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Paying For College

Go to Utah Futures to learn about the different ways you can pay for college.

Scholarship Tips

Tips for Scholarships

Finding Scholarships:

  1. Don’t fall for scams. you should NEVER pay to get a scholarship. Do not give out personal financial information like bank accounts, credit card information, or your Social Security Number. 
  2. Don’t underestimate small scholarships. The smaller award scholarships are often less competitive. 
  3. Don’t wait until your senior year to look for scholarships, they are available for grades 10-12 all year round!

Before You Apply:

  • Create a scholarship resume (awards, service, experiences, activities, leadership, skills etc.).
  • Use a calendar and checklist to get organized.
  • Prioritize your applications by deadline.

Essay Tips:

  • It’s the story that counts! 
  • Be creative, use fresh language and think outside the box
  • Give examples and be specific.
  • Be passionate in your essay and write about something of interest to you.
  • Proofread a printed copy of the essay for spelling and grammar mistakes.

Additional Tips:

  • Use a professional email address
  • Remove inappropriate and immature material on your social media accounts.
  • Make a photocopy of your application before mailing it.
  • Send the application by certified mail with delivery confirmation.
  • Apply early and often…Apply, apply, apply!

Most Common Application Mistakes:

  • Missing deadlines
  • Failing to follow directions – i.e. essay length
  • Leaving out required information
  • Failing to tailor the application to the sponsor
  • Failing to proofread the application
  • Exaggerating or lying on the application
  • Applying for an award for which you do not qualify
  • Writing a boring or potentially offensive essay.

 Scholarship Toolkit - Keeping a solid scholarship resume is important.  Instead of applying for a job, you’re applying for free money!  This toolkit will help you start your scholarship resume, which you can continue adding to throughout high school.

Current WXHS Scholarships

Davis School District Database

Online Scholarship Databases

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

DACA/Undocumented Students

Military Options

If getting a college education is your priority, the military is one way to meet that goal. From military service academies, military colleges, the ROTC, credit and tuition support programs, there are many options available to young people today.
 

Military options for training/college assistance

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 may be modified each year as a result of legislation. It is important that you use the information found on the Regents website as your resource for the most up-to-date information. 

Regents Scholarship 

The Edge Scholarship (WSU)

Concurrent Enrollment EDGE SCHOLARSHIP 

  • Complete 12 or more credit hours of CE courses in high school
  • Earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on all CE course work
  • Must enroll at Weber State University after high school
  • See above link for more information

New Century Scholarship

The New Century Scholarship encourages Utah high school students to accelerate their education by earning an associate degree in high school from an institution within the Utah System of Higher Education or completing a specific math and science curriculum. The scholarship may be used at any four-year public college or university in the Utah System of Higher Education. The New Century Scholarship may be modified each year as a result of legislation. It is important that you use the New Century website as your resource for the most up-to-date information.

New Century Scholarship