Ambassadors of Achievement
August 21, 2013  |   by Julia StoweFrom left: Zack Dearing, Shane Ivie (volunteer ambassador), Maria Velasco, Shadlan Gale, Audrey Butler, David Millet, Kelsie Lawrence, Randal Ellsworth

Foundation ambassadors are chosen from among student leaders at Utah Valley University to represent the University at prominent events, where they serve as the face of UVU and its students. Ambassadors also welcome visitors to campus in the Alumni Center and conduct campus tours for important visitors and returning alumni. They help tell the story of the University and raise awareness of UVU’s academic excellence.

The Foundation Board awards a scholarship to each ambassador, and each scholarship is named for a past chair of the Foundation Board, honoring that chair for his or her service to the University. Since a new chairperson takes over every three years, the ambassador program will expand by one position every three years.

The Foundation Ambassador program was established in 2012. Each summer, the new group of Foundation Ambassadors gathers for a retreat where they receive training for their roles during the upcoming school year. Their participation in the program helps prepare them to serve in their professions and as leaders in their communities.


2014-15 Foundation Ambassadors
A Celebration of the Arts
Jan 20 2015
A group of guests and legislators were invited to an event on Jan. 9 at Zions Bank in Salt Lake City, which showcased the extraordinary talents of UVU School of the Arts students. The Culinary Arts Institute treated guests to dinner while they enjoyed visual art and performances by School of the Arts students.
Miracle of The Forgotten Carols
Jan 6 2015
Recipients of the Utah Valley University Forgotten Carols scholarship were recognized at a Dec. 5 program, which included recognition of donors and a performance of the Forgotten Carols by Musician Michael McLean. McLean established the scholarship to help students who face financial struggle in finishing their education.
Celebrating the Fultons
Dec 23 2014
In May of 2006, Ira A. and Mary Lou Fulton issued the terms of their unique challenge to UVSC. It inspired a culture of giving never before seen at the school, which resulted in $1 million of charitable contributions by December of the same year. In celebration of their 60th Wedding Anniversary last October, we take a look back and remember the Fulton Challenge.
Philanthropy Day Honors Barbara Barrington Jones
Dec 10 2014
Philanthropist and founder of the Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation and Utah's Woman Making a Difference, Barbara Barrington Jones received the Philanthropic Leadership Award at the 2014 Utah Philanthropy Day. Read more about Barbara's philanthropy.
New SMART Lab Features Smart Technology
Nov 24 2014
The UVU and Vivint SMART Lab, the only lab of its kind in the region, opened Friday, Nov. 17, 2014, as part of UVU's professional sales program. It will provide opportunities for UVU marketing students to work on projects with local businesses and includes state-of-the-art technology to enhance market research and sales training.
Opening Doors of Opportunity
Nov 10 2014
The 24th annual President's Scholarship Ball raised a record $166,520 for the merit-based Presidential Scholarship, which currently supports 50 UVU undergraduates and one graduate student each year. Connecting communities for good was the theme of the ball, highlighting the many ways in which Utah Valley University works closely with the community to the benefit of both.
Scholarship Donors Meet Students
Oct 29 2014
Donors to Utah Valley University scholarships get to meet the students they're helping and to learn first-hand the difference they've made in these students' lives. The UVU Office of Donor Relations holds several scholarship luncheons each year, bringing together scholarship donors and recipients in small group settings.
Paying It Back
Oct 17 2014
One very grateful scholarship recipient started a jam-making business and gave jars of jam to every Appreciation Banquet guest.