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5 lessons from First Ascent alumna Anfissa Silva Smith

2022-04-14T17:49:50-06:00April 14th, 2022|

The David Eccles School of Business recently invited alumna Anfissa Silva Smith, CPA and former Senior Audit Manager of KPMG, to speak to First Ascent Scholars as part of their Alumni Dinner. This annual event allows students, faculty, and mentors to connect over dinner and shared experiences. Silva Smith shared her international journey — from Italy to Brazil to Utah — as she [...]

Alum DJ Joune talks passion, gratitude, and grit with First Ascent Scholars

2020-01-28T13:36:30-07:00January 28th, 2020|

Each year the David Eccles School of Business invites First Ascent scholars, faculty, and mentors to connect over dinner and listen to an alumni guest speaker. This year, DJ Joune, the official home DJ of the Utah Jazz, spoke at the event and shared how he lives a life of passion and service.  Joune began his inspirational talk with a snapshot of his [...]

New HOPE scholarship will support more first-generation students

2019-12-20T15:09:42-07:00December 20th, 2019|

A new scholarship is bringing HOPE to low-and-moderate income, first-generation students in Salt Lake City. The HOPE scholarship, which stands for Helping Our People Excel, was announced Friday as a private-public collaboration between Salt Lake City, the Semnani Family Foundation and the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business. The Eccles School and the Foundation have jointly seeded the scholarship fund with $150,000. [...]

Scholarship luncheon celebrates First Generation students

2019-11-25T11:51:35-07:00November 25th, 2019|

The David Eccles School recently honored scholarship recipients and donors at its 68th annual Scholarship Luncheon. This year's event coincided with First Generation Student Day, and to celebrate, some of the Eccles School's First Ascent Scholars were student speakers, along with first-generation alumna Kimberly Maez Johnston, now a national tax partner with EY. Johnston spoke powerfully about how receiving the Ruth Eleanor Bamberger and [...]

Jack Elizondo: 5 pieces of advice to help First Ascent Scholars succeed

2019-11-27T16:57:04-07:00April 10th, 2018|

Being the first person in your family to graduate from college is definitely something to be proud of, but getting there can come with its own set of challenges. It's an experience well known to Jack Elizondo, who recently shared his experience with the First Ascent Scholars. Here are a few takeaways: Lean on your family, and get help where you can Elizondo's family [...]