Success in school is determined by many factors, and as higher education funding continues to dwindle the cost of education is increasing. While Utah State University is one of the best values around, scholarships funded during the campaign allow students to defray some of their education costs without sacrificing the quality. Throughout the course of the campaign, USU raised $32 million alone to establish 195 new scholarship endowments to be used by students over time. In addition, $26 million in expendable scholarship funds were given as gifts to be used by students immediately.
One of the highlight scholarships established during the campaign was started by USU President Stan L. Albrecht. The Aggie Promise Scholarship Endowment was created to provide financial assistance to first generation college students and other students with limited economic means as an incentive to encourage these students to enter college and complete degrees. The endowment is already a success as Aggie Promise scholarship recipient LaDonya Jackson can attest. Hailing from a rough neighborhood in Stockton, Calif., LaDonya is working hard to earn a degree in veterinary science so she can pursue her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian.
USU alums have also done their part to generously donate to the scholarship fund during the campaign. Before his passing in 2008, College of Engineering alum David G. Sant established the Undergraduate Research Scholar Endowment to support up to eight engineering students per year pursuing engineering degrees. The annual stipend is matched by a corporate sponsor and awarded to students involved with a USU corporate sponsored research project overseen by a USU faculty member housed in the Sant Engineering Innovation Building.
Dell Loy and Lynette Hansen, both USU alums, began the Hansen Scholars fund at USU to support retention scholarships for an estimated 20-25 students a year who might not have otherwise been able to afford to attend USU.
The Ray L. and Eloise Hoopes Lillywhite University Scholars Endowment was started by the the estate of Ray L. and Eloise Hoopes Lillywhite, helping USU attract and recruit top students in all areas of study at the university.
And the students are appreciative. Natalie Nelson, a speech-language pathology graduate student in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, is a scholarship recipient. Since her days as an undergraduate studying communicative disorders, Nelson has worked with faculty mentors Ron Gillam and Sandra Gillam to help children learn how to read and speak.
Nelson is especially mindful of the donors who have helped fund her education. She feels lucky to work with such esteemed faculty mentors and said that she wouldn't have the opportunity to do so without the help of scholarships and grant assistance.
"That is the only way I, and many of my fellow classmates, can afford to go to college," she said. "When I graduate I can go out into life and not be in debt."
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