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UVU Science Scholarship and Dinner Honors LDS Church Leader Richard G. Scott

4 April 2012 11 Comments

April 4, 2012
For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Mike Rigert, (801) 863-6807

Utah Valley University is pleased to announce the creation of a newly endowed science scholarship in the name of Elder Richard G. Scott, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve.

The Richard G. Scott Scholarship Endowment will be awarded beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year to a UVU student in his or her junior or senior year pursuing a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, mathematics, physics or a related field in the College of Science & Health.

On April 3, a scholarship dinner in Elder Scott’s honor was held in the atrium of UVU’s new Science Building. Elder Scott and several members of the Scott family were present, as were general authorities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Other guests attending were prominent CEOs of scientific companies in Utah, UVU science students and Sam Rushforth, dean of the College of Science & Health.

UVU President Matthew S. Holland and Rebecca Marriott Champion, a UVU trustee and the scholarship’s donor, welcomed guests and spoke about Elder Scott’s exceptional contributions to science. Scott Miller, Ph.D., chief of the Division of Radiobiology at the University of Utah, and Laura Bridgewater, Ph.D., chair of the BYU Department of Microbiology & Molecular Biology, were guest speakers at the dinner.

“It is such an honor to receive a scholarship in the name of Elder Richard G. Scott, a gifted scientist and compassionate leader in our community who has rendered innumerable acts of service throughout his life in Utah and around the world,” President Holland said.

Elder Scott earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from George Washington University, and completed graduate work in nuclear engineering at Oak Ridge, Tenn. He spent much of his professional career helping to develop nuclear fuel for a variety of naval and land-based power plants. Elder Scott became a member of the LDS Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in October of 1988.

“UVU is an exceptional academic institution that is about to debut a new state-of-the-art science facility,” said Marriott Champion. “I wanted to contribute something meaningful that will continue to build upon the University’s legacy of higher education achievement. That contribution is a science scholarship to honor Elder Scott. He has always been fascinated by scientific discovery, and is very well read in many of the scientific disciplines, especially mathematics and physics.”

Rushforth said the Elder Scott scholarship and the new Science Building would help usher in a new era in science at UVU.

“We intend to celebrate the institution’s storied past, current successes and promising future in preparing students to excel in the sciences,” he said.


Elder Richard G. Scott

About UVU

Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.

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  • Johnny Anon. said:

    This is a state owned school. We need to stop trying to be a BYU-wanna be. Naming something after a politician or another scientist who is not an oxymoron would be much better. It is better to distance ourselves from the church, than to continuously try to be a part of it.

  • Adriana said:

    I am so grateful for Rebecca Marriott Champion’s generosity and Elder Scott’s contributions.apeoplelike them build a better community.

    Adriana 🙂

  • Ike Foss said:

    Oxymoron? So, Scott doesn’t qualify as a scientist since he is a prominent Mormon? I suppose that the endowment itself was tainted b/c it bears the partial name of Marriott? Horrors! Let’s pretend the school isn’t inhabited by a plethora of Mormons (with a fair number of ex-Mormons and anti-Mormons in the bargain).

  • Bonnie Anon said:

    This is a wonderful gift to the university. I thank Rebecca Marriott Champion for her support of our school and students. In response to Johnny Anon: Since it is a donor’s money (not the state’s) the donor can name the scholarship whatever he/she want. It could have been in the name of ‘wanna-be’ or ‘politician’ or ‘oxymoron’. She chose someone she considers honorable and worthy of the honor. When you have money enough to endow scholarships, I’m sure you will have a hero or family member you may choose to honor in this way. It creates a means for our students to come and learn no matter who’s name is on the scholarship.

  • Respond Anon. said:

    Generally the Scholarships are paid by a donor, not always the school. Richard G. Scott is a good man in his own right, apart from the church. Who cares where the donation is coming from or what the name is? It is helping someone get an education.

  • Jack Anon said:

    Why not recognize Mr. Scott for what he has done for nuclear science? I’ll wager it’s more than you’ll ever do.

  • Marshall Bingham said:

    I think it’s great that someone like Richard G. Scott is stepping up and doing something like this for students. IF another politician or scientist cared then they would contribute as well. There is no problem with someone, whether they are from the church or not, to be generous..there is no rule against that. Anybody can have a bias opinion.

  • Justin said:

    Thanks for your comments. I believe that everyone is entitled to his or her opinion and I’m also grateful for the scholarship money and the good that it will do for some student. I’d also like to add my thoughts that while ‘Johnny’ and others may not agree with Latter-day Saint beliefs, I’m glad that those that do hold those beliefs live according to them. I would say, if you do believe in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (or any truth), you should do all you can to be a part of it and not distance yourself from it. Thank you. 🙂

  • Matthew Coleman said:

    Yes Scott how shameful of UVU to invite someone who made a generous donation to the science department to come speak, not to mention being an accomplished scientist himself. Stupid UVU for trying to be a part of of the church, maybe we should be more tolerant like you.

  • Matthew Coleman said:

    Don’t know why I said Scott, I meant the stand up guy named Johnny

  • Chad Reiser said:

    This is pretty cool. Setting up a scholarship in the name of community leader is a good thing. It says to me “UVU prepares students to be leaders in the world.” There is the old adage “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” A science scholarship to honor Mr. Scott is befitting of the university and this community.

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