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The Guarantee Scholarship

How to Apply

Salutatorian status required

  • This award criteria is for applicants beginning Fall 2024

and may change for upcoming years.

 A scholarship for Utah resident, first-time, first-year students.




  2023 - 2024 Terms and Conditions
Sponsor: University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid

First-time, first year students pursuing their first bachelor’s degree; Utah residents;

Valedictorian or Salutatorian graduate of a Utah public or private accredited high school; students must be reported to the Office of Admissions by their high school counselor in order to be considered.


Valedictorian - $8,000 per year (fall and spring semesters)
 Salutatorian - $6,000 per year (fall and spring semesters)

University merit scholarships at The U provide funding to help cover a portion of overall tuition and mandatory fees for students enrolled full-time (12 credit hours), up to the lesser of the scholarship award amount or the amount of tuition and mandatory fees. Note that course fees and e-book fees are not considered mandatory fees and are not covered by university merit scholarships. 

Recipients of The Guarantee Scholarship will receive a one-time $1,000 award that may be used to further their academic pursuits such as study abroad, undergraduate research project, experiential learning project, etc. This award will be available for recipients after they reach sophomore standing at the U and must be approved prior to disbursement.

University merit scholarships are available beginning Fall 2023 and renewable for up to eight semesters (fall and spring), or until you receive a baccalaureate degree (whichever comes first), as long as you continue to meet scholarship renewal requirements and remain in good standing. Merit scholarships generally do not apply to summer enrollment or Learning/Study Abroad programs.

Good Standing Requirements

Your scholarship may be renewed each year, provided you maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA and successfully complete a full-time course load while enrolled during the two semesters of the academic year (i.e., fall and spring semesters).

The University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (UOSFA) will review your standing for these requirements each year at the end of the spring semester. Failure to meet the renewal or good standing requirements will result in loss of the scholarship. Once the scholarship is lost, it cannot be regained.

Confirm Enrollment to Accept Your Scholarship and Its Terms

STEP 1: Create Your CIS Account and Activate your UMail Account

  • Your login info is your uNID# (found in your admissions letter) and your default password is your birthdate (MMDDYY).
  • After creating your CIS account, activate your University e-mail account (UMail), also in CIS. All official university communication including financial offerswill be sent to your UMail account. 

STEP 2: Confirm Your Intent to Enroll to Accept the Merit Scholarship

  • Confirm your intent to enroll with the Office of Admissions at At this same link, you can submit your enrollment deposit, or if the enrollment deposit is a financial challenge you may request a deposit extension.
  • By confirming your intent to enroll, you are accepting your scholarship award and the terms outlined in this document.If for any reason you confirm your intent to enroll but want to decline your scholarship or the terms, you should submit your reasons in writing to UOSFA at
  • Your scholarship award generally is available until August 1, 2023. If you have not confirmed enrollment by that date, the scholarship may be cancelled. Please contact financialaid@utah.eduif you have not confirmed your enrollment by August 1, 2023.

This scholarship cannot be combined with any other university merit award from UOSFA and is only available to students earning their degree at the U’s main campus; if you are eligible for more than one university merit award, you will be given the one of greatest value. This scholarship generally applies only to fall and spring semesters as long as you meet the eligibility criteria; this award does not apply to enrollment or charges during the summer term unless you specifically request use of the scholarship during summer and you continue to meet all eligibility criteria (and use during a summer term counts toward your maximum number of terms of eligibility). This scholarship is applied to your tuition and fee charges. Other scholarships received could affect your eligibility. 

This scholarship requires Utah residency; if your residency classification changes to non-resident, you will no longer be eligible for this scholarship.

Certification to Receive Financial Awards

Students receiving a scholarship, fellowship, or other financial aid administered by the University of Utah are required by state law to certify that they are eligible to receive the scholarship as a U.S. citizen or a citizen of another country who is lawfully present in the U.S. If students do not know whether they are in the U.S. lawfully, they should seek the advice of an immigration attorney before accepting this award.

Deferral and Leave of Absence

Newly accepted students who wish to defer their start date to a subsequent semester, and to request their scholarship be held, should first request an admission deferment through the Office of Admissions at

Scholarship deferments may result in a change in the amount and/or value of the scholarship depending upon the subsequent term of entry or matriculation. 

Scholarship recipients considering a deferment should confirm their intent to enroll to accept their scholarship by August 1, 2023. Students have until the first day of classes (August 21, 2023) to apply for a deferment. Students seeking deferment should submit their enrollment deposit to secure their seat as a matriculated student. You can submit the enrollment deposit, or if the enrollment deposit is a financial challenge you may request a deposit extension, at

The University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (UOSFA) will, in extenuating circumstances, allow a student to take a Leave of Absence from a scholarship once they are a continuing student. A continuing student will need to work with the Registrar’s Office on any type of Leave of Absence (

For questions regarding eligibility for either deferral or leave of absence, please contact UOSFA. 

Contact Information

For questions or concerns, please contact UOSFA at  or (801) 581-6211.

Last Updated: 8/4/23