Grateful Students Meet Donors

College of Science and Health Scholarship Luncheon 

Donors to Utah Valley University College of Science and Health scholarships met with the students they're helping to learn how their generosity has made a difference in these students' lives. Organized by the UVU Office of Donor Relations, scholarship luncheons such as this provide an opportunity for donors and recipients to become acquainted and share their stories.

The luncheon took place on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the UVU Alumni Center and brought together the donors and recipients of 10 different scholarships. Everyone in attendance was moved as each of the students briefly shared the importance of a scholarship not only in their educations, but in their lives as well.

A math education major, single mother of three, and a recipient of the Rudolph P. and Edna Reese Family Scholarship said, "I want to set an example for my children. This scholarship really gives me a push to continue my education, knowing that someone supports me and my dreams."

A recipient of the Bill J. and Margaret M. Pope Scholarship returned to school later in his life, hoping to obtain a better career. He started as a construction technology major before realizing he really wanted to study biology. "My teachers are the ones who inspired me to chase my dreams," he said.

Another student, who received the Sam Rushforth Scholarship, was originally planning to study dance. However, she was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease and became too ill to pursue this career. "With the cost of my treatments, there is no way I would have been able to afford school without this scholarship," she said appreciatively. Having switched her major to biology, she hopes to someday join a research team to study the misunderstood disease.

Dean Dan Fairbanks of the College of Science and Health shared his thoughts as well, commenting on UVU's large number of nontraditional students. "UVU provides a home to these students and they greatly appreciate the scholarships they receive. Scholarships are worth so much more than just the money – they provide opportunities that would otherwise be lost. Without them, many of these students would not be able to achieve the success that they do."

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