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The Community Foundation of Utah Awards 39 College Scholarships


39 high school and college students will be attending school this fall as recipients of educational scholarships awarded through the Community Foundation of Utah. The Foundation administers 13 individual scholarship programs that grant between $100 and $5,000 dollars per student. More than $50,000 will be awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year.

All scholarships are made through a competitive application process. Eligibility requirements range from outstanding academics, to community involvement, to those geared toward specific students. Committees of staff, donors and community experts screen, rate, and select recipients.

Blair Hodson, who directs the scholarship program at the Community Foundation of Utah, explains, “These programs have been established and funded by generous local individuals who know there is no better investment in Utah’s future than the education of its residents. The breadth of these scholarships reflects the diversity of our state and the donors who make these awards possible.”

The African Women’s Education Fund Scholarship provides African women refugees a grant to support their pursuit of education, technical training or certification.

The Collester Scholarship supports high achieving high schools graduates who face economic barriers in the pursuit of post-secondary education.

The EMBA Alumni Service Scholarship goes to University of Utah undergraduates and post-graduates engaged in exceptional community service activities.

The Equality Leadership Fund Scholarship funds the education of students who have demonstrated leadership in the LGBT rights movement.

The Home Education Leadership Scholarship was enables children who have been home-schooled to pursue a post-secondary education.

The Latter-day Pioneer Scholarship supports students who are first or second generation converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Natural History Museum of Utah Youth Teaching Youth Scholarship is awarded to graduates of the museum’s science education Youth Teaching Youth program.

The Sit with Me Sunday Scholarship supports the post-secondary education of LGBTQ students that are also members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Scrooge Scholarship provides support for the post-secondary education of a parent or legal guardian of a child with specific disabilities.

The Willy the Plumber Scholarship, established by a former inmate, offers educational for the children of Utah inmates.

Scholarship recipients will be attending the following schools: Brigham Young University, East Tennessee State University, Idaho State University, Salt Lake Community College, Sarah Lawrence College, Southern Utah University, University of Utah, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Dixie State University, Salt Lake Community College, and Weber State University.

The Community Foundation of Utah Community Foundation of Utah is a catalyst for philanthropy that is visionary, sustainable and inclusive. More information is available at

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Vanessa Crezee

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