August/September Scholarships

The Gates Scholarship
The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of these student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential.
Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance* that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the methodology used by a Scholar’s college or university.
*Cost of attendance includes tuition, fees, room, board, books, and transportation, and may include other personal costs.

To apply, students must be:

  • A high school senior
  • From at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American
  • Pell-eligible
  • A US citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • In good academic standing with a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) 

An ideal candidate will have:

  • An outstanding academic record in high school (in the top 10% of his/her graduating class)
  • Demonstrated leadership ability (e.g., as shown through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities)
  • Exceptional personal success skills (e.g., emotional maturity, motivation, perseverance, etc.)

Amount: Up to full cost including tuition, fees, room and board
Deadline:  9/15/ 2020
Eligible Grade: 12

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest
For high school seniors to write essays on topics related to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. One entry per high school student.  Email essays to:

Amount: $100-$25,000
Deadline: 09/21/2020
​Eligible grade: 12

QuestBridge National College Match
QuestBridge seeks students who have demonstrated a level of academic achievement that meets the admissions standards of our partner colleges. Students must demonstrate evidence of financial hardship and obstacles they have overcome. They are in the top 5% or 10% of their class. They have strong grades in challenging classes and high standardized test scores. Their household income is less than $65,000 a year. Often they are among the first generation in their family to attend college.

Amount: Varies
Deadline: 9/29/2020
Eligible grade: 12

Make Your Mark Bookmark Contest
Great books deserve great bookmarks. Utah students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to design a bookmark to be submitted to the Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP) 2018 “Make Your Mark” Bookmark Contest. Winning entries will be awarded a $1,000 UESP college savings scholarship.

  • must submit book mark design on the official entry form
  • must completely fill out the student information box
  • all entries can be submitted two ways:

                          mail to:                                                              overnight or hand delivery:
                          my529                                                               my529
                          2018 Make Your Mark                                       State Board of Regents Building
                          Bookmark Contest                                            Gateway 2
                          PO Box 145100                                                60 South 400 West
                          Salt Lake City, UT  84114-5100                        Salt Lake City, UT  84101-1284

The bookmark designs must be submitted on the official UESP and Zions Bank entry form. Entries not on the official entry form will not be considered.

Amount: $1,000
Deadline: September 30, 2020
Eligible grade: All