Support From Every State
Utah State received donations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and 29 counties within the state of Utah. The highest total amount came from Cache County with $3,487,345 in gifts from 2,273 donors. Salt Lake County with $2,664,575 from 736 donors and Davis County with $2,550,997 from 514 distinct donor rounded out the top three. Outside of Utah, the top three states in total dollars donated were Washington, with $3,899,495 donated; New Jersey, with $1,225,151 donated; and California, with $697,457 donated.
Giving by Impact Area
USU Faculty and Staff Giving
Faculty and Staff Donors
“Bob and I peppered USU with gifts in lots of different areas. You don’t have to be a millionaire to do some good. We each started by giving a dollar per paycheck, increased that amount, and let little bits accumulate.”
— Kathy Bayn, USU retired staff member, alumnus wife, and alumni mother
Read more about how Bob and Kathy Bayn made a big difference one gift at a time.
Giving by Year
Below are just a few highlights from some of the many areas our amazing Aggies supported this year.
Student Emergency Hardship Fund
Number of Gifts
Student Nutrition Access Center
Number of Visits
Counseling and Psychological Services
Aggie Family Endowed Scholarship
The Aggie Family Endowed Scholarship Program is a matching gift initiative that allows the impact of a gift to grow through the generosity of others. A $30,000 donation is matched dollar-for-dollar with an originating donor’s $25,000 to create an endowed scholarship. The additional $5,000 includes $1,000 a year for five years for immediate student impact. The scholarship becomes endowed (self-sustaining) after five years, and it is awarded each year from the investment income earned. This program enables motivated students to attend the university, regardless of their financial circumstances. Since the program began in 2018, $3.4 million has been raised and 61 Aggie Family Endowed Scholarships have been created.
Many of the Aggie Family Endowments that were created this year were made possible through a gift from the estate of William Wintle. The estate gift created an Aggie Family Scholarship in the name of William Wintle for Academic and Instructional Services, with the remaining funds used to create matches for eight additional Aggie Family Scholarships. This was the third time matching gifts were made available for the scholarship.
Incredibly, USU garnered enough gifts from additional generous Aggie Family donors to have every dollar matched within one day of the matching gift announcement!
Inspired by news of the initial Aggie Family match, John Lewis Needham ’97, an active Aggie alumnus, established the Cleo Christensen Smith Aggie Family Scholarship in 2018. The endowment was named in honor of John’s grandmother, commemorating Cleo’s 100th birthday and celebrating her career as a pioneering educator in Cache Valley.
“Within hours of receiving word from Utah State about this matching gift initiative, I rallied my cousins to join in, and persuaded them to help me create the Cleo Christensen Smith Aggie Family Scholarship in our grandmother’s name. We couldn’t have done it without the generosity of the donor we matched.”