Published: December 01, 2005 | Author: Elizabeth Bowler | Read Time: 2 minutes

Written by Elizabeth Bowler, senior Communication student from Washington, UT

Four Southern Utah University students were honored as part of the first-ever Governor’s Scholars program on Nov. 4 at the Governor’s Mansion in Salt Lake City.

Gov. Jon M. Huntsman Jr. hosted the event, which honored the top four freshmen and sophomore students from each of Utah’s colleges and universities. In total, 44 scholars were chosen and presented with plaques on academic achievement.

The students were chosen by the presidents of their colleges and universities. The criterion for being selected was their demonstration of academic excellence in both high school and college.

SUU’s students included:
Alesha Given, a sophomore chemistry major from Henderson, Nev.
Sarah Hiatt, a freshman music major from Pleasant Grove, Utah
Caitlin Holladay, a freshman communication major from Cedar City
Sean Vanhille, a sophomore general education major from Centerville, Utah.

The students were treated to a luncheon and a program, where they had the opportunity to hear from Jackson Newell, an emeritus professor of the University of Utah and former president of Deep Springs College in California.

Also in attendance was Richard E. Kendell, the commissioner of higher education, and several of the college and university presidents.

The governor told the students at the luncheon that they should find their “genius inside” early, and develop it to the fullest, and he encouraged them to continue to commit to academic excellence. “This award gives you a glimpse into the future and is meant to inspire you and remind you there is more to come,” Huntsman said.

The Governor’s Scholars program is aimed at encouraging higher standards and greater scholarship among some of Utah’s most promising higher education students. The Governor’s Scholar Award was designed to encourage more Utah students to prepare and apply for prestigious post-graduate scholarships early in their college career.


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