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Wee Care Donor Doubles Pledge To $2 Million, Holland Announces At Scholarship Ball

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September 24, 2012
For Immediate Release

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

President Matthew S. Holland announced at Utah Valley University’s 2012 President’s Scholarship Ball on Saturday that donor Barbara Barrington Jones has increased her contribution to $2 million to make the Wee Care Center’s expansion a reality. In June, she presented a $1 million gift toward the fundraising campaign to enlarge the on-campus childcare facility.

The overall purpose of the Wee Care Center, a program of Turning Point, a personal improvement and education resource for the University and the community, is to make it possible for low-income students at UVU who are also parents to complete their degrees. With these need-based criteria in place, the Wee Care Center is of particular help to low-income female students. This is one of several efforts of the Holland administration to address the state challenge of low college completion rates for women.

“We are thrilled with Barbara’s heartfelt generosity that will directly impact the lives of countless UVU students,” President Holland said. “Her gift will help provide students, particularly women, with the affordable childcare support that they need to complete their studies successfully while raising their families.”

Utah lags behind other states in terms of postsecondary participant rates for women. To address this, President Holland, in the spirit of access, has promoted the Wee Care Center, the Women’s Success Center and other UVU programs and initiatives as ways to extend greater opportunities for Utah women to gain a higher education. The endeavor also supports a state initiative for two-thirds of Utahns to hold postsecondary degrees or certificates by 2020.

Though the Barrington Jones’ gift injects a significant boost into the Wee Care Center expansion project and allows plans for a groundbreaking to move forward, the fundraising campaign will continue as the complete vision for the new childcare facility will require approximately $3-4 million.

Also announced at the annual gala was that new donations and pledges from donors, alumni and friends of the University for scholarships totaled more than $1.1 million, said Marc Archambault, UVU vice president for development and alumni relations. The $1.1 million will establish 20 new scholarships that will benefit approximately 47 UVU students. More than $350,000 in reoccurring scholarship donations were made by University supporters, and pledge fulfillments for scholarships were more than $400,000. The President’s Scholarship Ball is the University’s primary means of generating new scholarship support for UVU students.

“We are extremely grateful for the generous contributions from donors and friends of UVU,” Archambault said. “Each contribution provides greater opportunities for more Utahns to receive a valuable higher education, an asset that contributes to more productive and fulfilling lives.”

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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 Utahís 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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