It was a historic moment for Utah State University-Moab at Grand County High School’s Awards Night on Wednesday, May 25.
USU-Moab awarded nearly $14,000 in local tuition scholarships and academic waivers to six graduating high school seniors at their annual awards night for the first time.
The university will soon be awarding an additional $16,000 in tuition scholarships and waivers to its adult students who will be attending USU-Moab this fall. Students still interested in applying for available scholarships for fall semester can do so before June 15 at usu.awardspring.com.
Many of these scholarships are the result of individuals from the community creating generous awards for students who are attending USU-Moab.
“Local scholarships make a tremendous difference in the lives of our students,” USU-Moab Dean and Executive Director Steve Hawks said. “Without donors’ vision and financial support, these scholarships would not be possible … The creation of local scholarships is a vital component in the development of a new campus in Grand County.”
Lily Hazlett, who plans to major in business administration, received the Lois Mae Sturman Business Scholarship and Academic Merit Waiver with a tuition value of $1,800.
Lindsey Meadows, who plans to major in pre-law, received the USU-Moab Alumni Scholarship and an Academic Merit Waiver with a tuition value of $2,550.
Sadie Bown, who plans to major in business administration, received the Arrowhead Motorsports Scholarship with a tuition value of $3,000.
Tressa Renn, who plans to major in pre-nursing, received the Academic Merit Waiver with a tuition value of $800.
Colton Hawks, who plans to major in business administration, received the Rachel Moody Team Scholarship and an Academic Merit Waiver with a tuition value of $2,800.
Madison Johnson, who plans to major in business administration, received the Rachel Moody Team Scholarship with a tuition value of $2,000.
Ryle Sweeney, a nursing student at USU-Moab, explained in a note to her donor, “It is hard to explain how much of a relief receiving a scholarship is; I feel supported in both financial and cultural terms.
“For the last two years of going back to college, I’ve had as many as four part-time jobs, and no fewer than two,” Sweeney added. “A scholarship has allowed me to worry about homework, not about paying for tuition. My scholarship not only helped me financially. My scholarship is a pledge of support to people like me (who) are going back to school to better themselves and this world. There are people along the way that support that path. I like the idea of paying it forward.”