Welcome to the Viking Scholar information page.
The Viking scholar program was created this year at Draper Park Middle School. This program is a scholarship awareness program. There are 3 main goals behind this program: 1) To alert students to the Sterling Scholar Program (click here to be redirected to the Sterling Scholar Page). The Sterling Scholar is a longstanding and prestigious scholarship award program which began in Utah in 1962. 2) To recognize students in their areas of strength and award them for their skills and achievements. 3) To help students develop the skills to market themselves for scholarships, college applications, and job applications.
Sterling Scholar (For High School Seniors).
What is a Sterling Scholar?
-A Sterling Scholar is a high school senior who is publicly recognized and awarded for the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, leadership and citizenship in the State of Utah.
How do I become a Sterling Scholar?
-To be selected a Sterling Scholar nominee students must have extraordinary scholarship scores as well as service in leadership and community service/citizenship opportunities at their Utah public high school. It is up to each school to determine if an individual has been in attendance enough to experience these leadership and community service/citizenship opportunities.
What are the benefits of Sterling Scholar?
-Most colleges and universities in Utah and Brigham Young University – Idaho in Rexburg, ID, offer financial assistance to top nominees in the Deseret News/KSL Broadcast Group Sterling Scholar Awards Program. Some are offered to winners only while other institutions may offer scholarships also to runners-up, and even others offer to finalists or even nominees in the program. Several are renewable based on the nominee’s grade point average. (to see a list of current 2017 possibilities click here)
Viking Scholar (This is the one you are looking for!)
What is a Viking Scholar?
-A Viking Scholar is an eighth grade student who is publicly recognized and awarded for the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, leadership, and citizenship in the State of Utah.
How do I become a Viking Scholar?
-To be selected a Viking Scholar nominee students must have extraordinary scholastic scores as well as service in leadership and community service/citizenship opportunities at their Utah public school. It is up to each school to determine if an individual has been in attendance enough to experience these leadership and community service/citizenship opportunities.
Draper Park Middle School has a distinct Viking scholar selection process. This process is delineated to the right under the "Viking Scholar timeline." heading.
What are the benefits of Viking Scholar?
-The biggest financial benefit of the Viking Scholar is a donation. This donation comes in the form of a UESP (Utah Educational Savings Plan) donation. Donations have ranged from $100 to $150 dollars depending on funds available (if you already own another Educational Savings Plan funds can be sent directly to your plan provider). This donation helps to start a UESP account, which a student can continue to donate to after the award, if they so desire.
-Other benefits include a plaque and awards banquet in the winners' honor. At the awards banquet teachers of the awardee's subject will be there with comments and praises. It is a great night to be a Viking Scholar!
Viking Scholar Timeline.
The Viking Scholar Award process is usually accomplished in three separate components. 1) Application. 2). Portfolio 3). Interview.
The application for the 2016-2017 Viking Scholar will now be submitted online. It is designed to mirror the actual Sterling Scholar application and process. The questions will be similar to those asked in the Sterling Scholar application. The Online application is located below this introduction. But can also be accessed by clicking here. Questions on the application will include:
The portfolio requirements all vary depending on the Viking Scholar category chosen. Only those students who make it past the application screening process will be invited to do the portfolio. A list of categories and portfolio requirements are included below. (Click on the name of the category below to see the portfolio requirements.)
The interview is related to the Viking Scholar category content. A panel of teachers and community representatives will be there to ask questions to the students. This process can be quite intimidating, but is a great opportunity to practice interviewing skills and justifying one's goals for the future.
The interview process will take place on the week of the 20th and the week of the 27th of March. A detailed list of times will be delivered to each applicant that advances to the interview process.
Viking Scholar Banquet will be held at 6:30 PM on May 2nd.
Interviewing Skills Website
Click on the button to be redirected to the Viking Scholar online application form.
*You will need your Canyons School District Google email CSD username and password to get access to this application.