UVU National Presidential Advisory Board Names Covey Intern
May 12, 2014
For Immediate Release
Written by: Melinda Colton, 801-863-6807
Taylor Williams, a communications major at Utah Valley University from Springville, Utah, has been awarded the Stephen R. Covey Internship Scholarship by the University’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 in 2012.
Williams will intern for four months this summer with Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz in his Washington, D.C., office, announced NPAB Chair Jack Sunderlage and Vice Chair Janette Hales Beckham.
“Taylor is an exceptionally outstanding person who greatly impressed NPAB selection panel members in all areas of his presentation and his background,” they said. “He will be a sterling representative of the Covey Internship name and the University.”
“Working in Washington, D.C., on Capitol Hill has always been a dream of mine. I can think of no better way to learn politics than to be up front and center with my sleeves rolled up,” Williams said.
Part of Williams’ responsibilities includes working daily with constituents. “This daily communication will refine my ability to listen, understand others’ political stances, and respond appropriately. Interaction of this type will aid me in understanding how to state my political viewpoints in a clear, concise, and respectful manner,” he said.
Williams’ future career plans include political public relations. “I am especially mindful of those who helped to make this opportunity possible for me in memory of Stephen R. Covey. I hope to repay my community in the future.”
The University’s NPAB, composed of prominent Utah citizens and others from around the nation, is UVU’s senior advisory board. Although it is not a fundraising body, it established the internship to honor fellow Board member Stephen R. Covey for his outstanding service and commitment to students. Board members are responsible for the funding of the internship, as well as the selection of the recipients in cooperation with UVU’s internship program. The Board also serves in an advisory capacity to UVU President Matthew S. Holland on strategic issues affecting the University.