2017 AISU STERLING SCHOLAR PROGRAM

(Application at bottom of page)

Overview:

The Sterling Scholar Program is a private scholarship contest created by The Deseret News and KSL Broadcast Group that has enjoyed a reputation of excellence and prestige for over 50 years. We are pleased to announce that American International School of Utah will be joining some 75 other schools located along the Wasatch Front for the 2017 Sterling Scholar Competition.

Any AISU permanent-resident students who are currently set to graduate in 2017, are eligible to apply as one of up to fourteen (14) school nominees that may represent AISU in this year’s contest. Each school-nominated Scholar will compete in a specific category. Scholars will be expected to create a professional-level digital portfolio and be prepared to be interviewed by a panel of category experts. Through this process, Scholars will demonstrate their skills, talents, contributions and accomplishments, both in general, and more especially, within their competition category in three (3) scoring areas:

  1. SCHOLARSHIP
  2. LEADERSHIP
  3. COMMUNITY SERVICE

PARTICIPANT BENEFITS:

We encourage each permanent-resident AISU Senior to consider participation in the 2017 Sterling Scholar Competition because of the excellent opportunities and resources it offers. Whether or not individual school nominee Scholars progress in subsequent rounds of the contest, each AISU Nominee that completes and submits their digital portfolio by the official deadline will have gained the following substantial benefits:

  • FREE TUTION – A scholarship ranging in value from $1000-$5300 to be applied to the first year of college immediately following high school at a choice of four reputable local universities (minimum admission requirements and application deadlines to the institution of choice do apply). School Nominees may choose to accept the scholarship at either:
    • Utah Valley University in Orem;
    • Weber State University in Ogden;
    • Dixie State University in St. George; or,
    • Neumont University in Salt Lake City.
  • FREE JOB & COLLEGE PREP – Participation in the Sterling Scholar Mentor Intensive teaching a variety of essential skills needed to successfully secure employment opportunities, internships, and to begin on strong footing in any higher educational pursuit; learn:
    • Successful Interviewing
    • Graphic Design/Layout
    • Effective Essay Writing
    • Self-Marketing and Presentation Skills.

Nominees that progress in this highly competitive contest will secure further benefits. Semi-finalist and finalist contestants will be eligible for further scholarship options in addition to those made available to the school nominee winners. Regional winners may choose between 14 different institutions of higher learning, including the U of U, BYU, BYU-Idaho and various others, essentially all universities and technical colleges throughout the state offer some scholarship package.

In addition to the direct scholarship benefits available to Sterling Scholar nominees, the process of competing as an official Sterling Scholar prepares students for success in both the academic and professional settings, and locally, the honor of being selected as a Sterling Scholar at any level demands great respect and prestige, as the high reputation of the program is recognized by employers, educators and community members throughout the state of Utah and beyond.  For full list of benefits, click here Sterling Scholar Benefits.

COMPETITION CATEGORIES:

There are 14 different competition categories to choose from; students may apply as an AISU nominee for as many categories in which they have interest and experience. The categories for the 2017 contest are as follows (as per the 2017 Sterling Scholar Official Handbook):

ENGLISH – For scholarship and achievement in one or more of the following areas: creative writing, English, journalism, literature and related subjects. Two examples of work either published or prepared as classroom assignments must be submitted. The quality of thought, maturity, originality and technical skill will be considered.

MATHEMATICS – For scholarship and achievement in mathematics and related areas. Scholars may exhibit outstanding records in mathematics competitions and evidence of potential contributions to mathematical knowledge. Nominees should be prepared to calculate a mathematical equation(s) in the judging interviews. Nominees should submit state and national math scores and other standardized mathematics test scores.

SOCIAL SCIENCE – For scholarship and achievement in one or more of the following areas: American government, geography, history, economics, social issues, world affairs and/or related subjects. Scholars should have a broad background in the social sciences and demonstrate, exemplify and practice good citizenship. The nominees may have shown inventiveness in relating social studies to existing problems and in translating concepts into experiment.

SCIENCE – For scholarship and achievement in advanced work, inventiveness or outstanding service in one or more of the following areas: biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, health science, science and related subjects. Imagination, originality or special contributions will receive major consideration in judging.

WORLD LANGUAGES – For outstanding scholarship and persistence in the study of a world language. Nominee should have made unusual contributions to the field of world language study or demonstrated increasing interest in such studies at their school. Rankings received in world language festivals should be submitted. Nominees should also submit a brief resume of language projects or adventures in which they have participated. Nominees should be prepared to demonstrate their ability to communicate in the language by speaking, listening, reading and writing. For languages lacking a written component (for example American Sign Language and some native American languages) the written component may be replaced by a translation, interpretation or literature exercise that demonstrates skills in grammar, syntax, and artistic forms. NOTE: World Language includes any language, other than English, offered for credit in the general curriculum (not as an independent study) of any high school, college or university within the state of Utah. A foreign-born nominee attending an English-speaking high school may not use English or their native tongue as a “foreign language.” CANDIDATES MAY NOT COMPETE IN A LANGUAGE SPOKEN IN THEIR HOME (NATIVE LANGUAGE). Deaf nominees, for whom ASL is their first language, are considered native language users. Children of Deaf Parents are considered in the same manner as children of first generation native world language users.

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY – For outstanding scholarship and achievement in one or more of the following areas: Computer programming, interfacing, networking, repair, construction, design and illustration, media and multi-media, or other related fields. The nominee may have won awards or recognitions, implemented their skills in behalf of their school and community or demonstrated innovative progress in their field. Nominees are not expected to have experience in all listed fields, but expertise in at least one discipline.

SKILLED AND TECHNICAL SCIENCES EDUCATION – For outstanding scholarship and achievement in one or more of the following areas: Agriculture sciences, automotive services, automotive collision repair, cabinetmaking/millwork, carpentry, cosmetology/barbering, drafting/CADD, graphics/printing technology, law enforcement, machinist technician/CNC, welding, film making and other related fields. The nominee may have won awards in competitions, devised equipment or materials for school use or shown unusual progress in this study. Nominees are not expected to have experience in all listed fields, but expertise in at least one discipline.

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES – For outstanding scholarship and achievement in one or more of the following areas: child development and care, interior design, family living, food and nutrition, culinary arts, clothing and fashion and other life skills. Nominees are not expected to have experience in all listed fields, but expertise in at least one discipline. Nominees may have won awards in youth organizations, other competitions or may have used skills to render service to their school, church or other organizations.

BUSINESS AND MARKETING – Demonstrate a high level of scholarship and achievement in one or more of the following areas: Business management, non-profit management, accounting, entrepreneurship, sales, marketing and other fields related to business occupations. Nominees may have won awards in competitions or exhibited proficiency in working with or in small or large businesses. Nominees may have held elected offices, captainships, and other evidences of peer acknowledged leadership. Nominees are also encouraged to provide evidence of successful outside activities that support business career development and interests. Evidence of excellence in standardized test scores, GPA, class ranking, IB classes and quantitative AP courses should be provided.

SPEECH/THEATER ARTS/FORENSICS – For scholarship and achievement in one or more area of speech, theater arts and Forensics: debate, public speaking, oral interpretation, and/or (non-musical) theater. Nominees are not expected to have experience in all listed fields, just expertise in at least one discipline. Where possible, students are encouraged to submit their student record of accomplishments from the National Forensics League and/or International Thespian Society. They should also be prepared to give a live brief demonstration of a past speech and theater arts performance, appropriate to their specialty, approximately two to three minutes in length. A performance video sample must be included in the electronic portfolio; nominees should include two examples of their work or descriptions of their activities related to this category.

VOCAL PERFORMANCE – For demonstrating outstanding scholarship and achievement in one or more of the areas of musical theatre, opera, or vocal performance. Exceptional talent in composition will be considered, but service to school or community through this talent also will be among determining qualifications. Nominees are not expected to have experience in all listed fields, just expertise in at least one discipline. Nominees should be prepared to give a live brief demonstration of their talent appropriate to their specialty, approximately two to three minutes in length. A performance video sample must be included in the electronic portfolio; nominees should include two examples of their work or descriptions of their activities related to this category.

VISUAL ARTS – For scholarship and achievement in creative expression in one of more of the following areas: drawing, artistic photography, commercial art, mixed media, graphic art, painting, sculpture and related fields. The nominee may have demonstrated professional potential in one or more disciplines, contributed outstanding service to the school and successfully completed in district and state art shows. Visual arts nominees must show some examples of artwork in their portfolio.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC – For demonstrating outstanding scholarship and achievement in one or more of the areas of music. Exceptional talent in composition will be considered, but service to school or community through this talent also will be among determining qualifications. Nominees should be prepared to demonstrate their musical talent during a period of two to three minutes by performing live with an instrument.

DANCE – For demonstrating exceptional skill, achievement and creative expression in artistic dance (ballroom dance included). Portfolios should include training received, dances choreographed, major performances and dance service rendered to the school or community. Nominees should be prepared to demonstrate their technique and choreographic skills by performing a self-choreographed solo composition live, approximately two minutes in length. Nominees will also be asked to respond to an improvisational problem during part of the interview. No performance videos required during the interview – but a performance video sample must be included in the electronic portfolio.

PARTICIPANT EXPECTATIONS:

Each official AISU Sterling Scholar nominee will be required to complete an in-depth digital portfolio, including a presentation video short, assigned-topic essays and corresponding graphic layouts of their accomplishments. Significant participation in service, leadership and academic activities will also be needed. School resources and mentoring will be made available to help each scholar succeed in the portfolio creation process. Each scholar will be invited to join the Sterling Scholar Mentoring Intensive in November, and should plan on investing significant time to portfolio development on a weekly basis from November 2016- January 2017. (For those who wish to remain competitive in the overall contest, plan on setting aside 5-10 hrs/wk for at least 3 months, including some holiday vacation time).

The main components of the portfolio requirements are:

  • Multiple assigned-topic essays – 5 essays, approximately 300-500 words in length;
  • Graphic layouts – designing photos, graphics and text to demonstrate activities and accomplishments that the Scholar has undertaken in each of the 3 scoring areas;
    • Scholarship,
    • Leadership, and
    • Community service.
    • Five (5) activities per area may be highlighted;
  • Official school transcript for Grades 9-12;
  • Minimum of one (1) letter of recommendation from an adult professional or educator who can attest to the scholar’s expertise in their selected category – four (4) letters of recommendation are preferred, (a letter that demonstrates the Scholar’s competence for each scoring area);
  • And, evidence of the Scholar’s achievements in their category – copies of awards, certificates, video clips, photos, etc. This may include the production of a short (5 minute) “video resumé.”

PREPARATION SCHEDULE SUMMARY:

>>> School Nominee Online Application Deadline: 5:00 P.M. MST on FRI, OCTOBER 28, 2016 <<<

To participate in the AISU Sterling Scholar Program, students must be available to block out the following important dates and have sufficient time available to produce a high-quality digital portfolio in time for the official deadline. Dates to note are as follows:

Friday, October 28, 2016 – AISU School Nominee Applications DUE BY 5:00 P.M.

  • Complete the digital form found at the bottom of this page via computer.
  • If you foresee any technical complication or any computer-access difficulty that will prevent web submission for you, a hard copy application may be turned in to the AISU Front Office by 3 PM the same day. Please write legibly.
  • To print a copy of the Application Worksheet to be used for physical copy submission, scroll to the bottom of the page.
  • Contact the AISU Sterling Scholar Advisor, Jessica Connors, with ANY question or concern you may have about the application process; via email: connors@aisutah.org, or phone/text: 801.787.8279.

Friday, 6, 2017 – Deadline for electronic submission of “Parent/Student Declaration” forms to the Sterling Scholar Organization.

Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 – Deadline for submission of all electronic portfolios to the Sterling Scholar Organization must be submitted together as a school by the coordinator or principal and will not be accepted on an individual basis.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 – Semi-finalists will be announced by email to school coordinators along with the semi-final interview schedule.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 – Special Sterling Scholar section published in the Deseret News and KSL online.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – Semi-final judging; Central Area held at Copper Hills High School, 5545 West New Bingham Highway, West Jordan.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 – 210 Finalists will be announced by email to school coordinators along with the Finals interview schedule.

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 – Final judging/interviews for all 210 finalists will be held at Skyridge High School, 3000 N Center St, Lehi.

Thursday, March 9th, 2017 – 55th Annual Deseret News – KSL Broadcast Group Sterling Scholar Awards Ceremony at the LDS Conference Center Little Theatre, 60 West North Temple, Salt Lake City, 7 p.m.

For additional details concerning  important dates associated for 2017, click here.  Sterling Scholar Competition Important Dates.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

  • Contact the AISU Sterling Scholar Advisor, Jessica Connors, with your individual questions
  • Via phone/text – 801.787.8279

APPLICATION PROCESS:

>>> ONLINE APPLICATIONS DUE FRIDAY, OCT 28TH BY 5:00 P.M. MST <<<

  • Fill in the online digital form FOUND AT BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.
  • If desired, hard copies of supporting materials may be turned in to the AISU Front Office.
  • For your convenience, an application worksheet is available to help you organize for your online application by providing an overview of all materials needed to complete the application, to obtain one:

WE LOOK FORWARD TO REVIEWING YOUR APPLICATION – GOOD LUCK!

WE APPRECIATE YOUR PARTICIPATION.

Sterling Scholar Application

    Please select all the categories you'd like to enter.
  • (If you do not want to upload you can turn in a printed copy to the front office.)
    Please select those areas of competition development in which you have experience.
  • Scholarship

  • Please enter a value between 0.00 and 4.0.
  • Take a moment to tell us why you are interested in pursuing the Sterling Scholar Award.
  • First-Choice Category

    If you're applying in more than one category please fill out the following section for each category.
  • Please list classes and grades that apply to your Sterling Scholar category.
  • Please list all activities (in school and extracurricular) that apply to your Sterling Scholar category.
  • Please list all leadership experiences that apply to your Sterling Scholar category.
  • Please list all community service activities that apply to your Sterling Scholar category.
  • Other Categories

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  • Please list classes and grades that apply to your Sterling Scholar category.
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  • Please list all leadership experiences that apply to your Sterling Scholar category.
  • Please list all community service activities that apply to your Sterling Scholar category.
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  • Please list classes and grades that apply to your Sterling Scholar category.
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  • Please list all community service activities that apply to your Sterling Scholar category.
  • Fourth-Choice Category

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  • Please list classes and grades that apply to your Sterling Scholar category.
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  • Fifth-Choice Category

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  • Please list all community service activities that apply to your Sterling Scholar category.
  • Sixth-Choice Category

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  • Please list all activities (in school and extracurricular) that apply to your Sterling Scholar category.
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