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Presidential chairs and multiple scholarships

Utah business leader and world-recognized philanthropist Jon M. Huntsman bucked national giving trends when he officially announced today that the Huntsman family will fund two $1.5 million presidential chairs at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, and it will double the number of scholarships available to Armenian students, continuing his long-standing commitment to the people of that country.

“One of the big issues that concerned me,” said Alex, “was how I was going to be able to afford to live on campus and at the same time pay out of state tuition.” With the additional funds received through the Sessions scholarship, Alex was able to become involved in Leadership House on campus. “That,” said Alex, “has made the biggest difference in my first year experience here at Utah State University.”

“We are so very proud of the Armenian students and are pleased with their progress and achievements at USU,” Huntsman said. “It is an honor to be involved in their development as future professionals and know that the business acumen they are gaining will empower them to be productive contributors to Armenia’s growth in the global marketplace.”

Huntsman already funds scholarships for 13 Armenian students and more than 100 students at the business school who are enrolled in the prestigious and highly competitive Huntsman Scholars Program. USU Huntsman Scholars are selected on the basis of leadership, scholarly promise and a commitment to service. Huntsman scholarship grants allow students to engage in customized, global learning experiences in South America, Asia and Europe where they are directly exposed to top business, government and academic leaders.

Jon M. Huntsman

Jon M. Huntsman scholarship donor

USU President Stan Albrecht attended the meeting with the students where Huntsman first talked about his new contribution to fund the presidential chairs.

“These gifts will prove a great addition to USU and a wise investment in the students we serve,” Albrecht said. “We are grateful to the Huntsman family for their remarkable, ongoing commitment to this university. They understand the role our faculty members play in shaping the lives of our students and the culture of this great institution. The significance of this gift cannot be underestimated.”

As business schools across the country face budget cuts and even a reduction in private sector contributions, the news of the added financial support is welcome, according to Douglas D. Anderson, dean of the Huntsman School of Business.

“Mr. Huntsman shares the vision we have about the potential of our students and the need to recruit and retain top professors as we transform the Huntsman School of Business,” Anderson said. “Our job is to be a career accelerator for our students, and we believe that in carrying out this mission, we will have a positive impact on the economy. We are incredibly grateful for these gifts that come in addition to the very generous support Mr. Huntsman has already given to our students and our programs. ”

At a dinner in April, Huntsman Scholars and USU Huntsman scholarship recipients from Armenia were given a chance to talk to Huntsman about the impact his contributions have made in their lives.

“On behalf of the many people who will be affected by this Huntsman Scholarship program, thank you,” senior Eddie Norton said at the presentation to the Huntsmans. “Thank you for your example. Thank you for your charity. But most importantly, thank you for believing in us because we are going to make a great difference throughout the world.”

In December 2007, Huntsman visited USU in Logan, Utah, to announce a gift of $26 million, with $25 million to go to the business school and $1 million going to support scholarships for Armenian students. The USU College of Business was then renamed the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.

The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at USU guides students as they become innovative, ethical leaders with refined analytical skills that will help them understand and succeed in the global marketplace. The Huntsman School of Business is one of seven colleges at USU, located in the beautiful Wasatch Range of northern Utah. More information on the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business may be found at www.huntsman.usu.edu.

Source – The Huntsman Post, Summer 2009 Newsletter

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