Utah Scholarships and Grants
You are probably having the best – and worst – school year of your life! You’re wrapping up your high school education, applying for college admission, looking forward to end of year activities and graduation, dreading leaving your friends in the fall – just a myriad of activities and feelings. But – just for a minute – stop and take a deep breath. Take the time to apply for a scholarship or two. You would be amazed how many thousands of dollars go un-awarded each year, just because no one applied. It’s a time of great transition for you and your family – and every transition can benefit from a little extra cash! We have listed a number of opportunities below, but if there is nothing here that strikes your fancy, just visit your high school guidance counselor – there are many, many more out there. Wishing you the best of luck – and the smoothest transition possible!
American Legion Utah Auxiliary National President’s Scholarship
Are you a descendant or dependent of a veteran who served during the Grenada conflict, Korean War, Lebanon conflict, Panama conflict, Persian Gulf War, WWI, WWII, or Viet Nam? Are you a high school student living in Utah? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, you might be eligible for this scholarship. This scholarship is awarded in the amount of $1,500, may be used at 2-year or 4-year eligible educational institution. For more information, check the website www.legion-aux.org.
Carl N. & Margaret Karcher Founders’ Scholarship
This scholarship is directed toward a high school senior who is a resident of, among other states, Utah. Funds provided are to be utilized at an accredited 2 or 4-year college or university. There is no major field of study specified for this award, and, if selected you will receive $1,000. If you are in the immediate family of an employee of Carl’s Jr. Restaurants, or one of its affiliates, you are ineligible for this scholarship. If you would like further details, go to the website at www.carlsjr.com/promotions.
Utah Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
You have worked hard and have shown consistently high scholastic achievement! Now, due to that hard work, you may qualify for this prestigious scholarship. You must be a Utah high school senior. Scholastically, you must have an outstanding record of achievement, with at least a 3.7 GPA, and a minimum SAT score of 1940, or an ACT score of 25. Award is renewable for up to four years, with an initial amount of $1,500. Those selected for this scholarship may attend any accredited college or university anywhere in the United States. Home schooled students are eligible for these awards. You may request an application from the financial aid office at your chosen university or college, or from you high school guidance counselor. More information may also be found on line: www.schools.utah.gov/curr/Early_College/Byrd.htm.
Horatio Alger Utah Scholarship Program
If you are a high school senior who has already faced and overcome great obstacles in your life, you need to take a closer look at this program.
You must be a graduating high school senior, living in Utah, that can demonstrate financial need. You must have a history of academic achievement, with at least a 2.0 GPA. Depth of character and your commitment to community service are also deciding factors. To apply you will need to submit an essay, copy of your transcript, a letter of support, and an income statement. The scholarship may be used for full-time undergraduate study at accredited universities and colleges in the United States. There are multiple awards, each in the amount of $5,000. Visit this website for additional information: www.hortioalger.org/scholarships.
Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP)
Are you a graduating high school student who is going to require financial assistance to continue your education? If you are, and you live in Utah, this may the program that can help you. This is a grant program whereby funds are provided to participating universities and colleges in the state, and they award the funds directly to the students. Your first step is to complete the free FSFSA application on line (see ‘note’ on previous page for full details). The funds awarded range from $300 to $2,800. If you would like more information, contact the financial aid office at your chosen college or university. (There is no website given for this resource.)