Scholarships and Financial Aid
Scholarships searches can be overwhelming and discouraging but knowing how to start and prioritizing your efforts will make the most of your situation.
Junior High School Efforts:
Ensure that you prepare your self by taking rigorous, college preparatory courses ( see the courses recommended by the regents scholarship for a good list of courses here).
Sophomores and Juniors:
Maintain good grades, especially in your college preparatory courses, and prepare to take the ACT or SAT (see more information on Testing here). There are always a few scholarships available for Juniors and Sophomores, because there are few of these the counseling office will email out information about them when they are available.
There are 3 priorities in searching for scholarships your Senior year. They are listed below in order.
Priority #1 College Scholarships: Most scholarship money is funneled through the Universities so it is critical to apply for scholarships through each university that you apply to by the appropriate deadlines. Explore the scholarship pages of the colleges that you are applying to and complete the steps to apply for their scholarships. The steps vary at each school. Deadlines for Utah schools can be found here. College websites can be found here.
Priority #2 Local Scholarships: There are several scholarships available only to SHS students. These are the least competitive scholarships available. See the list of scholarships here. Below the local scholarships are other national scholarships that we get information on occasionally.
Priority #3 Other Scholarship Searches: There are many other scholarships available based on personal characteristics (Left Handed, Red Hair, ethnicity), essay contests, talents and many other attributes. The best way to find the ones that work for you is to use a scholarship search engine. Create and account, enter your personal characteristics and they will search for scholarships for you. Below are listed several.
- Cappex (College Admissions and Scholarship Information)
- Utah Futures (Utah College and Career Information)
- College Board's Big Future (College and Career Information)
- Fastweb (Scholarship Search Engine)
Financial Aid: Seniors wanting to apply for Federal Grants, Loans, Work Study or Government Scholarship should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid after the January 1st previous to the school year that you will attend college.
Scholarships that require special courses:
College Athletic Eligibility (required for athletic scholarships)