USIYou most likely heard about the Utah Scholars program in the 8th grade when a presenter came into your classroom and talked to you about the benefits of college; why you should go, and what you need to do to get there. This college-readiness program is designed to motivate you to complete specific tasks from 8th grade through the end of your senior year in high school. Utah Scholars tasks include activities like going on a college campus tour, searching and applying for scholarships, submitting the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and more.

A few changes have been made to the requirements for the program and we want you to be aware, so that you can stay on track and earn the Utah Scholars recognition certificate and medallion your senior year…


1. The name of the program has changed

Starting this school year, Utah Scholars will now be called StepUp Utah Scholars.


2. You will complete “Next steps” instead of gaining points

Instead of the program being a point-based system, you will now need to complete 20 items from our grade-by-grade checklists; these are called “Next Steps”. While you can complete the Next Steps at any time, it’s best to do several each year so you stay focused and on track. The complete list is coming soon, but in the meantime, you can check out our shortened list here.


3. Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA throughout high school

You will need to submit a transcript (official or unofficial) your senior year.


4. Submit your application your senior year

The application this year opens November 1, 2017 and closes February 1, 2018.


5. If you are not signed up to be a part of this college readiness program…

…You can sign up here now! If you have questions, feel free to reach out to the StepUp Utah Scholars program manager, Erika at enorton@ushe.edu or you can visit our website.


Erika NortonErika Norton and I am the StepUp Utah Scholars Program Manager. StepUp Utah Scholars is an awesome program that helps students be more prepared for college. Our goal is to help you succeed and achieve your dreams. I started out volunteering with the program and that led to a full-time position three and a half years ago. I’m from Salt Lake City and went to Skyline High School. After high school, I went to to Utah State University and graduated with my bachelor’s degree in anthropology, which is the study of culture and people. I am a huge Aggie and loved going to college in Logan.