The Circle of '88
The Circle of ‘88 brings together those whose generous giving to specific USU initiatives advances our founding principles – teaching, research and service – the very ideals USU was founded on in 1888. Join The Circle of ‘88 with a three-year commitment of $3,000.
You Choose Where to Give
A college education remains the single biggest indicator of a person’s economic prosperity. College is also a place where young adults form lifetime friendships, learn the skills necessary to live independently and expand their horizons through the sharing of new experiences.
But for most young adults with intellectual disabilities, access to college is unimaginable. Out of 4,000-plus college campuses in the United States, only 217 offer programs geared toward these students. Aggies Elevated at Utah State University is one of those programs. It provides an inclusive, post-secondary education experience where students can explore their independence in a safe and supportive environment.
The Aggies Elevated program relies entirely on the support of people like you. We will only accept as many students as we have resources to support without compromising their experience, and the existing need far outstrips the spots available. By joining the Circle of ’88, you support the instructors, tutors, equipment and technology essential to growing the program.
"I received a phone call from Taylor the other day. It was around 3 p.m. I answered and said, "Taylor, how are you? So nice of you to call." She answered, “Dad, I just wanted to call you and tell you ‘thank you’ for making my dream a reality. I love it here and this is my dream."
Kim Henrie, father of Taylor, an Aggies Elevated student.
The Institute for Government and Politics
Utah State University has a rich tradition of sending quality interns to Capitol Hill. Thousands of Aggies over the last few decades have left campus for a semester to work in the political arena as interns. The Institute for Government and Politics (IOGP), while newly formed, builds on this past legacy by providing more internship opportunities for every major.
Unfortunately, many USU students simply cannot afford to become interns. Through your generosity, the IOGP helps fund travel and living expenses and makes it possible for students to take unpaid internships. By joining the IOGP’s Circle of ’88, you’ll help ensure that simple living expenses don’t make or break a student’s chance to serve an internship.
Anna Maria Guadarrama
Intern for White House Domestic Policy Council, ‘14
"The IOGP’s support made an internship with the White House a reality for me, an opportunity I wouldn’t have had without help. The program immerses students in a new and challenging environment where we can test our knowledge, build new skills and ultimately explore the direction we want to take after graduation."
Utah State University offers the only veterinary program in the State of Utah. One year of in-state tuition for a School of Veterinary Medicine student is approximately $24,000 and $47,000 for a non-resident student, not including living expenses.
The program’s heavy study load makes it nearly impossible for veterinary students to work during their educational experience. By giving to the School of Veterinary Medicine, you’ll ensure that simple living expenses don’t make or break a student’s chance to achieve their chosen veterinary career path.
Your willingness to join the Circle of ’88 not only creates an immediate impact on veterinary students, but will help ensure sustainable funding for future generations of students who want to contribute to this important field.
Veterinary Medicine Doctoral Student, ‘16
"A scholarship made it possible for me to go back to school in my mid-30s and fulfill my dream of becoming a veterinarian. It was a huge leap of faith at the time, but I’ve found a world-class education, state-of-the-art facilities and professors who really know how to challenge their students."
The Interfaith Initiative
We live in one of the most religiously diverse nations on Earth, but we sometimes forget that here in the rural Intermountain West. As educators, we help prepare students to bridge the “religious-divides” they will surely encounter as they leave Utah State University for distant cities and lands. We also help prepare them to counter the poisonous public dialogue that so often accompanies religious discourse in a world where religious difference so frequently leads to conflict and violence.
By contributing to the Interfaith Initiative Circle of ’88 you will help us accomplish the following:
- The creation of the USU Interfaith Center for Global Religious Understanding and Humanitarian Action
- Workshops, lecture series and short courses to build knowledge and capacity
- USU Interfaith Student Association leadership training
- Resource library and information dissemination
’17 doctoral candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering
“As a Muslim student on campus, the USU Interfaith Initiative provides me with a safe and open space to express my identity. Working with people of different faiths has helped me realize the common grounds of peace, compassion and cooperation. Most importantly, I am now equipped with the skills to help me start thinking collectively in order to solve our common global problems.”
Department of English
While earning a degree in English from USU is a lucrative investment, many students are not able to fully fund their education. Scholarships are no longer just a bonus in assisting with a student’s financial obligations toward college. They are crucial for bridging the gap between the increasing cost of tuition and what the student and his or her family can afford to pay out of pocket.
The difference is made up by private donors, like you, who believe in the Department of English and support it through gifts for scholarships, professorships, and programs that enhance a student’s university experience.
’16, secondary English Education
“My scholarship gave me the chance to invest in my educational dreams by pursuing a degree in secondary English education. Not only will this scholarship immensely benefit my life, but give me the chance to benefit the lives of my future students.”
Speech and Debate
Utah State University’s Speech and Debate Team has achieved greatness in the Northwest Forensic Conference for the past 10 years, placing in the top three every year. You can help continue this success by joining the USU Speech and Debate Team Circle of ’88.
Your contribution will pay for travel expenses and entry fees for regional and national tournaments, as well as help develop scholarships to reward dedicated students who commit hundreds of hours each year toward making USU one of the top teams in the nation.
Natalie Cook Sheets, ‘07
Journalism and Philosophy
Debate Team 2006-07
“I learned more from debate than probably all of my other classes combined. I can’t think of any aspect of my life that has not been positively impacted by my increased ability to think, speak, plan, organize, make judgments and perform professionally at a higher level.”
Utah State University is situated in the heart of Mormon culture, and its Merrill-Cazier Library houses the personal and historical collections of the late Leonard Arrington. By providing a unique and necessary setting for Mormon studies, our program is able to nurture balanced, thoughtful scholarship on pertinent topics related to Mormonism. Following USU’s lead, complementary Mormon Studies programs have developed nationwide, giving the field further recognition and academic legitimacy.
Utah State and the Arrington Chair of Mormon Studies stand in the ideal place and time to continue leading scholarship, preparing students for relevant academic and professional careers and helping guide national conversation and thought about Mormonism. By joining the Circle of ’88, your generous financial support will help USU continue this legacy of balanced, thoughtful scholarship.
Bradley Kime, ‘15
History; Ph.D. student and Thomas Jefferson Fellowship Recipient at University of Virginia
"The Arrington Chair was the primary reason I went to Utah State. It provided the critical training that propelled me into a top-tier doctorate program."
Civic engagement is central to Utah State University’s land-grant mission and to student experiences in the University Honors Program. Honors transforms students into local and global leaders, showing them how classroom knowledge can make the world a better place.
Your choice to join the Circle of ’88 will make it possible for all Honors students to turn their ambitious dreams into transformative realities. You will make an immediate impact on current Honors students and create sustainable funding for the future, ensuring that USU’s most promising local and global leaders continue to change the world for years to come.
Global Health Intern with HELP International, Uganda; Asian Studies and Pre-Health, ‘16, future physician’s assistant
“Financial support from the USU Honors Program made it possible for me to serve in Uganda as a global health intern. The internship showed me that education is an instrument for change and progress. My hands-on experience in Uganda solidified my plans to become a health professional so that I can help others.”