Our Partners

Our Partners2019-07-01T15:24:30-07:00

Our Partners

“The very low graduation rate of students that come from challenging personal and socioeconomic backgrounds is a problem that needs to be actively addressed. There are young men and women in our community that have all the talent, drive and creativity to achieve success and make a difference in the world, yet are held back by lack of opportunity and support.

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. he 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

Victoria Cabal
Victoria CabalFirst Ascent Scholars Program Director
Mark Parker
Mark ParkerAssociate Dean of Programs, Associate Professor (Lecturer)
Taylor Randall
Taylor RandallDean, David Eccles School of Business
Helen Cardon
Helen CardonBoard Member
Jeff Cardon
Jeff CardonBoard Member
Doug Neville
Doug NevilleBoard Member
Jack Elizondo
Jack ElizondoBoard Member
Shailaja Akkapeddi
Shailaja AkkapeddiBoard Member

Thank you to our sponsors

The First Ascent Scholars Program would not be possible without the generous support of donors and program partners. With their support, we are able to provide scholarships and quality programming for our scholars. Thank you to the following partners for their commitment to the First Ascent Scholars Program mission.

Jeffrey D. and Heather O. Adams
Katie Farrell Amundsen
The Benevity Community Impact Fund
Michael Caldwell
The Jeffrey and Helen Cardon Foundation
Paul R. Christenson
Teresa A. Cloward
Frances I. and Christopher J. Cronin
Cullco Operations
The Denver Foundation
John C. and Mia Dewitt
David F. and Kimberly Dougherty
C. Hope Eccles and Randal K. Quarles
Marriner S. Eccles Foundation
David and Bryan Eldredge
Jack and Melanie Elizondo
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
John H. and Carol Ann W. Firmage
Nicholas James Fuoco
Elissa Glass
Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund
Victoria Eugenia Gonzalez-Cabal
Don Goschy and Vince DePisa
Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation
Christian D. and Rebecca Jensen
Roger P. and Betty Johnson
Marcella Kirschbaum
Ajay Krishnan and Shailaja S. Akkapeddi
Bruce M. and Gayle T. Larson
Management & Training Corporation
Erica F. Marken
Robert S. and Suzanne Marquardt
Moreton Family Foundation
Edward B. and Barbara C. Moreton
Judith S. Moreton
Christina A. Palacios
Mark R. Parker and Holly Zullo
Jeremy C. and Tiffany Pope
Prudential Financial, Inc.
The Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving
E. William and Martha J. Scott
Samuel S. and Diane P. Stewart
Kathryn Kayser Tosie
Wasatch Advisors Incorporated
Wells Fargo Foundation
William M. and Lisa F. Wirthlin
Heidi D. and Todd Woodbury
Jeffrey and Vanessa D. Wright
William B. and Margaret I. Zachry