New Legacy Scholarship to Help Out-of-State Students, SUU Alumni

Published: June 10, 2009 | Read Time: 3 minutes

Southern Utah University is excited to announce a new scholarship opportunity for out-of-state students. The Legacy Scholarship will cover the out-of-state portion of a non-resident student’s tuition for four years, given they meet and maintain certain qualifications. 

The Legacy Scholarships at SUU will basically provide students who are not Utah residents but who are the children of Southern Utah University alumni with in-state tuition rates – saving more than $4,000 off what non-resident students would normally pay each semester coming to SUU from another state. 

Though just 15 percent of SUU’s current student base comes to Cedar City from beyond Utah’s borders, University officials are confident the Legacy Scholarships will help accommodate many alumni who wish to see their children receive similar educational opportunities for a personalized education through the SUU experience. 

Notes SUU Director of Alumni Relations Mindy Benson, “The alumni legacy runs deep at SUU, and the Legacy Scholarship will enhance the opportunity for alumni who have moved to all corners of the United States to still send their children to SUU and carry on the tradition.” 

Benson continues, “Over the years, as we have visited with alumni outside of Utah – especially in Nevada and California – we have fielded requests time and again for more accommodation to help them send their children to SUU.” 

Benson anticipates this new scholarship will open new recruiting opportunities for SUU, expanding the Institution’s impact nationwide. 

Stephen Allen, associate vice president for enrollment management at SUU, agrees, “This scholarship will be very well received by SUU alums. We think this program will also have a positive impact on SUU's growth and we plan to work closely with SUU's Alumni Association to get the word out to alumni.” 

Allen also hopes this scholarship will be an opportunity for SUU alumni to reconnect with their alma-mater. He states, “SUU has a lot of loyal alumni with very fond memories of their time at SUU. It is only natural for parents to desire a similar experience for their children.” 

In addition to being a child of an alumnus who has received an associate, bachelor or master’s degree from SUU, students hoping to qualify for a Legacy Scholarship must also meet all other SUU admission requirements and maintain a 3.0 grade point average while attending SUU. 

Legacy Scholarship awards are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis annually. 

Tuition waivers in the form of SUU’s Legacy Scholarship are made possible House Bill 364, recently passed by the Utah State Legislature. In accordance with their directives, time spent as a student in Utah on a Legacy Scholarship will not count toward gaining residency within the state of Utah. 

Additionally, the Legacy award cannot be combined with other institutional financial awards. 

In all, Allen predicts the Legacy Scholarships will be very well received, stating, “SUU has alumni all across the world who would love their children to have the SUU college experience. The Legacy scholarship will make an SUU education possible for many students.” 

Those SUU alumni or children of alumni who are interested in applying for a Legacy Scholarship for the upcoming fall semester should contact the University’s Financial Aid and Scholarship Office at 435-586-7735.

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