The Southeastern Utah Sterling Scholars is presented in cooperation with district officials and high school administrators as well as colleges and universities who support the program through the offer of scholarships and other financial assistance.
This year’s event was judged by members of faculties from the College of Eastern Utah, Southern Utah University, and Utah Valley State College.
The program recognizes high school seniors for scholastic excellence in twelve major categories: English, Speech/Drama, Mathematics, Social Science, Science, Foreign Language, Visual Arts, Technology and Trades, Family and Consumer Sciences, Business and Marketing, Music, and General Scholarship.
Nine secondary schools—Navajo Mountain High School, Monument Valley High School, Whitehorse High School, San Juan High School, Monticello High School, Grand County High School, Green River High School, Emery High School, and Carbon High School–participate in the Southeastern Utah Sterling Scholar competition.
Similar contests are held in other geographic areas of the state.
Nominees are judged on scholarship, leadership, citizenship, and character. Each nominee prepares a sixteen page personal portfolio outlining his or her scholastic and extracurricular accomplishments. In addition to the portfolio, nominees will be interviewed by three judges in their respective categories.
After judges exam the portfolios and interview each nominee, a winner and two runners-up are selected in each category. Winners will receive $300 and runners-up $100. Utah colleges, universities, and technical schools also offer full or part tuition scholarships to winners and runners-up.