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Eccles Entrepreneur Susma Gurung supports young entrepreneurs with Off the Rack

Off The Rack focuses on creating a place and platform for creative student entrepreneurs, like founder Susma Gurung. The goal is to "provide young entrepreneurs an opportunity to gain exposure for their sustainable business or startup," says Gurung. Set up in a flea market format and located on the University of Utah campus, Off the Rack started with seven vendors in February of [...]

2022-11-09T16:30:34-07:00November 9th, 2022|

Opportunity Scholars partner with companies for NEW! mentorship program

In partnership with Business Career Services, Opportunity Scholars recently launched a new mentorship program for scholars within the program. This program kicked off in October, bringing several employers to campus to connect with these first-generation students regarding their career journeys and experience. Part of the event featured speed networking, allowing mentors to rotate between tables of three to four students. As a result, [...]

2022-10-04T09:58:22-06:00October 4th, 2022|

Opportunity Scholars give back to the West Valley community

The Opportunity Scholars Program at the David Eccles School of Business kicked off a new academic year with a service project. "Service is one of the core values for Opportunity Scholars," says Latu Kinikini, Opportunity Scholars associate director. "It is who we are. We are proud to be a part of the community and always strive to give back." This year, students partnered [...]

2022-09-15T15:14:38-06:00September 15th, 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|

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|

Opportunity Scholars celebrates Fall 2020 graduates

Earlier this month, Opportunity Scholars held their semester luau to celebrate their 2020 Fall graduates. Always inspirational, this semester's virtual event featured remarks from the program director, Rich Kaufusi, and alum, Simeon Lawrence. Lawrence, who received his degree in Finance, shared his personal story with the group and encouraged students to align the practice of goal setting with being intentional. "Start with the [...]

2020-12-16T10:27:05-07:00December 15th, 2020|

‘Leadership is stewardship’: Opportunity Scholars hold Annual Leadership Retreat

“At the end of the day, people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou This quote highlights the overall theme of the Opportunity Scholars Annual Leadership Retreat. Held virtually earlier this month, the event brought in speakers and alumni Annie Leither, VP Sponsorships, Zions Bank, and Erumis Ureña, Executive Officer, U.S. Foreign [...]

2020-10-28T09:21:10-06:00October 28th, 2020|