving. The award is $10,000.

Application deadline: December 18, 2017
Online application:  Drive Smart: No Distractions, No Excuses


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Students who have received a 22 on the ACT and a GPA of 3.0 may apply.  Consideration will be given to students that are underrepresented or first generation students. The award is $500.

Application deadline: December 31, 2017
Online Application: ACT Student Champion Award


FFA Scholarships/Pink Tractor

For those interested in pursuing a degree in agriculture, farm or ranch management or livestock management, there are many different scholarship opportunities.

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The National FFA Pink Tractor Scholarship is one example of the FFA scholarships:

-3.0 GPA
-Applicant must be female living on a farm in the U.S. and demonstrate an interest managing a farm.
-FFA member pursuing a four year degree in agricultural business management, farm and ranch management, livestock management or agricultural sales and marketing.
Deadline: February 1, 2018

That is just one of many scholarships offered through FFA.  Here is a link to their scholarship catalog.
FFA Scholarship Catalog

If you have questions on how to apply or details on these scholarships, please come see Mrs. Dangerfield in the Counseling Office.

Regents’ Priority Deadline Due Tomorrow

Seniors, the Regent’s priority deadline is tomorrow December 8th.  Make sure you have your official high school transcripts and your college transcripts (if you have concurrent enrollment) ready to send off.  If you have any questions about this scholarship, please ask.  This is a big scholarship so make sure you have EVERYTHING squared away.  This one is worth up to $6,000 dollars!

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Also, the Lynn Jensen Memorial Scholarship is due on the 9th.  This one is worth $1,000 dollars and remember, that the counselor that has impacted your life also received recognition.  The process for applying for this scholarship are as follows:

Checklist for Lynn Jensen Memorial Scholarship

Lynn Jensen Memorial

Keys to Success Scholarships

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Seniors!  The Keys to Success Scholarships are now available.  Please click the links below to fill out the applications.  Eligibility and application requirements are listed on each application. The winners will be announced at the Keys to Success assembly at the end of the year.

Salt Lake Community College: $1,000
Deadline: March 10, 2018

UVU: $1,000
Deadline: March 10, 2018

Tooele Tech: $1,000
Deadline: March 10, 2018

Paul Mitchell the School: $1,000
Deadline: March 10, 2018

University of Utah: $1,000
Deadline: March 10, 2018

Weber State University: $1,000
Deadline: March 4, 2018

All of the scholarships except for Weber State will be turned into Mrs. Dangerfield in the Counseling Office.

SLCC Scholarship Alert

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If you have applied to Salt Lake Community College and would like to be considered for scholarships, you do have to apply separately.  Many Utah colleges consider you for scholarships as soon as you apply, but the SLCC does their a little differently.

The deadline to apply for their scholarships is February 1, 2018.

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