New Century Scholarship Program

The New Century Scholarship encourages Utah high school students to accelerate their education by earning an associate degree in high school from an institution within the Utah System of Higher Education or completing a specific math and science curriculum. The scholarship may be used at any four-year public college or university in the Utah System of Higher Education. The New Century Scholarship may be modified each year as a result of legislation. It is important that you use this website as your resource for the most up-to-date information.

Official information regarding the New Century Scholarship is produced by the Utah System of Higher Education or the Utah State Board of Regents and published on higheredutah.org and UtahFutures.org. Do not rely on information published by any other entity.

Rules and Requirements

Read the Rules and Requirements in order to gain an understanding of what you can do to prepare for college and earn a scholarship.

Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions are addressed in the FAQ. As always, if you need help contact us directly.

Application Information

Be prepared to apply for the scholarship during your senior year through the New Century Scholarship Portal. The application for students that are part of the 2020 graduating class will open November 15, 2019. The final deadline is February 3, 2020. Additional details regarding the application process will be available when the application opens.

Application Information

All students have been notified about the verification documents through the New Century Scholarship Portal. Log in to your account to read over important information.

Important Dates

  • All final documents must be submitted by September 3, 2019.

About the Application Process

First:

Create an account using the New Century Scholarship Portal. Once the account is created, the student will complete an application housed within their account.

Second:

Students will receive a notice regarding the status of their account via the Message Center in their student portal no later than April 15, 2019.

Third:

If the student is on-track they will be provided with additional instructions regarding the verification documentation that is due September 3, 2019. Verification documents provide the necessary information to determine if the student has in fact met all requirements of the scholarship by the time they graduate from high school.

Fourth:

Students are notified of the outcome of the final review via the Message Center in their New Century Scholarship account. If the student is qualified, payments will be processed accordingly.

Helpful Links and Information

A deferment is used to put your New Century Scholarship "on hold." Students submit a deferment request if they have applied for the scholarship, but will not attend college the Fall Semester immediately after graduating from high school.

A deferment is generally used when you are serving in the military, have a major medical issue, or for humanitarian/religious service reasons. Deferment requests for reasons such as traveling, attending a non-eligible college/university or working to save money will not be approved. Requests for a deferment are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, with no guarantee of approval. Even if you are granted a deferment, the scholarship will still expire five years from the date of high school graduation.

After you apply for the New Century Scholarship, a preliminary review is conducted. If you are found to be "on-track" for the scholarship, you are required to complete the online Conditional Acceptance Form and submit documents verifying that all requirements were in fact met. The deferment request is built into the Conditional Acceptance Form. Students who request a deferment must include supporting documentation related to the request. See information below for further guidelines and details about what documentation must be submitted.

All of these documents are due (postmarked) by September 1.

You are responsible for managing your scholarship even while on leave. If you will not be able to monitor your scholarship account online, it is STRONGLY recommended that you authorize someone to act on your behalf by obtaining and submitting a copy of a notarized power of attorney. Even if you think you will be able to monitor your account in your absence, it is highly recommended that you mail in the Student Information Release Form to authorize someone else to receive information about your account while you are gone. Receiving an approved deferment does not exempt you from meeting the requirements and deadlines. So be sure to check your account regularly or have an authorized person do it for you.

  • Required Supporting Document:
    • You must submit a copy of your mission call.
    • Or, if you have not received your call yet you will need to submit a letter from your bishop on church letterhead stating your intent to serve a mission and the date you have set for availability to serve.
  • You must be of age to serve and set your availability to on or before December 1 (you will need to submit documentation verifying this). If you do not yet have your mission call, the request may be granted on a provisional basis until you have submitted a copy of your mission call to the New Century Scholarship office.
  • If you will not be of age to serve a mission and do not set your availability date prior to December 1, you will not be eligible for a deferment. Therefore, to remain eligible for the scholarship, you will need to enroll in 15 credits during the Fall Semester immediately after high school graduation and follow the steps outlined in the Leave of Absence Information for the semester in which you are planning to leave.
  • If you return early from your mission, you must contact the New Century Scholarship office immediately as the terms of the deferment are now void. For example, let’s say your original intent was to serve a mission from August 2018 to August 2020, but then your circumstances changed and you return in May 2019. You will be expected to enroll in 15 credits for Fall Semester 2019, unless a new deferment request has been submitted and approved. Failure to do so may result in the forfeiture of the scholarship.
  • Required Supporting Documents: You must submit a letter from the program on letterhead stating the length of time you will be gone and the service you will be participating in. This letter needs to include details regarding the service you will be providing.
  • Required Supporting Documents: If you are seeking the deferment due to medical reasons, you must provide a formal doctor’s note describing your individual circumstances which prevent you from meeting the scholarship requirements and your doctor’s recommendation regarding your academics. Information related to the medical condition must be current (less than 3 months old).
  • Deferment requests related to medical reasons are typically only approved one semester at a time.
  • Required Supporting Documents: You must submit a copy of your military orders that state the length of time you will be gone and the date you will report for service.

When your deferment has ended, in order to "re-activate" your scholarship, you will follow the instructions provided on the Renewal and Payment Request Instructions found under the Recipients from Class of 2019 and Prior section of this webpage.

2019-20 Award Information

Based on legislative funding, the award amounts for students attending college during the 2019-2020 college academic year Fall & Spring Semesters (Fall & Winter at BYU) is as follows:

  • The award is $1,250 per semester. Students must renew their award every semester.

Funding levels beyond Spring Semester 2020 are unknown. Award levels are announced each April for the upcoming academic year and can be found on this website. Award amounts are determined annually and are subject to legislative funding and the total number of qualified participants. Award amounts may be reduced, may vary from year to year, and are dependent on when the recipient is enrolled in college.

  • In order to renew the New Century Scholarship, you must submit a Payment Request and renewal documents through your account EACH SEMESTER by the deadlines listed below.
  • To maintain eligibility, you are required to enroll in and successfully complete 15 credit hours each semester, earning a 3.3 semester GPA or higher. If you do not earn a 3.3 semester GPA you may be placed on probationary status; however, if you earn a semester GPA lower than a 3.3 for a second semester you will forfeit the scholarship. You must renew the scholarship each semester, enrolling in Fall and Spring (Winter) semesters continuously unless an approved leave of absence is obtained. The scholarship will expire five years from the date of high school graduation and may be utilized for four semesters, 60 credits, or completion of a bachelor's degree, whichever comes first. Please note: only credits earned during semesters in which you received a scholarship payment are counted towards the 60 credits. If you do not provide evidence of meeting the renewal requirements by the deadlines listed below, you will forfeit the scholarship.
  • Students who were approved for a deferment immediately after high school graduation will need to submit a Payment Request and proof of enrollment as described below. You will not need to submit proof of completion; however, if you drop below 15 credits you will forfeit the scholarship and will have to repay the award.

All documentation must be postmarked by the following dates:

  • September 15 for Fall Semester
  • February 1 for Spring/Winter Semester (if you are attending BYU and SUU)
  • June 1 for Summer Semester

You are strongly encouraged to submit the required documentation as soon as possible. Payment processing takes 2-3 weeks after all required documents have been received. In some cases, you may not receive the award payment until after tuition is due. In such cases, it is your responsibility to comply with and meet any tuition payment deadlines.

If you do not continuously enroll, you must apply for and be granted an approved leave of absence through the New Century Scholarship office.

  • You are encouraged to submit a Leave of Absence request as early as possible if you do not intend to enroll in Fall Semester, but you must submit the request through your account in the New Century Scholarship Portal no later than August 1. If you are not enrolling in Spring (Winter) Semester, you must submit your Leave of Absence request no later than January 15.
  • If you are not enrolling in Spring (Winter) Semester, you must submit your Leave of Absence request no later than January 15.

Proof of enrollment in at least 15 credit hours must include the following:

  1. your name
  2. the titles of enrolled courses
  3. the semester you will attend (for example "Fall 2019")
  4. the name of the college/university where you are enrolled
  5. your student college/university ID # (may be handwritten)
  6. total number of credit hours enrolled

Note: BYU Independent Study and wait-listed courses do not count towards meeting the minimum credit hour requirement.

Proof of successfully completing at least 15 credits, earning a 3.3 semester GPA or higher must include the following:

  1. your name
  2. the semester attended (for example "Spring 2020")
  3. the name of the college/university attended
  4. the title of courses completed
  5. total number of credit hours completed with grades
  6. the semester GPA earned

To submit a payment request, log in to your New Century Scholarship account and click on "Payments/Leave Request" then follow the steps below to upload your renewal documents:

Step 1:

Follow the instructions found in the table below to obtain the correct documentation.

Step 2:

Save the document(s) as a PDF or PNG format. You may need to print the document, then scan it to save it as a PDF. To save the document as a PDF follow these steps when using Google Chrome:

  • Pull up your document on your college account
  • Right click and select Print (Make sure Headers and Footers is checked under "Options".)
  • Click "Change" to change your printer and select "Save as a PDF".
  • Click "Save", this will pull it up as a PDF, then you can save it to then upload it to your scholarship account.
  • Mac users can follow similar steps selecting to print the document. Once in the print screen save as a PDF.

Step 3:

Log in to your New Century Scholarship student account and click on "Payments/Leave Request" on the left side of the page

Step 4:

Click on "Complete Payment Request Form" then fill out the questions and upload the required documentation

Please note: If you choose to submit a transcript to show completion of the course work, you may use the college or university's electronic transcript exchange to send a transcript directly to us from the college. However, we do not accept documents submitted via email or fax directly from students.

  • The documents should either be obtained from the college registrar or from your college online account and does not need to be official, but must be obtained directly from the college's website.
  • Documents cannot be copied and pasted or have information that has been handwritten or typed (with the exception of the student ID). Screen shots capturing ALL required information are acceptable.
  • A school website at the bottom or top of the page is acceptable for the college name.
    • If a document does not print with the website on it, you can generally adjust this from "Page Setup" or the printer settings by adding in the header or footer.
    • Google Chrome users-after selecting print, ensure that "Headers and Footers" is selected in the Options box.
  • Wait-listed courses do not count towards the minimum credit hour requirement.
  • Course work completed through BYU Independent Study is not accepted.

Click on the name of the school you are attending to see step-by-step instructions for obtaining the correct documentation. Note: The instructions were updated as of May 2019. However, campus systems can change without notice; therefore, if you are experiencing difficulty in obtaining the documentation needed please contact us.

Please note: Coursework completed through BYU Independent Study is not accepted.

  • Document name: Record Summary
    • Document acceptable for proof of completion: Yes
    • Document acceptable for proof of enrollment: Yes
    • Steps to obtain the document:
      • Log in to your myBYU account.
      • In the "Campus Favorites-Student" box click "View Grades and Academic Progress."
      • Or, in the "Campus Links" box, click "School", then click "AIM", then click "Grades".
  • Document name: Student Detail Schedule
    • Document acceptable for proof of completion: No
    • Document acceptable for proof of enrollment: Yes
    • Steps to obtain the document:
      • Log in to your myDixie account.
      • Click on "Student" then on "Registration".
      • Click on "Student Detail Schedule"" and select the term.
      • Ensure that URL prints out on the document
  • Document name: Academic Transcript
    • Document acceptable for proof of completion: Yes
    • Document acceptable for proof of enrollment: Yes
    • Steps to obtain the document:
      • Log in to your myDixie account.
      • Click the "Student" tab, then click on "Student Records".
      • Click "View Unofficial Transcript".
      • Ensure the school name or URL prints on the document
  • Document name: Academic Transcript
    • Document acceptable for proof of completion: Yes
    • Document acceptable for proof of enrollment: Yes
    • Steps to obtain the document:
      • Log in to your mySUU portal.
      • In the Banner box, click "Student Menu".
      • Click on "Student Records", then click on "Academic Transcript".
      • From the drop-down menu, select "All Levels" and "Web Transcript".
      • Ensure that the URL prints out on the document.
      • Please note, your university ID # can be handwritten on the document.
  • Document name: Official Transcript
    • Document acceptable for proof of completion: Yes
    • Document acceptable for proof of enrollment: Yes
    • Steps to obtain the document:
      • Log in to your mySUU portal.
      • Under "resources" select "order transcript/replacement diploma".
      • Complete the request.
  • Document name: Unofficial Transcript
    • Document acceptable for proof of completion: Yes
    • Document acceptable for proof of enrollment: Yes
    • Steps to obtain the document:
      • Log in to the CIS.
      • Click on Academic Records icon (has a paper with an A+ on it).
      • On the left hand side click on the tab that says "View Transfer Credit Report".
      • At the top of the page click on the tab that says "My Academics".
      • Click the link that says "View my Unofficial Transcript".
      • There will be a box that reads: "Academic Institution: U of U, Report Type: U of U Unofficial transcript" click "Go". You may need to click "Refresh".
    • Highlight the text from top to bottom so that the full page will save without the menu bar on the left.
    • Right click on your mouse and select Print and choose to print as Adobe PDF to save this onto your desktop to your computer.
  • Document name: Student Detail Schedule
    • Document acceptable for proof of completion: No
    • Document acceptable for proof of enrollment: Yes
    • Steps to obtain the document:
      • Log in to your myUSU portal.
      • On the left hand side of the screen select "Banner".
      • Click on "Main Menu" then the student tab.
      • Next click on "Registration".
      • Click on "Student Detail Schedule."
      • Select the semester and click "View."
      • Must print with the URL in order to be acceptable.
  • Document name: My Class Schedule
    • Document acceptable for proof of completion: No
    • Document acceptable for proof of enrollment: Yes
    • Steps to obtain the document:
      • Log in to your myUSU portal.
      • Under Student Information click on "My Class Schedule".
      • Select the Term.
      • Click on the printer icon in the right hand corner and print to a PDF.
  • Document name: Academic Transcript
    • Document acceptable for proof of completion: Yes
    • Document acceptable for proof of enrollment: Yes
    • Steps to obtain the document:
      • Log in to your myUSU portal.
      • On the left hand side of the screen select "Banner."
      • Click on "View Transcript", select "Undergraduate" for the level and "Unofficial" for the type.
      • Click "Submit."
  • Document name: Academic Transcript
    • Document acceptable for proof of completion: Yes
    • Document acceptable for proof of enrollment: Yes
    • Steps to obtain the document:
      • Log in to myUVU account.
      • Go to the student tab on left hand side of screen and select "My Academics."
      • Click on "Unofficial Academic Transcript."
      • Select "Undergraduate" for level and "Unofficial" for Type.
      • Click Submit. Your university ID # can be handwritten or take a screen shot and save the document in order to show the ID #.
  • Document name: Student Schedule
    • Document acceptable for proof of completion: No
    • Document acceptable for proof of enrollment: Yes
    • Steps to obtain the document:
      • Log in to myUVU. Go to Student tab on the left hand side of the screen and select "My Academics".
      • Click on "My list of Classes."
      • Select the term. Please note, your university ID # can be handwritten or take a screen shot and save the document in order to show the ID #.
  • Document name: Unofficial Transcript
    • Document acceptable for proof of completion: Yes
    • Document acceptable for proof of enrollment: Yes
    • Steps to obtain the document:
      • Log in to the eWeber portal.
      • Search for "unofficial transcript."
      • Click on the unofficial transcript.
      • The system may require you to log in again then will direct you to the Academic Transcript page.
      • Select "All Levels" and "unofficial".
      • Click the submit button.
  • Document name: Academic Transcript
    • Document acceptable for proof of completion: Yes
    • Document acceptable for proof of enrollment: Yes
    • Steps to obtain the document:
      • Log in to the eWeber portal.
      • Search for "official transcript."
      • This will take you to the Student Clearing House page.
      • Go to the bottom of the page.
      • Select "order and track transcript."
      • If you need to enter an email address to send the transcript to, enter newcentury@ushe.edu.
  • Document name: Student Schedule Bill
    • Document acceptable for proof of completion: No
    • Document acceptable for proof of enrollment: Yes
    • Steps to obtain the document:
      • Log in to the eWeber portal.
      • Click on "Tuition and Fees" icon.
      • Select "Student Schedule Bill."
      • Select the correct semester then click "Display."
  • Document name: Student Schedule
    • Document acceptable for proof of completion: No
    • Document acceptable for proof of enrollment: Yes
    • Steps to obtain the document:
      • Students must contact the Registrar to obtain a schedule with the required information.
  • Document name: Official Transcript
    • Document acceptable for proof of completion: Yes
    • Document acceptable for proof of enrollment: Yes
    • Steps to obtain the document:
      • Can be ordered in person at the Registrar's office OR online.
      • Click "Order Transcripts Online."
      • Then click "Start" at the bottom of the page.
      • Complete the online form.

A leave of absence is used to put your New Century Scholarship "on hold". Use the leave of absence request form if you have qualified for and received one or more scholarship payments. A leave of absence is generally used when you are:

  • serving in the military,
  • have a major medical issue, or
  • for humanitarian/religious service reasons

Leave of absence requests for reasons such as traveling, attending a non-eligible college/university or working to save money will not be approved. Requests for a leave of absence are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, with no guarantee of approval. The scholarship will expire five years from the date of high school graduation; a leave of absence does not extend this expiration.

Students must submit their leave of absence request through the New Century Scholarship Student Portal . The online form can be found on the Payments/Leave Request tab. With the online form, students must also submit proof of completion from the previous semester attended and supporting documentation related to the leave request. Under each section below the acceptable supporting documents are listed.

Leave of absence requests are due by the following deadlines:

  • August 1 if seeking a leave beginning Fall semester
  • January 15 if seeking a leave beginning Spring Semester (Winter semester if attending BYU or SUU)

You are responsible for managing your scholarship even while on leave. If you will not be able to monitor your scholarship account online, it is STRONGLY recommended that you authorize someone to act on your behalf by obtaining and submitting a copy of a notarized power of attorney. Even if you think you will be able to monitor your account in your absence, it is also highly recommended that you mail in the Student Information Release Form to authorize someone else to receive information about your account while you are gone. Receiving an approved leave of absence does not exempt you from meeting requirements and deadlines. Be sure to check your account regularly or have an authorized person do it for you.

  • You must be of age to serve and set your availability to serve on or before December 1 (if seeking a leave for Fall Semester) or April 1 (if seeking a leave for Spring Semester or Winter Semester for those attending BYU or SUU).
  • If you will not be of age to serve a mission and do not set your availability date as outlined above, you will not be eligible for a leave of absence. Therefore, to remain eligible for the scholarship, you will need to continue attending school enrolling in 15 credits.
  • If you return early from your mission, you must contact the New Century Scholarship office immediately as the terms of the leave of absence are now void. Failure to do so may result in the forfeiture of the scholarship.
  • Required Supporting Document: a copy of your mission call stating the date you will be leaving and the length of time you will be serving. For students who have not yet received their call they must submit a letter from their bishop on church letterhead stating the student's intent to serve and their availability date to serve. The request may be granted on a provisional basis until a copy of the mission call is submitted to the New Century Scholarship office.
  • Required Supporting Document: You must submit a letter from the program on letterhead stating the length of time you will be gone and the service you will be participating in. This letter needs to include details regarding the service you will be providing.
  • Required Supporting Document: you must provide a formal doctor's note describing your individual circumstances which prevent you from meeting the scholarship requirements and your doctor's recommendation regarding your college enrollment. Information related to the medical condition must be current (less than 3 months old).
  • Leave of absence requests related to medical reasons are typically only approved a semester at a time.
  • Required Supporting Document: You must submit a copy of your military orders that state the length of time you will be gone and the date you will report for service.

When returning from a leave of absence, you will follow the Renewal and Payment Request Instructions in order to "reactivate" your scholarship.

Contact New Century Scholarship

newcentury@ushe.edu

801-321-7221

New Century Scholarship Program
P.O. Box 145116
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-5116