UVU Scholarship Ball Highlights Engaged Learning Focus At University
October 22, 2013
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson
Written by: Heather Wrigley
This Saturday, Utah Valley University’s 2013 President’s Scholarship Ball simultaneously spotlighted the legacy of engaged learning at UVU and honored that legacy by recognizing 50 of the brightest and most deserving students at the University.
“We are extremely grateful for your generous contributions,” UVU President Matthew S. Holland told donors, alumni and friends of UVU in attendance at the ball. “Our primary objective is student success, and your commitment and dedication to helping the University provide meaningful, ongoing scholarship opportunities to our students are key to that goal.”
The President’s Scholarship Ball is Utah County’s premier gala event and the university’s primary means of generating new scholarship support for UVU students. All the proceeds from the annual event are directed to UVU’s Presidential Scholarship Program, making it possible for more students to obtain an excellent university education. All 700 tickets to this year’s ball sold out two weeks in advance of the event.
In the 23 years since the first President’s Scholarship Ball, 720 students have benefited from donors’ generosity to the Presidential Scholarship program.
The President’s Scholarship Ball also promotes the importance of general scholarships at UVU. In this past fiscal year, the UVU Foundation has received more than $1.4 million in scholarship donations and established 21 new scholarship funds. These latest efforts have brought the pool of private scholarship funds to an all-time high of 250, which will benefit approximately 650 UVU students with an average award of $2,000. The proceeds from the 2013 President’s Scholarship Ball will provide 50 Presidential Scholarships.
Guests at the Oct. 19 scholarship ball were treated to an elegant evening that highlighted the university’s engaged learning initiative — the combination of in-class and hands-on learning.
The gourmet six-course dinner included dishes prepared by award-winning chefs and students from UVU’s Culinary Arts Institute, including Lyn Wells, who was named the 2013 Western Regional Student Chef of the Year.
Student speaker and Presidential Scholarship recipient Heidi McPhie addressed the audience at one point on behalf of all the scholarship winners. McPhie has been able to participate in multiple international learning experiences, including a dance workshop in Livorno, Italy, and an internship with Rheumatic Rescue in Samoa, because of the financial help afforded her through the Presidential Scholarship Program.
“It is through UVU and the Presidential Scholarship that I’ve been given these opportunities for success,” she said. “Because of your support, we have opportunities for learning, growth, community involvement and collaborations, which will enable us to give back to the community in our chosen fields.”
Entertainment was provided by various dance and music groups from UVU including the Green Man Group, the UVU Symphony Orchestra, the Utah Regional Ballet, the Ballroom Dance Company, the UVU Chamber Choir and UVU’s Percussion Ensemble. Both the Ballroom Dance Company and UVU Chamber Choir recently returned from separate tours to China, where they engaged in cultural exchanges with local artists. The ballroom team represented the United States at the China Ninth International Folk Art Festival, which is sponsored by the largest and most prestigious arts organization in China.
NuSkin Enterprises was the title sponsor of this year’s ball. Other major sponsors of the event include Xlear, Clarke Capital Partners and Utah Community Credit Union.
Those interested in ongoing sponsorship opportunities or more information about the Presidential Scholarship Program may contact Nancy Smith at 801-863-8896 or firstname.lastname@example.org.