Who We Are

Children First Utah was organized in 2000 in response to the hopelessness thousands of low-income families face when their children are trapped in schools that are failing them. Every family, regardless of financial circumstance, deserves access to a high-quality education tailored to their children’s needs. Many public schools cannot meet this ideal and low-income families have no affordable alternatives. Children First Utah offers tuition assistance to low-income families in Utah, empowering concerned parents with educational options for their children. Our purpose is to support parents who actively direct and invest in their children’s education.


Program Facts:

  • Scholarships are for one-half of the tuition costs, up to $1,800 a year per child.
  • Families are responsible for the remaining tuition costs of half or more.
  • Tuition assistance is paid directly to the schools serving our scholarship recipients.
  • To date CFU has provided over 2,000 scholarships
  • The average income for a CFU family is below $25,000 a year.
  • The total Investment in education to date is over $8,000,000.