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First Ascent Scholars celebrate 2021-22 graduates with red-carpet event

First Ascent Scholars celebrated this year's graduates in red carpet style, complete with a formal dinner, unique stoles, and even a mini-gold statue. Surrounded by a community of peers, family, mentors, donors, and staff, each spoke words of gratitude and offered advice to their fellow scholars. Graduate Salmoon Masih offered the following advice to his fellow cohorts: Freshman "Welcome, you have been given a [...]

2022-05-18T11:44:09-06:00May 18th, 2022|

Congrats to 2022 Inclusion & Business Strategy Case Competition winners

The Goff Strategic Leadership Center and the Office for Student Inclusion at the David Eccles School of Business recently hosted the 2022 Inclusion & Business Strategy Case Competition. Sponsored by Dominion Energy, this annual competition allows students to strengthen their skills and work within a team to solve a business case focused on inclusion. This year's challenge came from Versatile Image, a local [...]

2022-04-21T11:30:15-06:00April 21st, 2022|

5 lessons from First Ascent alumna Anfissa Silva Smith

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 [...]

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

Opportunity Scholars celebrate Fall 2021 graduates

Opportunity Scholars gathered students, family, and mentors for a celebration of their Fall 2021 graduates. The evening started with an official presentation where each graduate was presented with a special stole, lei, and leather folder imprinted with the program logo. Graduates then spoke of their gratitude to the program and the donors who helped to make their education possible. There was a strong [...]

2021-12-14T09:09:06-07:00December 14th, 2021|

Opportunity Scholars gather with confidence, gratitude at annual luncheon

Opportunity Scholars at the David Eccles School of Business recently gathered with donors for their annual gratitude luncheon. Catered by Moki's Hawaiian Grill & Catering, students connected with each other and the generous donors who are so essential to their education and the program. After an introduction by program directors Rich Kaufusi and Latu Kinikini, student ambassadors tackled the topic of confidence through [...]

2021-11-24T10:57:32-07:00November 24th, 2021|

Opportunity Scholars gather for annual leadership retreat

Over Fall Break, Opportunity Scholars at the David Eccles School of Business gathered at the Zion Ponderosa and Ranch Resort for a weekend leadership retreat. During this annual event, students have the opportunity to explore their potential, strengthen their leadership skills, build community, and recharge as they focus on their academic path. Reflecting this year's theme, Looking Back and Moving Forward, Latu Kinikini, [...]

2021-11-15T08:15:44-07:00November 15th, 2021|

First Ascent Scholars connect at Arches National Park

Fall Break was a busy time for our First Ascent Scholars program. First-year and sophomore scholars headed up to Moab and Arches National Park for camping, canyoneering, rock climbing, and hiking. They also engaged in curricular activities focusing on leadership, identity, citizenship, and team-building. Disconnected from their phones, social media, and texting, students were able to connect not only with nature but with [...]

2021-11-05T07:29:25-06:00November 5th, 2021|

First Ascent brings students, families, mentors together for annual Family BBQ

Students in the First Ascent Scholars program gathered earlier this month for their annual family BBQ. This event allows scholars, families, and mentors to reconnect and celebrate the start of a new year. This year's event was held outside on the GARFF patio and featured southern barbeque, lawn and table games, and great conversation. “I enjoyed sitting with my friends and eating dinner [...]

2021-09-29T15:57:10-06:00September 29th, 2021|

Opportunity Scholars reflect on their recent service with the Utah Food Bank

The Opportunity Scholars Program is synonymous with service. Each semester, students come together to serve and support the community. Over the last year, they helped at the St. Vincent Dining Hall, Welfare Square Cannery (300+ hours of service in one day!), and the Utah Food Bank where they packed and distributed food to the local community. Below students reflect on what volunteering with [...]

2021-07-30T14:00:52-06:00July 30th, 2021|

Opportunity Scholars honors and celebrates graduates

Last week, the Opportunity Scholars program honored their 2020-21 graduates with a virtual Luau. The event gave students a chance to celebrate this important accomplishment with their families, faculty, staff, fellow students, and donors. The evening started with a welcome from program leaders Richard Kaufusi and Latu Kinikini, and a dance performance from student ambassador Haylie Heale. Graduates then spoke to those who [...]

2021-05-04T12:17:22-06:00May 4th, 2021|