Sterling Scholar

In 1960, the Deseret News created the Sterling Scholar Awards as a way to recognize high school seniors who achieve educational excellence in 14 categories of scholarship.

Scholarships are awarded in the areas of Business & Marketing, Computer Technology, Dance, English, Family & Consumer Science, Instrumental Music, Mathematics, Science, Skilled & Technical Sciences, Social Science, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics, Visual Arts, Vocal Performance and World Languages.

Judges and supporters of Sterling Scholar Program

We would like to thank the following educational institutions, businesses and individuals for providing judges or helping to judge the Deseret News/KSL 5 Television... Read more »

March 23, 2011


Desert Hills student wins essay contest

Tasha Straub, a senior from Desert Hills High School, won the "Who Mentored You?" Essay Contest. This contest was available to Southern Utah high school students.... Read more »

March 18, 2011


Sifting the Scholars: Sterling hopefuls compete in the final round of judging

The contents of Murray High School seemed anything but typical Wednesday afternoon, as 195 ambitious teenagers were interviewed for the last time by a star-studded... Read more »

March 3, 2011


Sterling Scholar nominees called 'leaders,' 'best of the best'

Nervousness was a common feeling at Timpview High School Wednesday after school as hundreds of seniors in business attire waited to be interviewed for one of the most... Read more »

Feb. 17, 2011


2011 Sterling Scholar finalists

The 195 finalists for the Deseret News-KSL 5 Television Sterling Scholar competitions are listed below according to category and region. The following will compete in... Read more »

Feb. 16, 2011

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Financial assistance for Sterling Scholars

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 5... Read more »

Feb. 15, 2011

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Class of 2011: State's biggest award for students ramps up

Continuing a 50-year tradition, Sterling Scholar directors from Deseret News and KSL 5 Television began planning as soon as last year's program concluded to ensure... Read more »

Feb. 15, 2011