INVESTING IN OUR
Hoping to attract talented
and diverse students by increasing scholarship opportunities, the University
of Utah has launched a three-year $25 million endowment campaign for scholarship
funds, a move that is unique among universities. Most university fund-raising
campaigns support broad-based programs, but rarely is a campaign solely
designed to attract students with merit- and need-based awards. Were
setting the standard nationally, says Barbara Snyder, vice president
for student affairs.
A college degree continues to be an unattainable goal for many young
people who have incredible potential, says U President Bernie Machen.
We must provide the needed scholarships to recruit the best students,
to reward academic excellence, to foster opportunities for those with
diverse backgrounds, and to provide enriched learning opportunities in
the classroom and beyond.
Scholarships are the tools to do just that. They free students to focus
on studies, minimize financial concerns, expand educational ambitions,
provide an impetus to work harder and demonstrate excellence, raise self-esteem,
and allow for time to participate in campus and community activities.
Scholarships can offer access to higher education to students who otherwise
would not be able to attend a college or university.
Clinger and Christensen
2006, nearly half of the new jobs nationally will require education
beyond high school, says President Machen. Our goal
is to provide an outstanding education to all students who show
promise. We are concentrating on this need with the Scholarship
Campaign. The University and community will reap the rewards of
this investment of scholarships that will pay great dividends in
are our resources better spent than in educating students,
agrees Sue D. Christensen BS56, co-chair
of the Scholarship Campaign with Phillip W. Clinger BS67.
Both are members of the U of U National Advisory Council, and they
will lead a team of volunteers including Thomas D. Tim
Dee III MBA77, David E. Salisbury BS49,
and Judith Burton Moyle BA67.
Patrick Nduru Gathogo
Scholarship recipient Patrick
Nduru Gathogo BS01 of Kenya is one of many students who
would not have been able to attend the U without a scholarship. As a geology
undergraduate at Kenya Polytechnic, he participated in fieldwork with
paleoanthropologist Maeve Leakey of the National Museums of Kenya. It
was in the field with Leakey that Gathogo met Frank Brown, dean of the
Us College of Mines and Earth Sciences. Thanks to a U of U geology
department award, Gathogo was able to get a uni-versity education and
participate in the extraordinary field discovery of a 3.5 million-year-old
fossilized skull. The finding brought international attention to Gathogo,
Leakey, and Brown.
A geologists job is
to date fossils based on the age of the surrounding land. Brown and Gathogo
spotted an area rich in undisturbed fossils and suggested that fossil
hunters look there. Meanwhile, the geologists began tracing a nearby layer
of volcanic ash, trying to pinpoint the age of the new fossil bed and
to estimate the new discoverys age.
The dating of this skull, Kenyanthropus platyops, means that the
line of mans descent is no longer so clear, says Brown. When
the partial skeleton known as Lucy was found in Ethiopia in 1974, many
researchers believed her species, Australopithecus afarensis, was the
ancestor of modern humans. Now that we have a new form of early hominid
from the same time period that is quite distinct from Lucy, the anthropologists
will have to determine which of the two creatures actually lies in our
ancestral tree. It cannot be both; one of the lineages survived and evolved,
the other died off.
Without the scholarship,
says Gathogo, I would not have been part of this exciting discovery.
I will always be thankful for this incredible opportunity and the great
start it has given to my career.