Carson Smith Scholarship

School districts and charter schools are required by Utah Law, 53A1a-704(10) to inform parents of students with IEPs enrolled in public schools, of the availability of a scholarship to attend a private school through the Carson Smith Scholarship Program. This program is administered through the Utah State Board of Education, and this notice is for informational purposes only.

The Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship provides scholarships to qualified students with disabilities who enroll in eligible private schools. To participate in this program, students and schools must meet eligibility requirements established in Utah law and Utah State Board of Education Administrative Rules.

Scholarship Information

Information at this website includes:

  1. A description of the Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship program
  2. Overview for parents
  3. Application for the scholarship
  4. Instructions for filling the application.

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please contact Dawn Benke at (801) 538-7576 or

School LAND Trust

Charter schools are required to have land trust committees that make decisions about the School LAND Trust Program. LAND stands for Learning And Nurturing Development. Your committee prepares a plan that identifies the school's greatest academic need(s). The plans are approved by local school boards for implementation the following school year. Your committee receives an annual dividend from the permanent State School Fund every July to implement your school's approved plan during the next school year.

WSU Charter Acadermy welcomes parents to participate by serving on the Board of Directors or providing public comment during the scheduled time during board meetings. Parents can directly influence the expenditures of School LAND Trust funds when serving on the Board and participating in the planning and reporting of purchases made with School LAND Trust funds.

For more information, visit Utah's School LAND Trust page.