Companies in Utah certainly appreciate the support of the local community that helps them thrive and grow. Here are 10 businesses that want to say a big “thank you” by giving back in the form of scholarships. Some are traditional scholarships for students to go to college, while other scholarships are more specific and unique. Be sure to check out each company’s offering for details on eligibility, how to apply, and deadlines.
1. Cove Home Security
Utah-based home security company Cove is offering a new scholarship for the 2023–2024 school year. The company will award $3,000 to a student who wants to use their education to build safer communities for all. The Cove scholarship program is open to any U.S. citizen currently enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States. Candidates must submit a short essay and video by June 30 to be considered. The essay should answer the question: How will you use your education to make your community safer? The video should answer the prompt: Someone who makes me feel safe is… The winner will be notified by July 31.
An American Fork company that specializes in bluetooth hearing aids, Earlux is offering a $3,000 scholarship to a current high school senior, college student, or graduate student. Those interested in applying must submit a 550–650-word essay in response to the question: What does it mean to be a positive participant in your community? Deadline is March 15. Applicants must submit the most recent unofficial transcript from their current school and proof of acceptance to their college or university. Each applicant must post a social media video (Instagram, Facebook, or TikTok) tagging @goearlux answering the prompt “My Favorite sound is …” or “I am grateful for the ability to hear …”
3. Geneva Rock
Geneva Rock Products, headquartered in Murray, is sponsoring a $2,000 scholarship essay contest in support of students dedicated to building the future. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited university, college, trade, or vocational school and in pursuit of construction-related careers including, but not limited to: construction management, civil engineering, business, and commercial/professional sales. Students involved in trades such as welding, diesel tech, heavy equipment operations, and building tech are also welcome to apply. High school seniors are eligible to apply but must be enrolled in one of the previously mentioned institutions. Applicants must answer the following questions: Why have you chosen a career path in the construction industry? What role do you feel that the construction industry has in the future of your community? Discuss a time when you built something. Did you enjoy it? What was your favorite part of the process? How did you feel after the project was complete? What area of the industry intrigues you the most? Describe your ideal career. Deadlines are July 1 and November 15.
4. Larry H. Miller
Legendary businessman Larry H. Miller was a respected pillar of Utah community, and his name continues to be easily recognizable throughout the state. With his widow, Gail, at the helm of their empire, they continue to give back to the community in a number of ways, including through the Larry H. Miller Education Foundation, which offers educational assistance to dependent children of full-time employees. Students can use the educational assistance for undergraduate study at any accredited university, college, trade or vocational school. The amount of the scholarship or grant is not to exceed $10,000 per academic year beginning in the fall. The scholarship covers tuition, customary fees, and up to $300 for book costs per semester. Open enrollment application dates are April 1 to July 1 each year for the upcoming academic year. See website for full application details and requirements.
5. The Utah Jazz
The more wins NBA team Utah Jazz gets, the more scholarships it gives. For every Jazz win during the season, a four-year scholarship is given to a student from an underrepresented group. For the 2021-2022 season, 30 scholarships representing the team’s first 30 wins last season, were awarded. The remaining 31 scholarships, representing the rest of the team’s wins last year, as well as scholarships that result from additional wins this season will be awarded beginning with the 2022-2023 school year. The award covers up to the full cost of attendance—including tuition, books, fees, and room and board—for each recipient’s full undergraduate education at one of six universities in the state of Utah. Check the website for more information about how to apply.
6. Altra Running
Headquartered in Logan, Altra Running partners with Still I Run, which offers its unique Starting Line Scholarship. As opposed to a traditional college scholarship, this one focuses on running and mental health. The scholarship provides shoes and running gear to get applicants to the starting line and coaching and training plans to get them to the finish line. Altra sponsors the Still I Run Breaking Stigma in Stride 5k which helps fund the scholarship and the nonprofit’s efforts to raise awareness for mental health.
7. Pearson Butler
Pearson Butler Attorneys at Law, located in South Jordan, is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a student who writes an essay on “How I Overcame a Trial in My Life, and How I am Using that Experience for Further Success in My Life.” For questions or to email an essay, send a message firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. America First Credit Union
With several branches throughout Utah, America First Credit Union offers an annual educational scholarship based on a student’s commitment to community service as well as leadership and academic potential. In 2022, it gave 10 scholarships of $1,000 each. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors or undergraduate students currently enrolled in a two-year, four-year or technical college or university, and have a passion for serving and helping others. Recipients are those who play an active role in giving back to their community, whether through volunteering or other meaningful contributions of time, effort, and care. Applicants are required to submit their hours of community service, grade point average, and current transcript. They must also submit a short essay on how their community service exemplifies the credit union philosophy of people helping people. Check back for 2023 dates and application details and for additional scholarship opportunities.
9. Pepperidge Farm
While Pepperidge Farm is headquartered in Connecticut, the Richmond, Utah, location is a mainstay of the community and offers a local scholarship for students. Applicants must have a relative working at the Pepperidge Farm location in Richmond or a relative who is a retiree. The applicant must be pursuing a four-year degree in a math, science, engineering, or business field of study, or a technical certification such as electro-tech/industrial maintenance from an accredited technical school. Please see counselors at Cache County School District high schools for details.
10. Zions Bank
Though not a traditional scholarship, Zions Bank offers cash rewards to Utah students ages 12–18 through their program Zions Bank Pays for A’s. Students are paid up to $1 per “A” on their 2022–2023 report cards. (Sorry, “A-” grades aren’t eligible.) They’re also entered for a chance to win scholarship savings accounts. Zions Bank gives away 36 awards of $500 each and two $1,000 accounts each school year. To enter, bring a recent report card to any branch. For every “A,” a dollar will be deposited into a Young Savers Account, and they’ll be entered into the scholarship drawing. First semester report card drawing deadline in February 28, and second semester deadline is July 31. For more information about the program, contact a local branch.
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