Iron County Scholarship Fair

The Iron County Scholarship Fair was created in 2010 by TRIO's Educational Talent Search program. The fair was designed to give students a tool that could help them on their path to post-secondary education and find additional funding. Students build a simple portfolio that includes a resume, letters of recommendation and other useful information and are then given the opportunity to meet with community members to interview for scholarships.

For the Community

The Iron County Scholarship Fair is an opportunity for you to create a scholarship in your name and support the region's future community members and leaders.

With college just around the corner, many bright, talented and deserving local high school students are still in search of financial support to help fund their education. We hope to solicit your support in this year's annual Scholarship Fair. Please consider making a scholarship donation to our local youth. Any amount is welcome and needed beyond the $100 minimum donation.

The Scholarship Fair

The scholarship fair allows you to be very specific in your support. You determine the amount and recipient profile of the scholarship to be created in your name. The scholarship may be used for ANY institution of higher education or training, though you are welcome to set those parameters as well should you prefer to buoy a specific institution. Additionally, to allow you the opportunity to play an active role in the selection of your scholarship recipient, the Talent Search Program at Southern Utah University will host a scholarship fair to be held annually in March.

Scholarship Fair Video

The Portfolios

We have asked students who wish to be considered for an award generated through the scholarship drive to compile a brief portfolio that contains a personal biography with an essay, an educational resume, their high school transcript, and letters of recommendation and demonstrate financial need. During the fair, students will be available for brief interviews and to present their portfolios for your review.

Students who are chosen for a scholarship will be presented the award at each schools respective awards night in May of each year. Students will also need to provide verification of enrollment for their chosen institution before the scholarship money is awarded.

Our Goal

To help local students find more scholarship opportunities and allow those awarding scholarships to increase their pool of candidates and become acquainted with the students in this area.

After the Scholarship Fair

The Iron County Scholarship Fair is a community event and is designed to provide students with many and diverse scholarship and college opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to interview for several scholarships. This is an opportunity to gain interview experience and bridge a gap between the student and their community. The portfolios are designed to be a valuable resource for students past the Scholarship Fair. We have found that a small, $100 scholarship donation gets a student on campus. Education then becomes a tradition.

Scholarship Portfolios

For Students

To participate in the Iron County Scholarship Fair, each student will need to create a scholarship portfolio. Guides lines are below. Students then meet with community members the day of the scholarship fair to interview for scholarships. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this years fair will be held virtually. Portfolio requirements remain the same with an additional video submission requirement.

To Apply for Scholarships

  • PORTFOLIO: You will need one for each scholarship that you apply for.
  • INTRODUCTION VIDEO: Must be in business dress.

Portfolio Requirements

Below are examples and links to possible templates. Portfolios should contain only the following and, in the order, listed:

Downloadable Guidelines

  1. Cover Page that contains only a picture, name and educational goal. Only the cover page can be in color.
  2. Educational Resume must be kept to one page only. You are welcome to change the formatting, font, etc., however, the template includes the needed resume information.
  3. Essay (1 page, double spaced, size 12 font, 1-inch margins, 300 words maximum) following the prompt below.

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family"

From this quote, Kofi Annan teaches that education is the premise of progress. Write a brief essay about the premise or the foundation of your progress through education. The essay should include a small paragraph about yourself (your life views and how you are unique), your financial need (your preparation and plan to pay for your education) and your career goal (how will this progress help you achieve your career goal and how does this career benefit society and family?).

 4. Transcript: does not need to be official

 5. Two Letters of Recommendation. One of the letters must be from someone not  
 associated with your school (i.e. teacher, counselor, coach, etc...) 

 6. Financial Need & Digital Footprint Form 

Video Requirements

Interviews often start with open-ended questions. For this video you will answer the dreaded "Tell me about yourself" question. This is your opportunity to be memorable. Start with your name, your high school and your area of interest. Then consider your Stand Out Factor. Talk about 3 or 4 personality assets or skills that you believe the scholarship donor will value. Be concrete. Show how your skills have made a difference in your academic life but even more importantly, talk about how these personality assets or skills differentiate you from other scholarship applicants.  

  • Video length must be no longer than 2 minutes max
  • Video must be of you in business dress
  • Upload requirements can include:
    • YouTube (as unlisted or public)
    • VidYard
    • Vimeo
    • Google Drive and share it
    • Or wherever you prefer, as long as we can access the video!

Scholarship List

2021 Scholarship List

Day of the Scholarship Fair



All Portfolios and Videos must be submitted no later than Friday, March 5th at 11:59 pm. Portfolios must be uploaded as one document and in the order listed above.  

Submit Portfolio & Video

Remember that you will need to submit one portfolio and video for each scholarship that you apply for. After submitting you will be redirected back to this page so you could submit a new portfolio if needed.