Scott Cooksey

Welcome to the Utah Valley University Division of Institutional Advancement!

Your gifts and involvement with UVU always make a difference in our students' lives.

Although UVU receives funding from the state of Utah, we depend on the generosity of donors to fund important educational priorities. Donors can contribute to scholarships, new facilities, professorships, and special programs. You may also give to a college or school, a department or a program.

Furthermore, your involvement in the Alumni Association and other areas of the University helps improve our programs and provides important engagement opportunities for our students that directly impact their success.

If you have any questions about giving to UVU, please contact us at 801-863-8568 or


Scotty W. Cooksey

Vice President of Institutional Advancement
CEO UVU Foundation


Mission Statement

The UVU Foundation operates in support of UVU's current and future needs as a vital component in the community's economic and educational engines. The Foundation is a forward-thinking philanthropic body supporting the vision of the University by contributing expertise, experience, dedication, and financial resources.


Utah Valley University's rich history mirrors that of the community. It began as a wartime vocational training ground and evolved to serve today's needs as a regional teaching university. In 1941, the Central Utah Vocational School was formed in response to the need for skilled workers to support the nation's efforts in World War II. In the nearly seven decades since that time, UVU evolved into a trades academy; a community college; and, as of July 1, 2008, Utah's newest university. What began as a tiny vocational school with a few hundred students is now the largest university in Utah, serving 41,000 students.

Foundation Board

Foundation Board Members support UVU by:

  • Telling the story of the University
  • Planning, organizing, and executing fundraising programs and activities
  • Achieving a rate of return for the University endowment above the median performance of similar funds

Foundation Board Members

Foundation Ambassadors

The recipients of this scholarship become UVU Foundation Student Ambassadors. They represent the University at key events throughout the year.

Foundation Ambassadors

Investment Committee

The Investment Committee is responsible for monitoring and balancing the Foundation’s endowment within the guidelines of the investment policy and for selecting and overseeing the Foundation’s asset managers.

Investment Committee