The Pursuit of Excellence

The purpose of the Sterling Scholar Awards is to publicly recognize and encourage the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, community service, leadership and citizenship of public high school seniors in the state of Utah.

The Deseret News and KSL Broadcast Group developed the program especially to focus attention on outstanding seniors in order to recognize them publicly as well as award cash scholarships and tuition waivers from participating institutions. The Sterling Scholar Awards program seeks to commend and encourage excellence among all students. All nominees are judged equally on the basis of scholastic achievement, community service, leadership and citizenship without regard to religion, sex, political preference or national origin.

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The name Sterling Scholar Awards is a registered U.S. Trademark.

The sponsors salute the extraordinary development of the talents and ideals of each year’s outstanding scholars. We gratefully acknowledge the cooperation and assistance of the State Office of Education, Utah colleges and universities, school districts, high school administrations and faculties, Utah businesses and many others.


Wasatch Front

Box Elder, Cache, Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah

Northeast Utah

Rich, Morgan, Summit, Wasatch, Duchesne, Dagget, Uintah

Central Utah

Juab, Sanpete, Millard, Sevier, Piute, Wayne

Southeast Utah

Beaver, Iron, Garfield, Washington, Kane

Southwest Utah

Carbon, Emery, Grand, San Juan

Due to the distance involved and differing academic circumstances, the program is conducted in five independent areas throughout the state’s 40 school districts and 29 counties.

These areas are the Wasatch Front, Northeast Utah, Central Utah, Southeast Utah and Southwest Utah. Each area follows the guidelines established by the Deseret News and KSL Broadcast Group, sponsors of the Sterling Scholar Awards since 1962. However, only the Wasatch Front competition is directly administered by the Deseret News and KSL Broadcast Group.

The program is sponsored in cooperation with the State Office of Education, district officials and high school administrators as well as colleges and universities that support the program through the offer of scholarships and other financial assistance.

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