In order to help residents afford the high costs of post-secondary education, there are a variety of scholarships available for students in Utah. Most of them are targeted at supporting a particular group or rewarding a special achievement. Some of the state-based scholarships are intended to encourage students to pursue a particular career or field of study, such as those offered by Utah's State Board of Education or the Governor’s Office of Energy Development. Some are based around groups belonging to a particular ethnicity or heritage, such as those presented by Utah's Division of Indian Affairs. There are a number of scholarships available to either veterans or their dependents. Other scholarships award students for their achievements. Students who have met specific academic goals can benefit from academic scholarships, but students who have put time and effort into community or civil work can also be rewarded. Many Utah students should be able to find a source of funding to help them achieve their next level of education.
Utah's State Board of Education Scholarships
There are several scholarships available to Utah residents which are sponsored by or affiliated with Utah's State Board of Education. These are mostly career-based, providing for studies which might bring students into a particular career. There is the Buick Achiever's Scholarship for students going into STEM subjects, the Career and Technical Education Scholarships available at several different institutions and the Utah Business Week Graduate Scholarship and the Virtual Business Scholarship. The Public Education Job Enhancement Program funds endorsement programs for those studying with a teacher's license. There is also the Khol's Cares Scholarship, which rewards recipients for volunteering within their communities.
Utah's Office of Energy Development Scholarships
The Governor’s Office of Energy and Development (OED) has set up scholarships in order to encourage and assist students who wish to work in fields related to Energy and its development. There is the Utah Energy Workforce Scholarship Program, which assists with funding for STEM studies. The OED also runs the Energy Research Triangle, which rewards innovative energy projects with funding grants.
Diversity and Population Based Scholarships in Utah
Some of Utah's scholarships have been arranged to encourage and strengthen the state's minority populations. The SOMOS Foundation, for example, supports Hispanic students in Utah and awards various scholarships to assist them with their schooling. The U-DREAM scholarship benefits low-income students, particularly undocumented immigrants who are part of the DACA program.
Scholarships from Utah's Division of Indian Affairs
The Utah Division of Indian Affairs has its own compiled list of potential sources of funding for Native American students. This includes a variety of Native American and tribal scholarships as well as other financial aid and the opportunity to receive assistance from the American Indian College Fund or the National Indian Education Association. There is also a scholarship set up specifically for members of the Ute Tribe who wish to attend law school at the University of Utah, which is the David Arapene Cuch Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Military Scholarships in Utah
As well as military or veteran based financial assistance you may be able to find through individual post-secondary institutions, there are a few military scholarships available across the state. The Purple Heart Tuition Waiver, for example, can be used at any public post-secondary institution in Utah. The Veterans Tuition Gap Program provides extra funding for veterans in their last school year at a post-secondary institution. There are also the Scott Lundell Military Survivor's Tuition Waiver and the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship. Both of these are available to the surviving dependents of military personnel who were killed in the line of duty on or after 9/11.
State Based Academic Achievement Scholarships in Utah
Several of the scholarships available in Utah are those awarded based on academic merit and achievement. The Centennial Scholarship, for example, is available for students who are graduating from high school early and will be enrolling in an eligible post-secondary institution within one year. The New Century Scholarship is available to students who complete either an associate's degree or a particular math and science curriculum while still in high school. The Regent's Scholarship is available after students have completed a specific course of study with a specified number of credits in various subjects.
State Based Community and Civil Scholarships in Utah
As well as those based on career, academic merit or population, there are a number of scholarships available to Utah students who have worked to help other in some way. The ACLU of Utah Youth Activist's Scholarship, for example, awards students who have been involved in standing up for civil liberties. The Youthlinc Young Humanitarian Award, sponsored by the George S. & Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, awards its recipients for their humanitarian work.