Woodbury Luncheons Week

The beginning of February featured multiple scholarship luncheons in which donors to the Woodbury School of Business met with the students who received their scholarships. Luncheons such as these are organized by the UVU Office of Donor Relations and provide an opportunity for students to share with their generous benefactors how the scholarships have made a positive change in their lives.

The luncheons, which took place the first week of February at the UVU Alumni Center, brought together the donors and recipients of several different scholarships. Students shared tables with their donors and were able to converse during lunch. As everyone was nearing the end of their meals, students were asked to each take a few minutes to introduce themselves, share their goals and explain how their scholarships have helped them.

A nontraditional, first-generation student and recipient of the Lindorf Endowed Scholarship explained how much she values her education and is the only one of eleven children to pursue a college degree. She plans on becoming a teacher so she can share the importance of education with others. Her scholarship has allowed her to attend school full time without working. It has also made it possible for her, along with her husband, to volunteer more of their time to their children’s extracurricular activities.

A recipient of the Stephen Gibson Entrepreneurial Scholarship expressed his gratitude by saying, “I applied for this scholarship because I wanted to be my own boss. It opened up the time for me to start my own business with a friend. A day will never come when I can fully repay those who have provided me with a scholarship. The best way I can begin is by fulfilling my goals and finishing my education, which this scholarship has allowed me to do."

“It does something to your self-esteem to know that others believe in you enough to give you money to pursue your dream, to get your education, and to reach your goals,” said a recipient of the Utah Valley Management Society Scholarship. Her scholarship provided her with spare time to get involved with service projects and the UVU Women’s Success Center. With her education, she plans to continue supporting others who have had similar disadvantages and experiences by helping them pursue their goals and education.

At the end of one of the luncheons, Dean Norman S. Wright of the Woodbury School of Business commented on the significant number of students whose scholarships provided them with time to get involved in opportunities outside of the classroom, such as getting an internship or starting a business. “During my time spent in education, I have learned that what happens outside of the classroom is on par with what happens inside the classroom,” he said.