Sterling Scholar Awards: Categories

Published: Monday, Dec. 20 2010 3:00 p.m. MST


For the Wasatch Front program, public recognition will be given to all nominees, finalists, winners and runners-up through media exposure. The two runners-up in each category will receive a cash award of $250 in addition to scholarship opportunities. One winner in each category will receive a cash award of $1,000, plus be eligible for scholarships as well as a chance to win the all around "General Sterling Scholar" Award granted to one of the 13 category winners, which includes an additional $1,500 cash award. (Cash awards may vary from year to year.)

The Sterling Scholar Awards will recognize 13 different categories of nominees from each high school.

After semi and final judging competitions have been held, additional judges will be brought in to determine "The General Sterling Scholar" from among the winners in each of the other 13 categories. In order to determine the "General Sterling Scholar" winner, judges will utilize portfolio information as well as previous judging information. No interviews will occur. Judging criteria will remain the same, in that each of the 13 winners will be judged on Scholarship, Leadership and Community Service/Citizenship as applied to their own category. The overall "General Sterling Scholar" winner will be named in the final moments of the awards ceremony after all 13 winners and 26 runners-up have been recognized. There will be no runners-up to the "General Sterling Scholar."

The awards are for the following catgories:


For scholarship and achievement in one or more of the following areas: creative writing, English, journalism, literature and related subjects. Two examples of work, either published or prepared as classroom assignments, must be submitted. There will be an additional four, single-sided portfolio pages allowed for this submission. The quality of thought, maturity, originality and technical skill will be considered.


For scholarship and achievement in mathematics and related areas. Scholars may exhibit outstanding records in mathematics competitions and evidence of potential contributions to mathematical knowledge. Nominees should be prepared to calculate a mathematical equation(s) in the judging interviews. Students should submit state and national math scores and other standardized mathematics test scores.

Social Science

For scholarship and achievement in one or more of the following areas: American government, geography, history, economics, social issues, world affairs and/or related subjects. Scholars should have a broad background in the social sciences and demonstrate, exemplify and practice good citizenship. The nominees may have shown inventiveness in relating social studies to existing problems and in translating concepts into experiment.


For scholarship and achievement in advanced work, inventiveness or outstanding service in one or more of the following areas: biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, health science, science and related subjects. Imagination, originality or special contributions will receive major consideration in judging.

Foreign Language

For outstanding scholarship and persistence in the study of a foreign language. Students should have made unusual contributions to the field of foreign language study or demonstrated increasing interest in such studies at their school. Rankings received in foreign language festivals should be submitted. Students should also submit a brief resume of language projects or adventures in which they have participated. Nominees should be prepared to demonstrate their ability to communicate in the language of speaking, listening, reading and writing. PLEASE NOTE: A foreign-born student attending an English-speaking high school may not use English or their native tongue as a "foreign language."

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