Natalie Hewitson, a scholarship recipient, speaks at the ball

Scholarship Ball Supports Record Number of Students

The 26th Annual Ball Raised $203,000 for Merit-Based Scholarships 

Each year the President’s Scholarship Ball brings together Utah Valley University donors to celebrate the University and to raise funds for the Presidential Scholarship. This year’s ball, on Oct 8, 2016, raised a record $203,000 through sponsorships and ticket sales.

The Presidential Scholarship helps UVU to attract and retain outstanding students. These top students raise the level of classroom discussions and improve the quality of education for all students by exemplifying excellence. Many are in great need of financial assistance, and the Presidential Scholarship is making it possible for them to attend UVU.

The Presidential Scholarship is currently providing merit-based scholarships to 53 deserving undergraduate students and a small number of graduate students. Over the past 26 years the ball has changed the lives and prospects of 873 students by providing them with financial support for their education. 

President Matthew S. Holland announced at the ball that over $87 million has been raised since he joined UVU in 2009. These funds have been raised for a wide variety of student and University needs, including the following:

  • $46.5 million for new facilities, including the Wee Care Center ­– Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, the Science Building, the Cole Nellesen Building/Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism, the NUVI Basketball Center, and the Noorda Center for the Performing Arts;
  • $18 million for programming;
  • $15 million for student scholarships;
  • $4 million for faculty support; and
  • $4 million for additional University needs. 

President Holland told guests, “I have never been more proud to be president of Utah Valley University than I am at this moment in our history. On behalf of thousands and thousands of students and hundreds and hundreds of faculty and staff, let me express our complete gratitude for all you have done and continue to do.” 

Presidential Scholarship recipient Sam Corbridge said, “I am grateful for the opportunities that this scholarship will provide…Through my UVU experience I hope to secure for myself the opportunity to be a family man who earns his living doing what he loves.”

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