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Lori Hacking Scholarship Established at U of U’s David Eccles School of Business

Aug. 20, 2004 — Moved by Lori Hacking’s life and the story of her death, relatives and friends of Lori and her family—even strangers from across the country—have contributed thousands of dollars to the Lori Hacking Memorial Fund. Today the family of Lori Hacking donated the proceeds of this fund to the University of Utah to establish a scholarship in her memory.

The Lori Kay Soares Hacking Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a woman in the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business, to provide tuition for her junior and senior years. The endowed scholarship will assist disadvantaged women who have experienced abuse, financial hardship, family challenges or other difficult life circumstances. Additional donations are being accepted to ensure that the scholarship can provide two years of tuition for qualifying students. Contributions can be made online at or by mailing them to:

Lori Kay Soares Hacking Scholarship Fund
University of Utah Development Office
540 Arapeen Drive, Suite 250
Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1238

One of Lori’s instructors, Susan A. Chesteen, professor of management, says Lori was committed to service. “As a member of the service learning class, Lori volunteered her skills and nearly one hundred hours of hard work to a project conducted for a nursing home in the city. Her enthusiasm and dedication to continuous learning and to excellence were evidenced in her work. She was absolutely dependable and responsible for the required tasks and was a visionary leader, bringing creative ideas into the project,” she says.

While a student at the U, Lori received the University of Utah President’s Award for outstanding scholastic achievement and was named the George S. Eccles Intern in Business Policy for her internship through the University’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. She was selected for membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society for collegiate schools of business. Lori graduated cum laude in December 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in management. She then worked at American Express and later at Wells Fargo.

“Lori was a person who strengthened the academic atmosphere of our program in significant ways. She was a gentle person of high integrity and compassion. It was indeed a privilege to have been her professor,” notes Chesteen.

Future scholarship applicants must be full-time students who have been admitted into the David Eccles School of Business prior to their junior year of study and can demonstrate financial need. Applicants must also be in good standing at the University, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. For more information on the scholarship or on making a contribution, contact Carolyn Buma at 801-581-5255 or visit or .