Helpful Information

Opportunity Scholarship Program

The Opportunity Scholarship is a state-wide, achievement-based scholarship.  The requirements for this scholarship were created after examining data of Utah high school graduates to identify the top predictors of college success.  The scholarship requirements are:

  • 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
  • language arts
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) *Completing the FAFSA is required as part of the application process, but federal aid is NOT considered when determining scholarship eligibility
  • Graduate from a Utah high school

The Opportunity Scholarship may only be used at: Salt Lake Community College, Snow College, Southern Utah University, The University of Utah, Utah State University, Utah Tech University, Utah Valley University, Weber State University, Brigham Young University (Provo), Ensign College, Western Governors University, and Westminster University. 

Prime Scholarship Program

The Prime Scholarship is a state-wide, achievement-based scholarship.  The Prime Scholarship is awarded to students who earn the TRANSFORM certificate granted by the Utah State Board of Education. 

To earn a TRANSFORM certificate, students must complete five concurrent enrollment general education courses, each from a different category (Written Communication, Quantitative Literacy, American Institutions, Fine Arts, Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences)


Complete at least six courses or 300 hours of a CTE (career and technical education) program at. Utah Technical College. 

Applicants must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Award amount is $500, subject to available funding.  

The Prime Scholarship may only be used at: Salt Lake Community College, Snow College, Southern Utah University, The University of Utah, Utah State University, Utah Tech University, Utah Valley University, Weber State University, Brigham Young University (Provo), Ensign College, Western Governors University, Westminster University, as well as any of the eight public technical colleges in Utah.

Scholarship Resources

The Counseling Center is frequently receiving information about scholarships; check this page often for upcoming opportunities. Click on a specific month (found above) to find descriptions of scholarships with a deadline occurring in that month. A hyperlink to an application/webpage will be included in the scholarship description.

Scholarship search engines and websites are another great way to look for unique scholarships or scholarships that have not been advertised through the IECHS Counseling Center. Try these links to access scholarships:

Colleges and Universities have scholarship and financial aid offices to assist incoming students with applications and opportunities to pay for college. Many scholarship applications that are specific to a college or university are available online. Use the following links to access scholarship applications and resources at local institutions of higher education.

Scholarships for Hispanic Students

Scholarship Resources That May Not Inquire about Citizenship Status: scholarships for Hispanic and Latino students scholarships for minority students

Purdue Global Scholarships for Minority Students scholarships for minority students

Guide to Paying for College for People with Disabilities– Getting a college degree is hard enough, but it presents a different set of challenges for people who have disabilities. If you have a disability, this guide can help you determine how to get financial aid, and access scholarships meant for people with disabilities.

Scholarships for LGBTQ+ Students: LGBTQ students face a variety of obstacles, financial ones included.  They may have less support from their families and more demands on their expenses.  LGBTQ students might also have fewer resources to work with, as some may choose not to fill out the FAFSA because of hesitancy over selecting a gender.

Guide to College Scholarships & Financial Aid for Black Students- Applying to and affording college is a challenge for most college students, including black college students.  This comprehensive guide offers tips for accessing financial aid and finding scholarship opportunities to help bring down the cost of higher education.  

Going to an out of state college? The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program through which students in participating states may enroll in designated two-year and four-year institutions and programs in other participating states at a special, reduced tuition level. Tuition for WUE students is the regular in-state tuition plus 50 percent of that amount. In all programs, the cost to WUE students is substantially less than the nonresident tuition. Students do not need to demonstrate financial need to receive the WUE tuition benefit.

Elite Personal Finance Comprehensive Guide to College Scholarships Here at Elite Personal Finance, we’ve written a truly comprehensive guide explaining what scholarships there are, how you can get them, and how any prospective undergraduate student can take advantage of what’s available. That includes current high school students, people who graduated high school or got their GED, and military personnel. This website also includes links to information about credit cards, identity theft, loans, and more!

LendEDU’s Guide to College Scholarships Search for scholarships by brand, by state, by major, for the military, by trait, by race, by religion, by school, by skill, as well as miscellaneous and weird scholarships. This site also includes tips on applying for scholarships and other financial aid information.

Volunteer to increase your scholarship earning potential. Giving back to your community can boost your scholarship resume. If you are looking for local volunteer opportunities, Utah Volunteer Center Association, Just Serve, and YouthLinc have opportunities waiting for you.