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U of U and Ivory Homes Celebrate Outstanding Latino/a Scholars

August 13, 2007-Ivory Homes is celebrating its fourth year of awarding Ivory Homes scholarships to students attending the University of Utah with a luncheon for current recipients and their parents and former recipients.

Luncheon speakers include Clark Ivory, CEO, Ivory Homes; Shontol Torres Burkhalter, former Ivory Homes scholarship recipient; Barbara Snyder, Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Utah; and John Francis, Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Utah.

Since establishing the scholarship in 2003, Ivory Homes has awarded more than $100,000 to 24 Ivory Homes and The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce scholars at the University of Utah.

“It’s a simple equation, private scholarships allow minority students to achieve the dream of higher education. Without them, many cannot. The University of Utah is grateful to Clark Ivory and others who help students realize their higher education dreams,” comments John Francis, Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Utah.

The Ivory Homes scholarships are for Latino/a students in recognition of the contribution Latinos make to the construction industry.

The eight $2,000 Ivory Homes scholarships, two $5,000 Ivory Homes and two $4,000 Hispanic Chamber of Commerce scholarships are awarded to outstanding Latino/a students based on their academic record, leadership potential, commitment to community service, and involvement in the construction industry.

“There is no greater investment than one that elevates and educates our youth,” notes University of Utah alumnus Clark Ivory, CEO of Ivory Homes.

Scholarship recipients for the 2007/2008 academic year include:

  • A student who came to the U.S. nine years ago and will be the first in her family to attend college. Currently an ESL tutor, she is seeking a degree in elementary education;

  • A student who has worked from the age of ten to help support his single mom and is pursuing a career in aerospace engineering;

  • A student who spent the first five years of his life in Arequipa, Peru, before coming to the U.S. He is fifth in his class, student body historian, and maintains a 3.9 G.P.A. He aspires to become a dentist.

  • A first generation college student who was told that she would not succeed because of her race and gender, but whose family believed in her and supported her success. She wants to work in public policy to help others obtain their dreams.

For further information about Ivory Homes scholarships contact Erica Marken, University of Utah Undergraduate Studies, 801-581-8388.