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Educational institutions offer financial incentive

Published: Sunday, Feb. 10 2013 5:50 p.m. MST

Sterling Scholar judges quiz a finalist in this 2011 file photo. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Sterling Scholar judges quiz a finalist in this 2011 file photo. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Semifinal judging of more than 800 Sterling Scholar nominees begins Tuesday

Sterling Scholars 2013: North region nominees

Sterling Scholars 2013: Central region nominees

Sterling Scholars 2013: South region nominees

Most colleges and universities in Utah and Brigham Young University — Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho, offer financial assistance to top students in the Deseret News/KSL Broadcast Group Sterling Scholar Awards Program. Some are offered to winners only, while other institutions may offer scholarships also to runners-up, and even others offer to finalists or even nominees in the program. Several are renewable based on the student's grade point average.

The following are participating educational institutions and their financial assistance for 2013 Sterling Scholars. (Note: Awards are listed as described by the institutions. Exact amounts are not included, due to some changes in fee structures, and some must be made immediately; good for the 2013-2014 school year.)

Bridgerland Applied Technology College, Logan — Full tuition waiver for enrollment in a BATC certificate program beginning within one year of high school graduation to Sterling Scholar winners from the following Northeast Area High Schools: Bear River, Box Elder, Logan Mountain Crest, Sky View and Rich. Recipients must maintain BATC standards of progress and attendance. Visit BATC online at www.batc.edu or call 435-750-3204 or 435-750-3114 for more information.

Brigham Young University, Provo — One-year (two semesters) full LDS tuition scholarships to all category winners in all regions, contingent upon admission to BYU by appropriate deadline. Should you qualify for an academic scholarship at BYU, you will receive whichever scholarship is of greater value. Lea.withers@byu.edu.

Brigham Young University, Rexburg, Idaho — Full-tuition scholarships offered to regional category winners in all regions for one year (two semesters) and half-tuition scholarships for one year (two semesters) to regional category runners-up in all regions, contingent upon admission to BYU-Idaho by the appropriate deadline. Regional category winners and regional category 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 category winners and runners-up, valued at $5,200. Also a scholarship valued up to $4,400 to all high school category Sterling Scholars. 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 3.0 semester GPA.

Dixie State College of Utah, St. George — Dixie State College offers one-year, full-tuition waivers to Sterling Scholar category winners in all regions. 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 regional category winners (valued at $3,060) and one-half LDS tuition to runners-up (valued at $1,530). Also, a full LDS tuition to runners-up in the Business & Marketing category. Scholarship contingent upon student meeting admissions requirements.

Neumont University, South Jordan — Neumont University grants scholarships of up to 25 percent 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 — Full-year tuition waivers (12 to 18 credit hours maximum) for two semesters in an eligible program offered to regional category winners, runners-up and finalists, valued at $2,759. Recipients must enroll in a minimum of nine credit hours (scholarships 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-served basis. Scholarships are nonrenewable 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 .

Southern Utah University, Cedar City — Two-year $2,500 awards to regional Sterling Scholar category winners and runners-up.

University of Utah, Salt Lake City — Renewable full-tuition waivers to all regional category winners for a total value of approximately $27,700 for a maximum of eight semesters or until the student receives a baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first. Recipients must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.6 and complete 24 hours of coursework every two semesters of academic year, namely fall and spring. For additional information about scholarships at the University of Utah, please go to www.sa.utah.edu/finance.

Utah State University, Logan — In addition to any other scholarship received from USU, regional category winners will receive a $2,000 stipend for two years ($500 per semester for four semesters), regional category runners-up will receive a $1,000 stipend for one year ($500 per semester for two semesters); and finalists in the Wasatch Front Region receive a $500 stipend for one year ($250 per semester for two semesters). USU scholarship requirements can be found at www.usu.edu/scholarships. Students must apply for admissions by Dec. 1 to qualify. Winners and runners-up should contact Kate Gildea at kate.gildea@usu.edu and provide a copy of the award.

Utah Valley University, Orem — Any regional winner or regional runner-up is eligible to receive an Exemplary four-year tuition scholarship upon completion of the online scholarship application and meeting the listed requirements including a 3.0 cumulative GPA, along with providing verification of their Sterling Scholar award. To maintain this four-year scholarship, a 3.5 cumulative GPA must be maintained. All high school category winners are eligible for a one-year full-tuition scholarship upon completion of the online scholarship application by the Feb. 1 deadline (waived for Sterling Scholar Awards Program — but you must contact with intent) 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 $2,250). Runners-up will receive partial tuition ($1,350). High school category winners may be eligible for partial-tuition scholarships ($1,350). The Scholarship Office must be notified by July to post the Sterling Scholar Award. Students must be admitted and submit an online scholarship application. Instructions to apply are located at www.weber.edu/GetIntoWeber/undergrads/apply_for_scholarships.html. Recipient must be a Utah resident attending full time, and they must maintain a 2.5 GPA. Students may start applying for 2013-2014 scholarships by Sept. 1.

Westminster College, Salt Lake City — Renewable $3,000 scholarship awards to all regional category winners. Renewable $1,500 scholarship awards to all regional category runners-up. These awards will be granted in addition to any of the merit scholarships offered by Westminster (not to exceed full tuition). Students must maintain good academic standing and satisfactory progress to renew the scholarship for up to eight semesters of study or receipt of bachelor's degree (whichever comes first). Full-time enrollment in the fall semester directly following high school graduation is required.

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