UVU National Presidential Advisory Board Announces First Stephen R. Covey Internship Scholarship Recipient
April 26, 2013
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert
Written by: Heather Wrigley
Jordan Alyce Guinn, a history and political science major at Utah Valley University, has been awarded the inaugural Stephen R. Covey Internship Scholarship by UVU’s National Presidential Advisory Board. The NPAB established the scholarship in honor of the late Stephen R. Covey, a highly esteemed member of the board until his passing.
“Jordan has demonstrated consistent academic excellence, exceptional leadership on campus and a commitment to freedom and national security,” said Jack Sunderlage, NPAB chair. “Her devotion to community service and to Covey’s principles is evident through two years of weekly volunteer work with students who have special needs and other outstanding service.”
The scholarship is awarded to UVU students who demonstrate the Covey legacy through excellence in leadership and community service and who have been selected to serve an internship in Washington, D.C.
“She’s always been really motivated and proactive,” said Maren Mather, an internship coordinator in the Internship Services Office, where Guinn has worked as a government internship recruiting assistant since August 2012. “Since she came on, we’ve doubled the number of interns we will have in D.C. this summer.”
Guinn, who hails from Lindon, Utah, is heavily involved in the political scene on and off campus. Last year, she spent time as a head intern with the Mitt Romney campaign, and she is a member of two clubs on campus — College Republicans, for which she is secretary, and the American-Israel Alliance. She also frequently dedicates time to work with local special-needs youths.
“I am extremely excited for this opportunity to represent UVU in the capital of the United States, and I am grateful for the opportunity to receive the Stephen R. Covey Scholarship,” Guinn said. “It will be a tremendous help to me and to my goals as a student to expand my network and further my career goals.”
Guinn will be interning with Congressman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, this summer, researching bills and policies, improving constituent relations and giving tours of the U.S. Capitol.
“We hope that as we award these scholarships to outstanding UVU students, that we can say as Dr. Covey said, ‘To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground,’” said Pamela Atkinson, former NPAB co-chair.
UVU’s NPAB comprises prominent Utah citizens and others from around the nation. The board advises UVU President Matthew S. Holland on strategic issues affecting the University.