The Sterling Scholar Award Program is sponsored by KSL and Deseret News. It recognizes outstanding scholastic achievement of high school seniors in the state of Utah. There are several categories in which students compete. High schools may nominate one candidate to compete in each category and students may only compete in one category. Each high school determines how nominees are selected. From the nominees, they select a semi-finalist who will then move on to the Regional Level to compete.
If a student is the winner in his/her category on the Regional (or final) Level, BYU offers them a full member tuition scholarship for two semesters. If a student qualifies for a scholarship offered by the Financial Aid Office separate from the Sterling Scholarship, we will offer the student whichever scholarship is of greater monetary value. For instance, if a student qualifies for a half tuition scholarship and is a Sterling Scholar winner in their region, we would offer them the Sterling Scholarship. If they qualified for a full tuition scholarship and they are a winner, we would offer them the original full tuition scholarship rather than the Sterling Scholarship. Dollar amounts will vary.