New Grade-By-Grade Checklists

By StepUp Utah Scholars Program Manager, Erika Norton – Posted on September 28th, 2017 Here at StepUp Utah our main goal is to help students achieve their big dreams. Do you want to be a video game designer or a doctor? A college degree will help you achieve your goals. We can help you get

Utah Scholars Program Update: What Counselors Need To Know

Launched in the 2006-07 school year, the Utah Scholars Initiative is a college-readiness program that helps students understand why college is important and what they can do in junior high and high school to prepare, pay and succeed in higher education and the workforce. When the program first began, presenters visited 8th grade classrooms to share

Utah Scholars Program Update: What Students Need to Know

You 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

5 Things to Consider When Choosing to Work During College

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – July 1, 2017 If you’re thinking about working while attending college, you’re definitely not alone. A 2015 Georgetown University study found that 70% of college students work during college. Beyond providing money to help you pay for school, working at a job will help you

Personal Statement Writing Tips: The 3-Month Statement

By Burton Rojas, Director of Development for Latinos in Action – June 15, 2017 Recently a student from Alabama got accepted to Yale with a personal statement about pizza. I haven’t read that student’s personal statement but I’m confident it was written in a way that told the readers something important about the writer, not just about pizza. Perhaps

What I Learned Working In A College Prep Class: Utah AVID

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – June 1, 2017 When I first moved from Nevada to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah, my brain was flooded with emotions. For the first few weeks of school, I lived off excitement, adrenaline, and a LOT of coffee. But I was

College Decision Month: Why College is One of the Most Exciting Times of Your Life

Written by Leslie Cepeda – College Access Advisor at Cyprus High School This time of year, high school seniors from all over the United States are making their college decisions. While National College Decision Day is May 1, many Utah high schools celebrate Decision Month all throughout April and May. High school seniors gather during lunch or

Advice from Utah Students: How I Made My College Decision

By Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – April 6, 2017 May 1st was National College Decision Day and the entire month is National College Decision Month. Colleges and universities across the nation asked students to let them know if they planned to attend by May 1st, but it’s not too late to

What to Consider When Making Your College Decision

By Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – April 6, 2017 Making my college decision was tough! I changed my mind at least two or three times when I was deciding where to go to school. In the end, my decision came down to the scholarship offer I received, the location and cost

College Questions from Utah Students: Are you on track to pay for college?

Once a month, we send our Prepare + Pay for College E-Newsletter out to almost 200,000 students, parents, counselors, and educators all over Utah. All are welcome to reply back to our newsletter if they have any college questions about preparing or paying. Our newsletter subject line this week was “Are you on track for college?”