State of Utah Scholarships – 2019 Updates

This year, four major scholarships offered from the State of Utah have been updated. These scholarships include two academic, one new need-based scholarship, and one teaching scholarship.

NEW: Utah Promise Scholarship (need-based)

The Utah Promise Scholarship is the first-ever statewide needs-based scholarship program in Utah. It is available to recent high school graduates and adult learners at Utah’s public colleges and universities, as well as Utah’s public technical colleges. The Utah Promise Scholarship will cover up to tuition and fees for up to two years. The Utah Promise Scholarship is patterned after Dream Weber and SLCC Promise in accordance with HB 260, Access Utah Promise Scholarship.

T. H. Bell Education Scholarship (for future educators)

The T.H. Bell Scholarship is for those intent on entering the teaching profession in Utah. It can be used at all public or private institutions in Utah that offer an approved program including Brigham Young University, Dixie State University, Salt Lake Community College, Snow College, Southern Utah University, University of Utah, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Weber State University, Western Governors University, and Westminster College. Changes include:

  • This program was previously the T. H. Bell Teaching Incentive Loan Program, but in accordance with HB 188, T.H. Bell Program Amendments passed in the 2019 legislative session, the program is now a scholarship.
  • Awards distributed prior to July 1, 2019 are forgivable loans and after July 1, 2019 are scholarships.

Regents’ Scholarship and New Century Scholarship (academic)

The state’s academic scholarships—the Regents’ and New Century Scholarship programs—are awarded based on academic achievement during high school.

Changes for the Regents’ Scholarship Class of 2020 include:

  • This academic scholarship may be used to cover up to tuition and fees, after other state aid is awarded. As such, award amounts vary based on individual circumstances.
  • The Regents’ Scholarship can now be used at institutions in the Utah System of Higher Education and the Utah System of Technical Colleges, but not at private institutions like Brigham Young University, LDS Business College, and Westminster College.

Changes for the New Century Scholarship Class of 2020 include:

  • This academic scholarship may be used to cover up to tuition and fees, after other state aid is awarded. As such, award amounts vary based on individual circumstances.
  • The New Century Scholarship can now be used at Utah’s public colleges and universities that grant bachelor’s degrees, not at private institutions like Brigham Young University and Westminster College.

Other State Scholarships

The State of Utah also offers Career and Technical Education Scholarships for noncredit programs at public colleges in Utah and UTECH institutions. Students should talk to their college for more information.