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
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
$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.”