Rising Star Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students in the Student Success Program who have demonstrated academic engagement and effort during their first semester of college. Three scholarships will be awarded at the beginning of Spring 2024 for $1000, $500, and $250. This scholarship is by invitation only for those qualifying students in the Student Success program who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher at midterm grade checks.

The Rising Star Scholarship requires 3 submissions:

  1. Application Form
  2. Testimonial Recording
  3. Scholarship Essay

The scholarship application, testimonial, and essay must be submitted by 11:59 pm on November 30th.

The application is the form below; the testimonial is a 60-90 second video recording you make on your phone and email along with your Scholarship essay with Rising Star in the subject line. The video answers the following questions:

  • What is your name and intended major?
  • What is the secret to your success in college?
  • How has the Student Success Program supported your success?
  • What advice would you give a new freshman about how to best succeed at Utah Tech?

The Rising Star Scholars will be notified in December 2023, and the scholarship will be awarded Spring semester and is contingent upon enrollment for Spring 2024 at Utah Tech University.

Student Success Scholarship(Rising Star)

Personal Information


For this scholarship, you will need to ask for a recommendation from one Utah Tech faculty or staff. This person is someone who knows you and can verify how you have demonstrated academic engagement (class attendance, participation, time management, attitude, campus involvement) and effort since starting college.

Make sure you ask your reference if they are willing to recommend you and let them know the submission deadline is April 8.

Scholarship Essay

Two-page, double-spaced essay on (1) Define your academic goal for your first semester, (2) Describe how you stayed on track with your academic goal, specifically addressing academic engagement (class attendance, participation, time management, attitude, Study hall/tutoring, and campus involvement) and effort towards your goal, despite experiencing roadblocks or obstacles. Use specific examples in your essay. Remember, the quality of your writing will be part of winning the scholarship. Use proofreaders and the writing center!

Send the completed essay as a Word document to Jamie Kearra at with RISING STAR scholarship in the subject line.

Please check these boxes to acknowledge the requirements you will need to meet for the scholarship. *
*Applicants unable to complete the FlipGrid video can contact for an alternate testimonial.

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