Embark on a journey to gain access to invaluable resources, mentorship, and a supportive community of like-minded peers. Being a Sterling Scholar instills a lifelong passion for learning and a commitment to excellence.
The Sterling Scholar Awards are open to Utah public high school seniors. It is expected that each school will nominate one candidate in any of the 14 categories. Each school may nominate only one nominee in each of the 14 categories and a nominee may be nominated in only one category.
The selection process and nomination of nominees as Sterling Scholar nominees is left entirely up to each high school. Sterling Scholar officials consider a nominee a high school senior if he/she will be graduating with the senior class during the year 2014.
High school seniors who attend college classes full or part-time or are classified as foreign exchange nominees are eligible for the Sterling Scholar Awards. However, the program is designed to recognize scholastic achievement in Utah public high schools.
To be selected a Sterling Scholar nominee students must have extraordinary scholarship scores as well as service in leadership and community service/citizenship opportunities at their Utah public high school. It is up to each school to determine if an individual has been in attendance enough to experience these leadership and community service/citizenship opportunities.
Each Sterling Scholar nominee’s entire school experience will be considered, although emphasis will be placed on the high school years. High school officials are urged to nominate scholars for categories in which the nominees are genuinely interested and qualified.
Ultimately, selecting nominees is the responsibility of the school principal and not the Deseret News or KSL Broadcast Group. No specific method of selection is required, although the process outlined below provides an excellent opportunity to encourage scholarship. Accordingly, the opportunity to apply to the Sterling Scholar program should be open to as many nominees as possible.
Principal selects and assigns a committee of school faculty, including a Sterling Scholar coordinator, to administer the nomination process of public high school seniors for Sterling Scholar Awards participation.
*PLEASE NOTE: The Deseret News and the KSL Broadcast Group do NOT take part in the selection of nominees. All questions must be directed to the school and NOT the Deseret News or KSL Broadcast Group. All inquiries must be handled by the school coordinator, principal or assistant principal, who is responsible for contacting the Sterling Scholar director for clarification (this includes parents, nominees, teachers, etc.).
When a nominee has been entered into the system by the coordinator he/she will receive an email with their login information along with a temporary password (their individual email address is their unique User ID). The first portion of their portfolio contains their “Personal Information”, school transcripts and college entrance exam scores which have been entered by the school’s Sterling Scholar Coordinator.
Each nominee will begin preparing their portfolio with the upload of their “Letter of Recommendation”. For the remainder of your portfolio the acceptable file formats are .PDF, .TXT, .RTF, .JPG, .TIF, WAV, WMA, .MP4, .ACC, .MP3 and .MPG. External links to YouTube, Vimeo or other video sharing sites are the preferred path for videos. The nominee will have an opportunity to upload a supporting document within each section and more at the end of the portfolio.
Upon completion of the portfolio each nominee will submit their completed document to their Sterling Scholar Coordinator. The program will ask the nominee to print out the portfolio. This is the nominee’s opportunity to make a hardcopy of their electronic portfolio. Uploaded documents and pictures will be embedded within the portfolio pdf. Any external links for video or audio files will be included as hyperlinks. The coordinator will be notified of the submission. It is recommended that the coordinator meet with the nominee to review the portfolio. If changes are suggested the coordinator may re-open the portfolio for the nominee to make those adjustments. The nominee will then, again, resubmit their portfolio.
When all portfolios have been completed and certified the Sterling Scholar Coordinator will submit them to the Deseret News/KSL Broadcast Group Sterling Scholar Award Program. Once that procedure has been done neither the nominee nor the coordinator will have access to the portfolios. Only the Sterling Scholar Director will be able to release the portfolios.
At some point after the award ceremony, all portfolios and judging documents will be deleted from the Sterling Scholar Award Program servers and documents will be unrecoverable. Coordinators will be notified of this date 10 days before the actual deletion so that Sterling Scholars may have the opportunity to print out their portfolio if they have not previously done so.
Most colleges and universities in Utah offer financial assistance to top nominees in the Deseret News/KSL Broadcast Group Sterling Scholar Awards Program. Some are offered to winners only while other institutions may offer scholarships also to runners-up, and even others offer to finalists or even nominees in the program. Several are renewable based on the nominee’s grade point average. The following are participating educational institutions and their financial assistance for 2023 Sterling Scholars.
Note: Awards are listed as described by the institutions. Exact amounts are not included due to some changes in fee structures. Application must be made immediately; good for the 2018-2019 school year.
$1,000 tuition waiver for enrollment in a Bridgerland certificate program beginning within one year of high school graduation to Regional Sterling Scholar Category Winners who graduate from one of the College’s local area high schools (Bear River, Box Elder, Logan, Mountain Crest, Ridgeline, Sky View, Green Canyon, and Rich). Recipient must visit Bridgerland’s Financial Aid Office -with documentation of his/her status as a regional category winner- to activate the award and have the terms of the award explained. Visit Bridgerland Technical College online at http://www.btech.edu or call (435) 750-3204 or (435) 750-3268 for more information.
One-year (two semesters) full LDS tuition scholarships to all regional (final round) category winners contingent upon admission to BYU by appropriate deadline. Should you qualify for another scholarship from the Financial Aid Office at BYU, you will receive whichever scholarship is of greater value. For additional information about scholarships, visit our website at https://enrollment.byu.edu/financialaid/apply-for-scholarships. For questions regarding Sterling Scholarships at BYU, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to any other scholarship received from USU, regional category winners will receive a $2,000 stipend for two years ($500 per semester for 4 semesters), regional category runners-up will receive $1,000 stipend for one year ($500 per semester for 2 semesters); and finalists in the Wasatch Front Region receive a $500 stipend for one year ($250 per semester for 2 semesters). Sterling Scholar stipends can be used at all of the 32 USU campuses (including USU Logan Main Campus, Statewide Campuses, USU-Eastern, and USU Blanding). General USU scholarship requirements can be found at http://www.usu.edu/scholarships. Nominees must (1) apply for admissions by January 10, 2021 and (2) email a copy of the Sterling Scholar Award/Certificate to email@example.com.
Utah Tech University offers a one-year, $1,000 scholarship to Utah High School Sterling Scholar winners in all regions. Sterling Scholar scholarships must be used directly out of high school; and cannot exceed the cost of full tuition when combined with any other scholarship awarded by UTU. To claim this scholarship, the nominee must be admitted to Utah Tech University and submit a copy of their Sterling Scholar Certificate (or a letter from a high school counselor verifying that the student is the winner in their category) to the scholarship coordinator by July 1st. Contact the scholarship office at: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or visit http://www.utahtech.edu or call (435) 652-7578.
$3,000 annual scholarship ($1,500/semester) for a maximum of eight (8) semesters to regional Sterling Scholar category winners and runners-up. Application due date is May 1. Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher to maintain scholarship. The award cannot stack or combine with any other academic institutional scholarships. Contact Colin Ward firstname.lastname@example.org or call (435) 586-7735.
Renewable $5,000 annual scholarship to all regional category winners for a total value of approximately $20,000 for a maximum of eight (8) semesters or until the nominee receives a baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first. Recipients must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.6 and complete 24 hours of course work every two semesters of academic year, namely fall and spring. For additional information about scholarships at the University of Utah, please go to http://www.financialaid.edu. Contact the University of Utah Scholarships and Financial aid office at email@example.com or call 801-581-6211.
Region Winners – $4,000 per year ($2,000 per semester) for four-years. Retention criteria: 15 credits per semester with a cumulative GPA of 3.5. Region Runners-Up – $3,500 per year ($1,750 per semester) for two-years. Retention criteria: 12 credits per semester with a cumulative GPA of 3.2. High School Winners – $2,000 per year ($1,000 per semester) for one year. Not renewable. Must take 12 credit hours per semester. During their senior year students must apply for this award by being admitted to UVU and completing the online scholarship application by the deadline date of May 1st. Students will be required to provide documentation of their Sterling Scholar Award. For all eligibility requirements please visit our website https://www.uvu.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.
Regional winners will be awarded a one year tuition scholarship of $2,000. High school category winners will be awarded a one year tuition scholarship of $1,000. Nominees must be admitted to the university. To apply to the university, please see: http://weber.edu/admissions. Recipient must be a U.S. Citizen and Utah resident attending full-time (12-18 credit hours) each semester and maintain a 2.5 GPA. The Scholarship Office must be notified by July in order to post the Sterling Scholar Award. The Sterling Scholar Scholarship cannot be combined with academic scholarships. Contact Crystal Giordano firstname.lastname@example.org or call (801) 626-7569.
Renewable $3,000 scholarship awards up to 4 years ($12,000 total) to all regional category winners. Renewable $1,500 scholarship awards up to 4 years ($6,000 total) to all regional category runners-up. These awards will be granted in addition to any the merit scholarships offered by Westminster (not to exceed full-tuition). Nominees must maintain good academic standing and satisfactory progress to renew the scholarship for up to eight semesters of study or receipt of bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first). Full-time enrollment in the fall semester directly following high school graduation is required. Contact Jennifer Dahl email@example.com or call (801) 832-2294.
A full tuition resident scholarship for 2 years or 4 semesters ($1,598/semester) is offered to all regional category winners in any Sterling Scholar category. A $1,000/semester scholarship for 2 years or 4 semesters is offered to all regional category runners-up in any Sterling Scholar category. This scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with an academic scholarship. To be eligible for any scholarship, nominees must submit the application for admissions and scholarships, postmarked on or before the “new” nominee scholarship deadline. Nominees seeking this scholarship must provide documentation to the scholarship office showing receipt of the Regional Sterling Scholar award by May 1 of the year awarded. Additional information on all available scholarships is available at http://www.snow.edu. Contact Dana Bagnall firstname.lastname@example.org or call (435) 283-7150 or (800) 848-3399.
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