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Sterling Scholar Awards: Financial assistance

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Most colleges and universities in Utah and Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg, ID, offer financial assistance to top students in the Deseret News KSL 5 Television Sterling Scholar Awards program. Some are offered to winners only while other institutions may offer scholarships also to runners up. Some financial assistance also is offered to finalists or even nominees in the program. Several are renewable based on the student's grade point average. Therefore, you can see the awards vary. The following are participating educational institutions and their financial assistance for 2011 Sterling Scholars.

Bridgerland Applied Technology College, Logan — Full tuition waiver for enrollment in a full-time preparatory program beginning within one year of high school graduation to all winners. Runners-up will receive half tuition waivers. Visit BATC on-line at www.batc.edu

Brigham Young University, Provo — One-year (two-semesters) full LDS tuition scholarships to all regional winners contingent upon admission to BYU by the appropriate deadline and maintaining good academic standing. Should you qualify for an academic scholarship at BYU, you will receive whichever scholarship is of greater value. lesa_withers@byu.edu

Brigham Young University-Idaho, Rexburg, ID — Full tuition scholarships offered to regional winners for one year (two semesters) and half-tuition scholarships for one year (two semesters) to regional runners-up, contingent upon admission to BYU-Idaho by the appropriate deadline. Regional winners and regional runners-up may not receive more than full tuition from BYU-Idaho for any one semester.

Utah State University-College of Eastern Utah, Price — A two year scholarship, including student fees, to all regional winners and runners-up, valued at $4,800. Also, a scholarship valued up to $4,400 to all Sterling Scholars in each category named from their high school. If you qualify for an academic scholarship, you will receive the scholarship of greater value. Scholarships contingent upon recipients maintaining 12 credit hours per semester and a 3.000 semester GPA.

Dixie State College of Utah, St. George — Dixie State College offers one-year, full tuition waivers to Utah High School Sterling Scholar Winners ($2,940 value). Sterling Scholar scholarships, when used in conjunction with any other scholarships awarded from Dixie State College, cannot exceed the cost of full tuition. To claim this scholarship, the student must be admitted to Dixie State College and submit a copy of their Sterling Scholar Certificate to the scholarship coordinator. Contact Sue Perschon at sperschon@dixie.edu

LDS Business College, Salt Lake City — One-year full LDS tuition to winners (valued at $2,900) and one-half LDS tuition to runners-up (valued at $1,450). Also, a full LDS tuition to runners-up in Business & Marketing Education. Scholarship contingent upon student meeting admissions requirements.

Neumont University, South JordanNew Mountain Scholarship — Up to 25% of the Cost of Tuition — To encourage the enrollment of highly qualified students, Neumont University grants scholarships of up to 25% of tuition costs for students who demonstrate superior academic competency and skills. Students awarded tuition scholarships are not eligible for other institutional scholarships awarded by the University.

Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City — (4) Full-year tuition waivers to offer (12 to 18 credit hours maximum) for two semesters in an eligible program offered to winners, runners up and finalists, valued at $2,376. Recipients must enroll in a minimum of nine credit hours (scholarship amount based on tuition for enrolled credit hours). Students are required to pay individual fees. Scholarship may be added to other awards but not in all cases. Sterling Scholar scholarships are given on a first-come, first serve basis. Scholarships are non-renewable and limited. Recipients must provide a copy of certificate or newspaper clipping of award.

Snow College, Ephraim — A two-year resident tuition scholarship is offered to a regional winner or runner-up in any Sterling Scholar category. This scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with an academic scholarship. To be eligible for any scholarship, students must submit the application for admissions and scholarships, postmarked on or before the new student scholarship deadline. Students 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 www.snow.edu

University of Utah, Salt Lake City — Northeast Utah, Central Utah, Southwest Utah and Southeast Utah, one year (two semesters) tuition waiver valued at approximately $5,800 to any winners. Wasatch Front, four year (8 semesters) tuition waiver valued at approximately $27,000 to any winners and runners-up. Tuition for a maximum of 18 course hours per semester is covered. Recipients are responsible for mandatory fees and may enroll for a maximum of 18 credit hours per semester. All students are invited to apply for general (freshman) scholarships by February 1. For additional information about scholarships, please check our website www.sa.utah.edu/finance.

Utah State University, Logan — In addition to any other scholarship received from USU, regional winners will receive a $2,000 stipend for one year ($1,000 per semester); regional runners-up will receive a $1,000 stipend for one year. ($500 per semester) and Finalists in the Wasatch Front Region receive a $500 stipend for one year ($250 per semester). USU scholarship requirements can be found at www.usu.edu/scholarships. Students must apply for admissions by February 1st to qualify. Winners and runners-up should contact Katie Nielsen, Associate Director of Recruitment, at katie.nielsen@usu.edu and provide a copy of the award.

Utah Valley University, Orem — Any Regional winner or Region runner-up is eligible to receive an Exemplary four-year tuition Scholarship upon completion of the on-line scholarship application and meeting the listed requirements including a 3.0 cumulative GPA, along with providing verification of their Sterling Scholar award. All high school category winners are eligible for a one-year full tuition scholarship upon completion of the on-line scholarship application by the February 1 deadline and the listed requirements including a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Instructions to apply are located at www.uvu.edu/financialaid/scholarships

Weber State University, Ogden — Regional winners will be awarded one year partial tuition ($2,100). Runners-up will receive partial tuition ($1,000). High School winners may be eligible for partial tuition scholarships ($1,000). The Scholarship Office must be notified by May 5th of any Sterling Scholar Awards. Recipient must maintain a 2.5 GPA. Students may start applying for scholarships by October 1st each year.

Westminster College, Salt Lake City — Renewable full-tuition scholarship to all winners, valued at $25,560. Renewable half-tuition scholarships to all runners-up, valued at $12,780. Students must maintain good academic standing and satisfactory progress to renew the scholarship for up to eight semesters of study or receipt of bachelors degree (whichever comes first). Full-time enrollment is required. Students who have been awarded an incoming merit-based scholarship (Presidential, Deans, Founders or Westminster) from Westminster and are also a Winner or Runner-up in the five Sterling Scholar Regional competitions will receive the single scholarship with the higher amount.

NOTE: Awards are listed as described by the institutions. Exact amounts are not included due to some changes in fee structures, and some restrictions may apply. Application must be made immediately; good for the 2011-2012 school year. **Above subject to change.