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Our Partners

“The very low graduation rate of students that come from challenging personal and socioeconomic backgrounds is a problem that needs to be actively addressed.   There are young men and women in our community that have all the talent, drive and creativity to achieve success and make a difference in the world, yet are held back by lack of opportunity and support.   Our goal is to help our First Ascent Scholars throughout their four year college careers by providing financial support through scholarships and room and board.   We believe surrounding these students with the tools they need to navigate the university environment is as important as the financial support we provide.  The First Ascent program gives our students a sense of community through one-on-one mentoring, academic support, and international and domestic travel opportunities.  What we ask for in return is to support each other, give back to the community, and graduate.”

– Jeff and Helen Cardon

Victoria Cabal
Victoria CabalFirst Ascent Scholars Program Director
Heidi DeWitt Woodbury
Heidi DeWitt WoodburyAssistant Dean, External Relations
Mark Parker
Mark ParkerAssociate Dean of Programs, Associate Professor (Lecturer)
Chris Palacios
Chris PalaciosBoard Member
Taylor Randall
Taylor RandallDean, David Eccles School of Business
Vicki Overfelt
Vicki OverfeltBoard Member
Helen Cardon
Helen CardonBoard Member
Jeff Cardon
Jeff CardonBoard Member
Doug Neville
Doug NevilleBoard Member

Thank you to our sponsors

The First Ascent Scholars Program would not be possible without the generous support of donors and program partners. With their support, we are able to provide scholarships and quality programming for our scholars. Thank you to the following partners for their commitment to the First Ascent Scholars Program mission.