Cedar Rotary to Fund Two SUU ScholarshipsAugust 27, 2008
Southern Utah University is excited to announce a new partnership with the Cedar City Rotary Club that will grant new scholarships to two deserving SUU juniors or seniors, beginning in the 2009-10 school year.
This local branch of the national Rotary organization has supported the University community for years; this scholarship speaks to a long-time positive relationship between the two organizations and the mission under which they operate.
When asked of the impact this scholarship will have on current and prospective students, SUU Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Stephen Allen replied, “The Rotary motto is ‘Service Above Self.’ These scholarships will go to students who embrace the service ideals of the Rotary Club.”
With an increased focus on the service prong of the University’s mission, SUU leaders hope the SUU experience affords every student the opportunity to become more civic-minded and service-oriented. According to SUU President Michael Benson, the new Rotary scholarships could not find a better matched candidate pool than they will within SUU’s student body.
Indeed, with more than 36,000 hours of student community service completed through the University’s Service and Learning Center over the past academic school year, SUU’s students are well-suited to earn financial assistance through the Cedar City Rotary Club.
Beyond targeting students whose academic and extracurricular pursuits demonstrate the Rotary’s service above self ideal the scholarships are intended for those students whose merits also hold up against the organization’s Four Way Test. This test, used to evaluate individual thought, word and deed, looks at the questions of truth, equity, goodwill and friendship.
In addition, students must have completed 60 credit hours or more with a 3.0 GPA.
Two awards, totaling $2500 each, will be granted to one female and one male student each year. The $1250 granted per semester may be used to cover tuition and fees at SUU. The Rotary scholarships are planned as ongoing funding, intended to impact a wide variety of students over the years.
Both Benson and Allen look forward to this newest opportunity to collaborate with such a distinguished service organization in student assistance. Allen states, "We appreciate the support the club gives and has given to SUU."
Though this new opportunity seems far away from students’ current concerns with the beginning of the 2008-09 school year in full force, University officials encourage students to look toward their future financial needs and apply sooner rather than later. Applications for next year’s funding are due no later than February 1, 2009, when they will be reviewed by a committee formed through the Cedar City Rotary organization.
Since its founding in 1925, the Rotary Club of Cedar City has been dedicated to doing good in the world. Its members include some of the area’s most prominent business, professional and civic leaders, who gather at weekly meetings and other functions to fulfill the Club’s commitment to the Rotarian ideals of friendship, fellowship and service to others.