Promise Scholarship

The Access Utah Promise Scholarship (“Promise Scholarship”) – is the first ever statewide needs-based scholarship program in Utah. The scholarship will be available not only for students right out of high school but for adult learners as well at both Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) and Utah System of Technical Colleges (UTECH) institutions.

To qualify for a Promise Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Not have previously earned an associate degree or higher postsecondary degree
  • Be a resident of the State of Utah
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Accept all other grants, tuition and/or fee waivers, and scholarships offered to the applicant to attend the institution in which the applicant enrolls
  • Maintain academic good standing as defined by the institution at which they attend.

An institution shall establish criteria to assess an applicant’s financial need. The criteria shall use quantifiable, need-based measures (for example, institutions may establish a range with a minimum and maximum Expected Family Contribution (EFC) based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid within which an eligible recipient’s EFC must fall to be eligible for an award). If an institution does not have enough appropriated Promise Scholarship funds or other funding sources to award all eligible applicants, it may establish procedures to prioritize which applicants will receive awards based on financial need. 


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  • Given by college or technical college that you are attending in Utah

General Scholarship Information

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Types of Scholarships

Scholarships are based on students GPA and ACT score (index number). Index numbers for scholarships vary in each college and for each award.

Scholarships awarded in several areas such as music, dance, marching band, arts, forensics/debate, newspaper staff, rodeo and varsity athletics. Each department has individual criteria. Amounts for talent scholarships vary. Applicants should complete a scholarship application and make arrangements with department heads for auditions.

Scholarships for students who have shown outstanding leadership in high school and the community. Students should be prepared to serve on leadership committees.

Scholarships are awarded to students excelling in specific areas who show potential for academic success in a chosen major. Students apply to their chosen department. 

Most schools offer scholarship money to Regional and State Sterling Scholar winners. Most schools offer scholarship money to students who have achieved National Merit winner status which is determined by a score on the PSAT/NMSQT.

Many schools offer one year tuition waiver, student fees and stipend, renewable up to 4 years. Students assist with recruitment, orientation and student life functions.

Scholarships for Utah Residents 

Utah CTE Scholarships:
Awards are available to graduating seniors who plan to pursue Career and Technical Education training after high school. 

TH Bell Teaching Incentive Scholarship:
Tuition scholarship program that aims to recruit first-generation students into teaching, encourage outstanding students to work in high-need fields, and recognize teaching as a critically important career in Utah .

On-line Resources

District database:
Go to the Davis School District web site. Look under “Parents and Family,” and then click on “Scholarship Database,” and then “Scholarships.”

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