Utah Tech University

Terrel H. Bell Educational Loan

Who Can Apply?

All applicants must be “residents” of the state of Utah. Recipients must plan to attend Dixie State University for one full academic year after receiving this award. T.H. Bell funds can only be awarded to students who declare intent to complete the prescribed course of instruction required for a teaching certificate. All applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.

Application Requirements

Each applicant must submit a completed application, a copy of their unofficial grade transcripts and one letter of recommendation to the Education Department at Dixie State University. Incomplete and/or late applications will be rejected.

Selection of Recipients

The “Area of Critical Need” will be the first criteria for selection of T.H. Bell recipients, followed by GPA, quality of classes taken and letter of recommendation and financial need.

What Does This Program Pay For?

Full resident tuition and fees for up to four years, or a maximum of eight semesters, or until the requirements for teaching certification have been met, whichever is shorter.


Students receiving this award are required to complete a teacher certification program and teach on a full-time basis in a Utah Public School for a term equal to the number of years for which the funds are received.


T.H. Bell recipients are expected to either teach in a Utah Public School, beginning within two years of graduation, or repay the full amount of financial assistance they received. Recipients, who fail to complete the requirements for certification without good cause, are required to repay the full amount of financial assistance received.


If a student‚ cumulative GPA falls below 2.75, the student will be put on “probation” for one semester. During the probationary semester the student will be required to raise the cumulative GPA to 2.75 or above, or lose the award.

Transferring to Another College or University

Students who choose to transfer to another institution must first notify the scholarship coordinator at Dixie State University. They must then contact the new institution and notify the T.H. Bell Program Coordinator of their intent to transfer. Pending availability of program funds, the student must continue to meet the criteria established by the receiving institution.

How Does the Program Work?

Once the Education department makes their selection they will notify the Dixie State University Scholarship Coordinator. The students will be notified and required to meet with the coordinator to sign a promissory note. A voucher is completed each semester and may be picked up from the scholarship coordinator. The voucher is taken to the cashier‚ office and the student‚ account credited for the cost of tuition and fees. It is the student‚ responsibility to notify the scholarship coordinator of any changes in program, enrollment, grades or other changes that affects the student‚ eligibility to participate in the T.H. Bell program.

The Terrel H. Bell Incentive Loan Program is managed by the Utah State Board of Regents and is funded each year through the Utah State Legislature. The number and amount of awards is dependent each year on the legislature.