The Utah Valley University (UVU) President's Scholarship Ball has a rich legacy and tradition of excellence. For more than 30 years, this annual event has brought together supporters to provide full-tuition scholarships for high-performing students who are awarded the Presidential Scholarship.

We look forward to seeing you at the UVU President’s Scholarship Ball on October 07, 2023. If you are unable to join us and would prefer to support future scholars, please click below to donate.

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Presidential Scholarship Highlights

John Forsgren

The Lifelong Pursuit of Learning

Jonathan “John” Forsgren's '25 journey through the world of computer science is a testament to his determination and the power of education. A junior at Utah Valley University (UVU), he followed a path marked with a passion for programming and an unwavering quest for knowledge.

“I've had a love of programming and computers ever since I was 10, when my mom taught me HTML and my best friend taught me how to make Minecraft programs in Java,” he explained.

John's enthusiasm for programming only intensified as he grew older. He spent his free time immersed in building games and crafting apps. He knew that if he wanted to take his skills to the next level, higher education was essential.

UVU always impressed John with its exceptional programs, a welcoming campus, and an inclusive atmosphere. For John, learning is not just a means to an end; it is a lifelong journey. He continually strives to deepen his understanding of computer science while developing valuable skills and achieving personal success.

“Thanks to the generous benefactors of this scholarship program, I am able to attend college and study something that not only brings me joy and fulfillment, but also will help me to have a great career,” John shared.

John and his wife eagerly anticipate the prospect of starting a family after he graduates. His education is an investment not just in his own future, but also his family’s.

“I would like to thank all of the donors and supporters of the UVU Presidential Scholarship for their contribution to my education and life goals. It means the world to me that I get to learn more about computer science and have the chance to improve my place in life.”

As John prepares for the opportunities that lie ahead, he embodies the spirit of resilience and determination. His passion, education, and the support of others propel him toward a future of success and achievement.

Dianet Linares

First-Generation Success

When Dianet Linares considered where to attend college after high school, Utah Valley University (UVU) impressed her with its focus toward hands-on learning and a welcoming atmosphere.

“I picked UVU because it was the perfect location, and I found out about all these great opportunities at the school,” Dianet explained. “It is also more diverse than most other Utah colleges, and the pricing was another big draw.”

As a first-generation student, attending college intimidated her. Dianet did not know how to navigate higher education or where to look for help. One day as she walked through the Liberal Arts Building, Dianet saw a group passing out information about the UVU First-Generation Student Success Center.

Now, a year later, the First-Gen Student Success Center significantly impacts Dianet’s college experience.

“This is where I’ve met most of my friends, found the resources that I needed, made connections, and found opportunities,” she said. “Now, I’ve gained the opportunity to become a first-generation mentor, where I’m able to help guide and support students who were lost just like me.”

Dianet is also an active participant in Cultural Envoy, a UVU cultural dance group. The group often travels to public schools around Utah Valley to perform for students.

“I love it because we show students that no matter your background or what you look like, you can go to college.”

Dianet currently studies architecture and hopes to start a career in custom homes after graduating in 2026.


Dianet Linares

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If you'd like to make a donation to the Presidential Scholarship fund or serve as a sponsor, please contact the Senior Director of Annual and Planned Giving, Vicky Hopper.


All donations are non-refundable.

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Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors

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A recap of the 2023 UVU President’s Scholarship Ball

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PSB 2023 Pictures