Opening Doors of Opportunity

scholarship ballet performance

The 24th annual President's Scholarship Ball, held Oct. 25, 2014, focused on the theme of "connecting communities for good," highlighting the many ways in which Utah Valley University works closely with the community to the benefit of both. Collaborations provide hands-on learning experiences to students that help prepare them for meaningful careers and simultaneously benefit the businesses and organizations that serve our communities and provide jobs to our citizens.

"UVU is transforming the educational and economic landscape of our community and beyond," said President Matthew S. Holland, pointing out that UVU educates more Utahns than any other school and makes an annual economic impact of $534 million on the state.


President Holland speaks at Scholarship Ball

Funds raised from the ball go to the merit-based Presidential Scholarship, which currently supports 50 UVU undergraduates and one graduate student each year. Nu Skin was the title sponsor of the ball, and Xlear was the emerald sponsor. Diamond sponsors were Clarke Capital Partners and Utah Community Credit Union, and platinum sponsors were Coldwell Banker Commercial, Esnet, and McColee Partners. A host of other sponsors and individuals helped make this the most successful ball to date, raising $166,520, with an additional $30,000 in pledges coming in the night of the event.


scholarship ballroom performance

Altogether, UVU has raised over $10 million in private scholarship funds over the past five years, and President Holland thanked donors for making a difference in the lives of so many students. "It is difficult to convey just how much good is achieved by donating to scholarships," he said. "In many cases, they open the doors of opportunity to students who could not otherwise afford to pursue an education. . . . For each type of scholarship, there are literally thousands of UVU students who would benefit from it."

Scholarship Ball dinner

An exquisite, seven-course dinner was served up by UVU's Culinary Arts Institute, featuring a roasted fillet of tenderloin entrée, and guests were treated to performances by the UVU Symphony Orchestra, Green Man Group, Ballroom Dance Company, and Jazz Combo as well as the Utah Regional Ballet, highlighting UVU's exceptional School of the Arts.

Scholarships Make Dreams Come True

Pamela Lara

A scholarship has freed up time for Pamela Lara, a double major in physics and physics education, to conduct cutting-edge research in astrophysics: she has discovered seven stars never before observed or described. Pamela has presented her research at two American Physical Society meetings and received an award for the best undergraduate poster.

Eddie Cabrera

For Edward Cabrera, born to an impoverished family from Guatemala, higher education would not have been an option without a scholarship. When he graduates from the Woodbury School of Business, he will be the first member of his family with a college degree. He plans to go on to graduate school and to give back to the community that supported him during his educational years.

More information about the President's Scholarship Ball.