Newly Created ‘Forgotten Carols’ Scholarship Awarded to UVU Students
December 3, 2010
For Immediate Release
For more information: Toni Harris (801) 863-6816
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Karissa Neely (801) 863-6351
Michael McLean’s “The Forgotten Carols” shares the songs of the forgotten players in the Christmas story, and he wants to make sure hard-working Utah Valley University students are not forgotten either. Two students in UVU’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences are excited to be among the remembered ones. They were presented the scholarships at the Dec. 2 performance of “The Forgotten Carols” in the UCCU Center.
Manuela Corleto, a junior from Riverton majoring in behavioral science, received a full tuition scholarship. Chase Boyle, a junior in psychology from St. George, received a half-tuition scholarship.
Corleto and Boyle sparked attention from the scholarship committee through written essays detailing their financial need. Carleto hopes to work in law enforcement after graduation, and eventually work for the FBI. Boyle said he plans to become a therapist, and also wants to teach at some point in his career.
“Financial need was the number one criterion for this scholarship, and they each did the best job of explaining that need,” said Toni Harris, assistant dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. “Quite honestly, we don’t have that many privately funded scholarships in our college, only a few, even though we are one of the largest colleges on campus.”
Harris said McLean, who is best known as an entertainer, sits on the College’s advisory board and has a passion for family studies.
“Michael loves this college and wanted to help the students in it,” Harris said.
The scholarship was funded by VIP ticket package sales of “The Forgotten Carols.” Harris said the advisory board was excited the sales generated enough funds to pay for two scholarships. The board hopes to make this an annual event, with the ability to eventually fund several full-tuition scholarships.
As part of the VIP package, donors enjoyed a reception Dec. 2 prior to the performance, where they met UVU President Matthew S. Holland, Michael McLean, the cast of the play and Corleto and Boyle.
“I want to have a life of service to others, and the scholarship has helped me see that I have the chance to succeed. Hopefully, when I’m a professional, I can pay it back,” Carleto said.
Boyle too, yearns to help others, and was thrilled to receive the scholarship. His current job, while right in line with his major, only pays his rent, not food or other necessities. He’s been living off money he’d saved over the summer.