2021 Annual Impact Report

This report includes gifts given to Utah State University during fiscal year 2021 (FY21), from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

“Utah State University’s mission to be one of the nation's premier student-centered land-grant and space-grant universities remains as vital as ever. I am truly inspired by the generosity of our many donors and their belief in our institution as an intellectual and technological leader. The Aggie family has proven once again that USU has been and will continue to be a unique institution in the way that it serves the public through learning, discovery, and engagement.”
– Noelle E. Cockett, President, Utah State University






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“I give because Aggies help fellow Aggies.” – FY21 Donor


Alumni Giving


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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

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“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.

“I have personally been on the receiving end of the Emergency Hardship Fund, so now that I am in a better financial position, I felt it was only right for me to give back to the fund that helped me be able to stay in school and continue my educational journey.” – FY21 Donor

Student Emergency Hardship Fund



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“This donation, although physically gone and put to its purpose, will forever remain with me. When people speak of COVID-19 in the future, I will not think of the hardships that I faced, nor will I think of the surrounding elements that are taking their toll on society. I will think of the person that, although they didn’t have to, decided to act and help. I will remember the person who does not know me and decided to help me regardless. I will remember you, and I truly hope to be given the chance to thank you personally someday.” – Colton, Student


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Counseling and Psychological Services

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“Students, hang in there and don't give up even though times are tough! You can do it!” – FY21 Donor

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Endowed Scholarships

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Aggie Family Endowed Scholarship

New Scholarships

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.”