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New HOPE scholarship will support more first-generation students

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. [...]

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

Opportunity Scholars recharge at their annual leadership retreat

More than 95 David Eccles School Business Opportunity Scholars recently came together for their Annual Leadership Retreat. This year's retreat, designed to allow students to explore their identities and strengthen their leadership skills, took place at the Zion Ponderosa Ranch in southern Utah.  Led by program directors Rich Kaufusi and Latu Kinikini, the theme for this year was "Reflect, Recharge, Refocus." Students attended several [...]

2019-12-12T16:54:39-07:00December 10th, 2019|

Opportunity Scholars give back

On Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, Opportunity Scholars from the David Eccles School of Business partnered with more than 150 community members to clean and ready Redwood Elementary School for the year. Fellow participants included elementary teachers, the West Valley City Council, and Eccles School Academic Advisors and Business Career Coaches. Service is an integral part of the Opportunity Scholars program that helps students [...]

2019-11-27T16:35:38-07:00August 29th, 2019|

Opportunity Scholars travel to the Aloha State

This July, Opportunity Scholars from the David Eccles School of Business traveled to Hawaii to experience the all the Aloha State has to offer. After landing in Oahu, students participated in a Maunawila Heiau Service Project, sampled shaved ice at the "Pineapple Experience" on the Dole Plantation, toured Pearl Harbor, and hiked the Waimea Valley. They finished up their experience with the "Secret Island [...]

2019-11-27T16:35:52-07:00August 22nd, 2019|

Opportunity Scholars Luau celebrates 2019 graduates

Opportunity Scholars at the David Eccles School of Business recently held their Annual Luau to honor graduating seniors and celebrate another successful year. Families, advisory board members, donors, faculty, and Eccles School staff gathered for the celebration. Several students spoke of their educational journey, expressing gratitude for all the help they received along the way. The evening highlighted the full-circle support Opportunity Scholars embraces [...]

2019-11-27T16:36:04-07:00May 8th, 2019|

The value of Opportunity Scholars

For first-generation students, navigating higher education for the first time often presents unique challenges. The Opportunity Scholars program at the David Eccles School of Business is designed to help break down those barriers so students can achieve excellence, both in and out of the classroom. On Tuesday, March 19, current members of the cohort met with program alums during their monthly meeting. This was [...]

2019-11-27T16:36:18-07:00March 25th, 2019|

Opportunity Scholars Winter Luau welcomes Congressman-Elect Ben McAdams

The Opportunity Scholars program lived up to its name at this year’s luau, giving students the chance to meet Congressman-elect Ben McAdams. Each year the Opportunity Scholars program at the David Eccles School of Business honors their fall graduates at an incredible luau celebration. On Friday, December 7, the program recognized students who were set to graduate at the end of this semester. In [...]

2019-11-27T16:36:32-07:00December 10th, 2018|

Opportunity Scholars Program celebrates 33 graduates at luau

With 33 Opportunity Scholars scheduled to graduate in only a few days, excitement is in the air. Each of these graduates have faced unbelievable odds as first-generation students, making each of their accomplishments even more noteworthy. Kicking off the semi-annual luau, each of the graduates received a lei necklace, a pair of flip flops, and sunglasses. After receiving these gifts, each graduate had the [...]

2019-11-27T16:36:42-07:00May 2nd, 2018|

Opportunity Scholars explore leadership, networking and Zion National Park

The Opportunity Scholars program headed south this past weekend, gaining valuable experiences and relationships while in Zion National Park. For many of the scholars, the outdoor experiences they engaged in this past weekend were entirely new. Led by program directors Latu Kinikini and Rich Kaufusi, the scholars set up their campsite upon arrival and began engaging in activities revolving around leadership, relationship building, and [...]

2019-11-27T16:36:53-07:00April 4th, 2018|

Opportunity Scholars celebrates graduates at luau

The Opportunity Scholars program has given students immense support, financial aid and guidance for more than 20 years and continues to grow each year. At the end of each semester, the program celebrates its graduating students at a luau. This semester’s luau began with a speech by Michelle Kaufusi, the newly elected mayor of Provo city. As a first-generation student herself, Kaufusi experienced many [...]

2019-11-27T16:37:05-07:00December 20th, 2017|