Are you worried about how to pay for higher education? Most students and parents are. However, with a little bit of work, you will find many scholarship opportunities you qualify and can apply for! It will take some digging around, but there are scholarships available for everyone!

When you think about possible places to look, we will give you some helpful websites to check below. However, also think about your own community. Many local governments, businesses, clubs and organizations offer scholarships to their residents. Ask around! Also, think about what your interests and talents are. You can search online for scholarships using those key words. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll find! Finally, talk with your counselor and brainstorm some additional ways you can search for scholarships.

A Scholarship Guide for Women has put together a very thorough scholarship and financial aid guide for women. It also has information on colleges, applications and other important information on the college search process.

Utah offers its students opportunities for scholarships. Read below to find out more about each one.

Regents Scholarship

The Regents’ Scholarship encourages Utah high school students to prepare for college academically and financially by taking a core course of study and saving for college. The Regents’ Scholarship can now be used at Utah’s public technical colleges, in addition to all public colleges and universities in Utah. It can not be used for private colleges or universities.

To earn the Regents’ Scholarship, you must:

  • Complete the required courses during grades 9-12
  • Earn a 3.3 cumulative high school GPA
  • Earn at least a composite score of 22 on the ACT
  • Graduate from an accredited Utah high school
  • Be a United States citizen or a non-citizen eligible for federal student aid
  • Meet college enrollment or deferment requirements
  • Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Meet all application deadlines to be eligible for the scholarship

The Regents’ Scholarship is modified each year as a result of legislation. It is important that you consistently check their website as your resource for the most up-to-date information.

Sterling Scholar


The Sterling Scholar Awards are open to Utah high school seniors.  The selection process and nomination of students to compete on the region level is determined by each high school, but the students must meet the Sterling Scholar Standards listed below.

  • Sterling Scholar officials consider a high school senior if they will be graduating with the senior class in the expected year.
  • High school seniors who attend college classes full or part time or are classified as foreign exchange students are eligible for the Sterling Scholar Awards.  However, the program is designed to recognize scholastic achievement in Utah high schools. The student has to be still enrolled in high school.
  • To be selected as a Sterling Scholar nominee, students must have extraordinary scholarship scores as well as service in leadership and citizenship opportunities in the Utah high school.  It is up to each high school to determine if an individual has been in attendance enough to experience these leadership and citizenship opportunities.

Selection of winners and runners-up will be made on the basis of scholarship, leadership, and citizenship as demonstrated through activities and interests in an area of high school education characterized by one of the program categories. The general measurement will be defined and applied in this manner:


Scholarship (50 points) Overall GPA, difficulty of class schedule, ACT score of 17 or above, and class ranking.  While judges will seek evidence of growth and service in all activities, the nominee’s talent and aptitude towards their category will receive particular emphasis.


Leadership (25 points) The qualities of leadership in Utah high schools can be measured in part by the responsibilities placed on a student by his/her teachers and fellow students.  However, evidence of positive and uplifting influence with fellow students will also be considered as indication of leadership.


Citizenship (25) Each Sterling Scholar nominee should exhibit a record of high standard of citizenship through his/her high school years.  Service to school, community, and/or other organizations shall be considered. The nominee’s attitude toward and acceptance of responsibility in contributing roles, as well as seeking out service opportunities will be especially important.  Evidence of a long-term commitment to service will also receive particular attention.

Carson Smith Scholarship Program

If you are the parent of a child with an IEP enrolled in a public school, we are required by Utah Code Section 53A-1a-704(10) to inform you of the availability of a scholarship to attend a private school through the Carson Smith Scholarship Program. Find info at

T.H. Bell Scholarship

The T.H. Bell Scholarship is for those intent on entering the teaching profession in Utah. It can be used at all public or private institutions in Utah that offer an approved program

Utah Promise Scholarship

The Utah Promise Scholarship is a needs-based scholarship program in Utah. It is available to recent high school graduates and adult learners at Utah’s public colleges and universities, as well as Utah’s public technical colleges. It is available for up to two years, four semesters, or an associate degree, whichever comes first. Award amounts vary based on individual circumstances. For questions regarding this program students should contact Financial Aid office at the college or university they plan to attend.

Career & Technical Education Scholarship

Career and Technical Education Scholarship is a scholarship for noncredit programs at select USHE institutions including Salt Lake Community College, Snow College, and Utah State University Eastern and USU-Moab. This scholarship is available to students who enroll in high-demand, non-credit certificate programs. For questions regarding this program students should contact the Financial Aid office at the college or university they plan to attend.


ScholarBox is a free online resource to find scholarships for you!

MHA students are encouraged to create an account and link their profile to Mountain Heights Academy. provides FREE web based scholarship tools to help students find and apply for scholarships. They are a locally based company that helps connect students with local scholarships. Student info is protected and not sold to third parties. They’ll keep track of scholarships you have viewed, applied for, or chosen to ignore. Scholarships are rated by competitiveness and amount of time needed to complete based on the information required. Students can go directly to the scholarship’s website to apply.

College Greenlight | Cappex

College Greenlight or Cappex is a free online resource to find local and national scholarships for you.

  • View local and national scholarships available to you
  • Get matched with scholarships based on your interests
  • Scholarships are rated by competitiveness and effort to apply.


Zinch connect students to scholarships based on your comprehensive student profile.