Seniors and Scholarships

WHS Counseling Center. September 2021

How to Pay For College! Student presentation and Parent night!

Counselors will be in all senior English classes the week of Sept 21st-24th, to deliver our "How to Pay for College" presentation. This presentation includes information about different types of scholarships, how to find scholarships, and an overview of financial aid. Students will be given time in class to start their scholarship search with counselors available to help.

A "How to Pay For College" night for parents will be held Sept 28th, 7-8pm in the auditorium. This presentation will answer many questions that parents have about scholarships and financial aid. Parents, if this is your first year sending a student off to college, or you want to hear the latest updates about college academic scholarships, you will want to attend!



Did you know that top colleges are actively seeking high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds? Through QuestBridge, students can be considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship at 45 top colleges. Please refer your qualified students so we can reach out to them with more information. The deadline for students to apply is Tuesday, September 28.
Who's qualified? We're looking for students from low-income backgrounds who are academically prepared to excel at a top college. We review applications holistically, so there are no strict cut-offs. These factors can help you determine if you know qualified students:

Academic Achievement
Earn primarily A’s in the most challenging courses available. Display intellectual curiosity and strong writing ability.

Financial Background
Come from households earning <$65,000 annually (for a family of four), with minimal assets. Often eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

Personal Qualities
Exhibit resilience, integrity, and motivation to succeed. Often among the first-generation in their family to attend a four-year college in the U.S.

Sterling Scholars

Students interested in representing Wasatch in one of these categories should attend the informational meeting on Sep. 16th. Two options to attend the meeting: 7:15 in room 515 or 2:40 in the choir room. Email or find Mrs. Bala or Mr. Reynolds with any questions.

General, English, Math, Science, Social Science, Visual Arts, World Languages, Business and Marketing, Dance, Skilled and Technical Education, Speech/Theater/Forensics

Family and Consumer Science

Vocal Performance, Instrumental Performance,

Agricultural Science, Computer Science

Heisman High School Scholarship

Are you a student athlete? Do you have a 3.0 GPA or higher? Check your eligibility for this scholarship at

FIRE’s Annual Free Speech Essay Contest

All juniors and seniors in U.S. high schools, including home-schooled students, as well as U.S. citizens attending high school overseas, are eligible to participate. We'll have a total of 9 winners — with the first-place student receiving a whopping $10,000 scholarship prize.

All they have to do is submit an essay between 700 and 900 words addressing the following prompt:

In a persuasive letter or essay, ​​​​​convince your peers
that free speech is a better idea than censorship.

For hints and submission instructions, please direct your students to our essay contest page. Previous years' winners can be seen here.

And as a little extra incentive, all students who submit an essay and opt in to our FIRE Student Network (for college-bound students) can count on receiving a high-quality FIRE notebook in the mail. We look forward to hearing why your students value free speech and awarding the top essay writers some serious scholarship money.

Opportunity Scholarship

New legislation passed during the 2021 session created a simplified, statewide, achievement-based scholarship—the Opportunity Scholarship. The Opportunity Scholarship will be available to students beginning with the high school graduating class of 2022.

What are the new Opportunity Scholarship requirements?

These requirements were created after examining data from the last five years of Utah high school graduates to identify the top predictors of college success.

  • Earn a 3.3 cumulative high school GPA
  • Complete 3 advanced courses
    • Complete 1 Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or Concurrent Enrollment (CE) course in each of the core areas of high school graduation:
      • math,
      • science, and
      • language arts
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Graduate from a Utah high school

For the class of 2022 only: Students graduating with the class of 2022 may qualify for the Opportunity Scholarship through a Regents’ Track by completing the requirements previously set for the Regents’ Scholarship or the Advanced Course Track by meeting the requirements detailed above. Details regarding Regents’ Track can be found here.

For the class of 2023 and beyond: Students may only qualify for the Opportunity Scholarship by completing the advanced course track described above. No exceptions will be made.

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship

A great scholarship opportunity and several past WHS students have received it! For more details and the application click here!

Applications are due by November 15th, 2021

Park City Elks Lodge/Utah Elks Association Student Scholarship

This scholarship is open to all seniors planning on a technical or vocational education, or a student with special needs. Applications are due by Jan 31, 2022. This is a paper application that must be scanned and sent to:

Pick up a copy of the application in the counseling office.

Questions? contact, 801-243-0690

Colleges- Merit Based Scholarship

Utah State University

Merit-based scholarships-

No Separate Application Required

Many scholarship opportunities for incoming students do not require any action on your part to be considered. When you apply to the university for admission, you are automaticallly considered for these awards. These are generally based on your academic performance prior to USU and as such are often referred to as Academic Scholarships. Some of the academic scholarships are limited based on which USU location you are attending or if you are an international student.

Dixie State University

Freshman Academic Scholarships are now awarded with and without an ACT or SAT score and are now open to ALL first time incoming freshmen. Scholarships will be automatically awarded to first time incoming freshmen, who have never attended another institution after high school graduation, upon full acceptance to Dixie prior to the March 1st deadline.

No application required.

University of Utah

Submit a complete admissions application to the University of Utah by Feb. 1, 2021 to be considered for merit scholarships. Merit scholarships are based on cumulative high school GPA and course rigor. If you are planning on applying for federal aid and need based scholarships, please include your social security number on the admissions application. If your social security number is not provided, it could delay your financial aid offers.The University of Utah Freshman Admissions Early Action Date is Dec. 1, 2020 for the Honors College

Brigham Young University

We encourage all students to complete the online scholarship application, regardless of their circumstances. To be considered for any scholarship offered through the Financial Aid Office, complete the ‘Period’ section and first three sections (Personal, Essays, and Need).

Additional sections of the application are for more specific awards and for each you complete you will be considered.

You must apply for scholarships on or before posted deadlines, even if you have not yet been admitted to the university. Your application for scholarships will be processed once you are admitted. Deadline for Fall 2022 scholarships is December 15, 2021

Utah Valley University

  • Students who have completed the following by March 1st, 2022, 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.

2022-2023 Scholarship Application will open November 1st, 2021
2022-2023 Scholarship Deadline: March 1st, 2022

Weber State University

  1. Apply for admission to Weber State University.

    This application takes 10 minutes and is only done once.

    Apply to Weber

    Bonus! When you're admitted to Weber, you're automatically considered for academic scholarships based on the information you provided on your application.

Salt Lake Community College

SLCC requires a separate application, deadline Feb 1st

HOW TO APPLY: (complete admissions application first)

  1. Visit our online scholarship application site.
  2. Click “Sign in with Your School Account”.
  3. Use your MySLCC username and password to sign in.
  4. Complete and submit the General Application.
  5. Complete any follow-up items listed on the Dashboard.
  6. Check your BruinMail and visit the scholarship application site for updates on the status of your scholarships.


Snow College

No separate application, considered for merit scholarships upon admissions. Deadline for Presidential Scholarship consideration is Nov. 30th. Deadline for other merit-based scholarship is March 1st. Scholarships awarded based on available funds.

Southern Utah University

First-Year Scholarships

No separate scholarship application, submit application for admissions to be considered for merit scholarships. Only one score (GPA or ACT or SAT) is required for all scholarships except President’s. Final amounts are determined after admission to SUU.

  • Only one score (GPA or ACT or SAT) is required for all scholarships except President’s
  • The score that provides each student the best scholarship is used
  • Minimum 2.3 High School GPA required for scholarships awarded based upon ACT or SAT
  • GPA scale is unweighted (4.00 is highest)
  • ACT and SAT scores DO NOT include the Writing sections of the exams and Superscores are not accepted.
  • Full scholarship renewal information and guidelines are provided with online scholarship acceptance

Deadlines to consider:

  • December 1st: President's Scholarship Application Deadline
  • March 1st: Final Scholarship Deadline
  • May 1st: Scholarship Acceptance Deadline