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
The First Ascent Scholars program cultivates, encourages and enables academically focused students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds to attend the Eccles School and connect with the University of Utah, local and global community while reaching their full academic potential.
Scholars are expected to give back to the broader community through volunteer work, engagement in First Ascent activities, and in their academic commitment at the Eccles School.