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Academic Merit:
Academic Merit Scholarships will be selected from current high school seniors who meet the academic criteria.

Academic Merit

The Utah Resident Freshman Academic Merit Scholarships will be selected from current high school seniors who demonstrate that they meet the academic criteria (see the graphic below).

2024-2025 Scholarship Deadline: March 1, 2024

Required GPA and ACT/SAT scores:

*The unweighted GPA is used. GPA is not rounded.

GPA, SAT, and ACT qualification

P = Presidential

Renewal Information

4 years (8 semesters) or until a bachelor's degree is received, whichever comes first.
3.6 Cumulative GPA
15 Credits each semester

Can it be deferred?

Yes

Scholarship Amount

Pays full tuition and general student fees. May owe other fees for coursework.

E = Exemplary

Renewal Information

4 years (8 semesters) or until a bachelor's degree is received, whichever comes first.
3.5 Cumulative GPA
15 Credits each semester

Can it be deferred?

Yes

Scholarship Amount

Prior to the 2024-2025 year:

Pays $4,000 each year ($2,000 Fall semester and $2,000 Spring semester).

Beginning with the 2024-2025 year:

Pays $5,000 each year ($2,500 Fall semester and $2,500 Spring semester).

Students will owe the remaining tuition, general student fees (as notated on the Current Tuition Tables), and other fees associated with their coursework.

O = Outstanding

Renewal Information

2 years (4 semesters) with a 3.2 cumulative GPA renewal. Beginning with students who graduate high school in 2022: Potential renewal for an additional 2 years (totaling 4 years/8 semesters) with a 3.5 cumulative GPA at the end of year 2 and going forward.

Must take 12 credits each semester.

Can it be deferred?

Yes

Scholarship Amount

Pays $3,500 each year ($1,750 Fall semester and $1,750 Spring semester). Students will owe the remaining tuition, general student fees (as notated on the Current Tuition Tables), and other fees associated with their coursework.

How to Apply

  1. Complete UVU Admission's Application.
  2. Provide the Admissions Office with an official copy of your high school transcript. This transcript should be dated between August 1 through March 1 of your senior year. 
  3. Submit ACT or SAT Scores.

Even though UVU Academic Merit scholarships do not require a scholarship application, we encourage students to complete the scholarship application to see what other opportunities might be available.

Scholarship Application

Automatic Considerations

  • Students who have completed the following by March 1, 2024, will automatically be considered.
  • Complete UVU Admission's Application.
  • Provide the Admissions Office with an official copy of your high school transcript.
  • Submit ACT or SAT Scores.
  • If you meet the Utah Resident Freshman Academic Merit Scholarship criteria, you will automatically be considered for the scholarship.

Exceptional Performance:
Exceptional PerformanceExceptional Performance scholarships are based on talent in specific areas.

Exceptional Performance

Exceptional Performance scholarships are based on talent in specific areas.

2024-2025 Deadline: March 1, 2024

Eligibility

Each Exceptional Performance scholarship will have different eligibility requirements.

Auditions, interviews, or tryouts may be required. Contact the department for details.

How to Apply

  • Complete the scholarship application
  • Select all scholarship opportunities you are interested in applying for.

Scholarship Application

Award

Exceptional Performance award amounts vary depending on the specific scholarship.

If awarded, the amount can be viewed in your award offer found in ScholarshipUniverse.

Leadership Programs:
These are scholarships that are available to students in the L.E.A.D. Program.

Leadership Programs

These are scholarships that are available to students in the L.E.A.D. Program.

About Leadership Programs

Dean's Merit
Dean’s Merit scholarships are based on your major.

Dean's Merit

Dean’s Merit scholarships are based on your major.

2024-2025 Deadline: March 1, 2024

Eligibility

  • Major specific with additional criteria determined by the department
  • Must be a Utah Resident
  • GPA requirements vary from 2.5-3.5 determined by the department.

How to Apply

  • Complete the scholarship application
  • Select all scholarships you are interested applying for
  • Complete all other required information. Some Dean’s Merit scholarships require an essay
    • The following areas require the general application to be submitted:
      • School of Arts
      • College of Health and Public Service
      • College of Humanities/Social Services
      • College of Science
      • College of Engineering & Technology
      • Wasatch Campus
    • The following areas require the general application and require an essay:
      • Woodbury School of Business
      • School of Education

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Award

Award amounts vary depending on the specific scholarship.

If awarded, the amount can be viewed in your award offer found in ScholarshipUniverse.

Need Based:
Scholarships based on a student's ability to demonstrate financial need by completing the FAFSA.

Need Based

Need Based scholarships are based on a student’s ability to demonstrate financial need by completing the FAFSA.

Eligibility

Each Need Based scholarship will have different eligibility requirements.

These requirements may be viewed in ScholarshipUniverse.

How to Apply

  • Complete the scholarship application
  • Select all scholarship opportunities you are interested applying for
  • Complete the FAFSA

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Award

  • Need Based award amounts vary depending on the specific scholarship.
  • If awarded, the amount can be viewed in your award offer found in ScholarshipUniverse.

Sterling Scholars
These scholarships are available to students who were publicly recognized and awarded as a Sterling Scholar their senior year of high school in Utah.

Sterling Scholars

These scholarships are available to current high school seniors who were publicly recognized and awarded as a Sterling Scholar their senior year of high school in Utah.

Deadline: May 15th

Award Details

  • Region Winners:
    • This award is for four years or until you receive your Bachelor's degree, whichever is sooner.
    • $2000 per semester.
  • Region Runners-Up:
    • This award is for two years only.
    • $1750 per semester.
  • High School Winners:
    • This award is for one year only.
    • $1000 per semester.

Eligibility

  • Must be an incoming freshman.
  • Must be a Utah Resident.
  • Must have a 3.0 High School GPA.

How to Apply

Complete the scholarship application.

Provide verification of Sterling Scholar Award.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Renewal Criteria

The following criteria is reviewed at the end of each semester. Failure to maintain this criteria will result in the cancellation of your scholarship opportunity.

  • Region Winners:
    • Must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
    • Must earn 15 credits each semester.
  • Region Runners-Up:
    • Must have a 3.2 cumulative GPA.
    • Must earn 12 credits each semester.
  • High School Winners:
    • Must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
    • Must earn 12 credits each semester.

Private Scholarships
Large corporations, small businesses, families, and individuals donate through the Make A Gift program to allow students the chance to qualify for privately funded scholarship awards.

Private Scholarships

Large corporations, small businesses, families, and individuals donate through the Make A Gift program to allow students the chance to qualify for privately funded scholarship awards.

Eligibility

  • Each Private scholarship will have different eligibility requirements. These requirements may be viewed in ScholarshipUniverse.
  • Need-Based scholarships require the completion of a FAFSA.
  • Academic scholarships are scored based on your GPA and credit hours completed at UVU.
  • 3.0 GPA Minimum is Required
  • Cannot have a previous Bachelor's degree

How to Apply

  • Complete the scholarship application
  • Select all scholarships you are interested applying for
  • For need-based, complete the FAFSA.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Award

Award amounts vary depending on the specific scholarship.

If awarded, the amount can be viewed in your award offer found in ScholarshipUniverse

Greenlight:
UVU will cover the difference between what a student receives in a Pell Grant and the cost of tuition up to 120 credit hours.

Greenlight

The Greenlight Scholarship will cover the difference between what a student receives in a Pell Grant and the cost of tuition, up to 120 credit hours. This scholarship is funded in part by the Utah Promise Program through USHE and institutional waivers. 

2024-2025 Priority Deadline: March 1, 2024

Eligibility

  • Complete the FAFSA and receive a Pell Grant each year.
  • Be a Utah resident.
  • Enrolled on a full-time basis (at least 12 credits).
  • Priority given to first-year and second-year students admitted with a complete financial aid file by March 1.
  • Must have attempted fewer than 120 credit hours.

How to Apply

  • Be admitted to UVU.
  • Complete the FAFSA and be awarded a Pell Grant by March 1 (to receive first priority).
  • No scholarship application is required. UVU will award the scholarships automatically.

Award

UVU will cover the difference between what a student receives in a Pell Grant and the cost of tuition, up to 120 credit hours. This is only tuition and does not include general student fees or course fees.

A portion of this funding is a waiver and may not be combined with other waivers.

Example:
UVU tuition per semester: $2,561
Student receives Pell Grant for $1,000
Difference: $1,561
UVU provides a scholarship for $1,561
Tuition balance: $0

Honors:
Honors Program Tuition and Housing scholarships are based on potential for innovation, creativity, and intellectual inquiry.

Honors Program

Honors Program Tuition and Housing scholarships are based on potential for innovation, creativity, and intellectual inquiry.

Eligibility

Write two short admissions essays (prompts provided)

No minimum GPA or test score required to apply

We admit between 150 and 200 students annually based on:

  • Potential for innovation, creativity, and intellectual inquiry
  • High school and / or college GPA
  • ACT or SAT scores
  • Prior academic work
  • A writing samples via the essays
  • Demonstrated commitment to high achievement

How to Apply

GO TO HONORS PROGRAM WEBSITE FOR APPLICATION INFORMATION

Complete the Program application via Connect

Select all scholarship opportunities you are interested in applying for

Honors Application

Award

Honors Program Tuition Award amounts vary from $500 to $1500 for up to eight semesters.

Honors Program Housing Award pays a portion of the rent (roughly 50%) and students pay the remainder plus utilities for up to two years.

If awarded, the amount can be viewed in your award offer found in ScholarshipUniverse.

Nonresident Scholarships

Academic Merit:
Presidential, Exemplary, and Nonresident Wavier

Academic Merit

The Non-Resident Freshman Academic Merit Scholarships will be selected from current high school seniors who demonstrate that they meet the academic criteria.

2024-2025 Deadline: March 1, 2024

Required GPA and ACT/SAT scores:

*The unweighted GPA is used. GPA is not rounded.

Only 10 Non-Resident Presidential Scholarships are offered.

Only 10 Non-Resident Exemplary Scholarships are offered.

GPA, SAT, and ACT qualification

P = Presidential

Only 10 Non-Resident Presidential scholarships are available.

Renewal Information

4 years (8 semesters) or until a bachelor's degree is received, whichever comes first.
3.6 Cumulative GPA
15 Credits each semester

Can it be deferred?

Yes

Scholarship Amount

Pays full tuition.


Students will owe general student fees (as notated on the Current Tuition Tables), and other fees associated with their coursework.

E = Exemplary

Only 10 Non-Resident Exemplary scholarships are available.

Renewable

4 years (8 semesters) or until a bachelor's degree is received, whichever comes first.
3.5 Cumulative GPA
15 Credits each semester

Can it be deferred?

Yes

Scholarship Amount

Pays $6,200 per semester (Fall and Spring).


Students will owe the remaining tuition, general student fees (as notated on the Current Tuition Tables), and other fees associated with their coursework.

N = Non-Resident Waiver

Renewal Information

This is a 2 semester scholarship and is not renewable.

Can it be deferred?

No

Award Amount

Pays $5,000 per semester (Fall and Spring).

Students will owe the remaining tuition, general student fees (as notated on the Current Tuition Tables), and other fees associated with their coursework.

How to Apply

  1. Complete UVU Admission's Application.
  2. Provide the Admissions Office with an official copy of your high school transcript.
  3. Submit ACT or SAT Scores.

Automatic Considerations

  • Students who have completed the Admissions process by March 1, 2024 will automatically be considered.
  • If you meet the Non-Resident Freshman Academic Merit Scholarship criteria, you will automatically be considered for the scholarship.

Exceptional Performance:
Exceptional Performance scholarships are based on talent in specific areas.

Exceptional Performance

Exceptional Performance scholarships are based on talent in specific areas.

2024-2025 Deadline: March 1, 2024

Eligibility

Each Exceptional Performance scholarship will have different eligibility requirements.

Auditions, interviews, or tryouts may be required. Contact the department for details.

How to Apply

  • Complete the scholarship application
  • Select all scholarship opportunities you are interested in applying for.

Scholarship Application

Award

Exceptional Performance award amounts vary depending on the specific scholarship.

If awarded, the amount can be viewed in your award offer found in ScholarshipUniverse.

Leadership Programs:
These are scholarships that are available to students in the L.E.A.D. Program.

Leadership Programs

These are scholarships that are available to students in the L.E.A.D. Program.

About Leadership Programs

WUE:
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is for students who are residents of specific western states. Time spent in Utah, while receiving a WUE, does not count towards establishing residency for tuition purposes.

Fall Deadline: August 1st

Spring Deadline: December 1st

Eligibility

  • Must be a legal resident of one of the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federal States of Micronesia, and American Samoa. 
  • Must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA to apply
  • Must enroll and earn 12 credit hours each semester
  • Must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Must be enrolled in an eligible WUE degree program. Non-eligible degree programs: Global Aviation, Nursing, High School Concurrent Enrollment, Integrated Studies, Personal Interest, and English Language Learning (ELL)
  • Must upload one of the following when applying:
    • A copy of a valid driver's license from your state of residency
    • A copy of a valid government issued ID from your state of residency

How to Apply

  • Complete the scholarship application
  • Select WUE from the scholarship opportunities list

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Award

  • Student's pay 150% of the resident tuition, the remaining amount is waived
  • Student Fees
  • Course Fees
  • Is renewable for up to 10 semesters

Border Waiver:
This scholarship is available to students who are within 100 highway miles from UVU’s Orem or Wasatch campuses.

Border Waiver

This scholarship is available to students who are within 100 highway miles from UVU’s Orem or Wasatch campuses.

Eligibility

Incoming nonresident Freshman undergraduate who has not previously been enrolled in any other college or university.

The High Schools listed below qualify:

  • Evanston High School, Evanston Wyoming
  • Kemmerer High School, Kemmerer Wyoming
  • Mountain View High School, Mountain View Wyoming
  • Lyman High School, Lyman Wyoming
  • Must enroll and earn 12 credit hours each semester
  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher to apply (GPA is unweighted)
  • Have an overall ACT score of 22 or higher to qualify

How to Apply

  • Complete the scholarship application

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Award

  • Waives the non-resident portion of tuition so that students pay only the resident tuition rates.
  • The scholarship is renewable for up to eight semesters, as long as GPA and credit hour requirements are met each semester.

Private
Large corporations, small businesses, families, and individuals donate through the Make A Gift program to allow students the chance to qualify for privately funded scholarship awards.

Private Scholarships

Large corporations, small businesses, families, and individuals donate through the Make A Gift program to allow students the chance to qualify for privately funded scholarship awards.

Eligibility

  • Each Private scholarship will have different eligibility requirements. These requirements may be viewed in ScholarshipUniverse.
  • Need-Based scholarships require the completion of a FAFSA.
  • Academic scholarships are scored based on your GPA and credit hours completed at UVU.
  • 3.0 GPA Minimum is Required
  • Cannot have a previous Bachelor's degree

How to Apply

  • Complete the scholarship application
  • Select all scholarships you are interested applying for
  • For need-based, complete the FAFSA.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Award

Award amounts vary depending on the specific scholarship.

If awarded, the amount can be viewed in your award offer found in ScholarshipUniverse.

Honors Program
Honors Program Tuition and Housing scholarships are based on potential for innovation, creativity, and intellectual inquiry.

Honors Program

Honors Program Tuition and Housing scholarships are based on potential for innovation, creativity, and intellectual inquiry.

Eligibility

Write two short admissions essays (prompts provided)

No minimum GPA or test score required to apply

We admit between 150 and 200 students annually based on:

  • Potential for innovation, creativity, and intellectual inquiry
  • High school and / or college GPA
  • ACT or SAT scores
  • Prior academic work
  • A writing samples via the essays
  • Demonstrated commitment to high achievement

How to Apply

GO TO HONORS PROGRAM WEBSITE FOR APPLICATION INFORMATION

Complete the Program application via Connect

Select all scholarship opportunities you are interested in applying for

Honors Application

Award

Honors Program Tuition Award amounts vary from $500 to $1500 for up to eight semesters.

Honors Program Housing Award pays a portion of the rent (roughly 50%) and students pay the remainder plus utilities for up to two years.

If awarded, the amount can be viewed in your award offer found in ScholarshipUniverse.

 
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