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Sterling Scholar

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History of the Sterling Scholar Program
  •  The Deseret News and KSL Television developed the Sterling Scholar program to recognize outstanding seniors in a public setting. A venue was created to present cash awards, tuition waivers and scholarships to students who show extraordinary accomplishment and effort throughout their school experience. Students are selected and judged based on academic/scholastic achievement, leadership and citizenship. 
    The Southwest Region Sterling Scholar program and other Sterling Scholar regions within the state of Utah function independently but emulate the Deseret News guidelines in their handbooks. Some exceptions are made because of the rural areas that it serves.
    All questions regarding the Sterling Scholar program must be directed to the school or district coordinator and not the Deseret News or KSL Television.
How Sterling Scholar Works in Southwest Utah
  • Students in the Washington County School District will work with their school’s designated Sterling Scholar Coordinator to participate in the application process.  
    • Washington County Schools participating in the Sterling Scholar Program are:
      • Career Tech High
      • Crimson Cliffs High 
      • Desert Hills High
      • Dixie High
      • Enterprise High
      • Hurricane High
      • Pine View High
      • Snow Canyon High
      • Water Canyon High
    • Washington County Schools will determine Sterling Scholar Winners for their school.  The category winners will be recognized at the Sterling Scholar Honor Night (see below). Students earn scholarship funds for being selected as a high school Sterling Scholar. 
    • The category winners are eligible to compete in the Southwest Utah Region Sterling Scholar event coordinated by Southwest Educational Development Center (see also below). 
      • Additional scholarship funds are presented to the students who earn the distinction of being chosen as a Southwest Region Sterling Scholar Winner. 
      • In addition to the scholarship funds, colleges and universities in the state of Utah and Idaho offer scholarships and student tuition waivers to winners at both school and region levels. 
Washington County School District Sterling Scholar Honor Night
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    Sponsored by Washington County School District Foundation
    Donations will ensure that the Sterling Scholar winners will have that extra help as they move on to pursue their education dreams. All donations are tax-deductible. The Washington County School District Foundation is a 501-C3 non-profit, tax-exempt, public charity dedicated to providing the resources required for a quality education. 
Southwest Educational Development Center


Students and coordinators may access all forms and resources from the SEDC Website:
  • Sterling Scholar Handbook
  • Eligibility & Qualifications to participate
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Portfolio guidelines
  • Forms for participation
  • Categories and definitions