Over 1,200 donors and students (the most ever!) attended the 65th annual Scholarship Luncheon, where they are given a chance to meet, enjoy a meal together, and make a connection that for many, will last a lifetime.
Scholarships help the school attract the best and brightest students. The generous contributions from donors enable these top, deserving students to fulfill their dreams. The gift of a scholarship lasts a lifetime for a student and is an outstanding way for donors to illustrate a commitment to the future of these students, the Eccles School, and the greater community. We appreciate each of the donors who make scholarships possible, and truly understand the empowerment a scholarship brings into the life of a deserving student.
We also take the opportunity at the luncheon to honor two distinguished donors, an individual donor and a corporate or foundation donor. Both honorees this year have supported students at the school for many years.
Corporate / Foundation Donor
Rio Tinto Kennecott
The Rio Tinto Kennecott mine has been a fixture in the Salt Lake Valley for over 100 years. No other Utah private sector operation has generated more production, exports, income and employment than Kennecott. Beyond its integral part in our economy, Rio Tinto Kennecott believes in giving back to the communities where they do business. Their University of Utah scholarship giving spans more than 40 years. Currently, they award scholarships to outstanding students in engineering, mining and business.
Shirley M. Benzley and Family
The C. Verl Benzley Endowed Scholarship is an undergraduate scholarship awarded to an outstanding undergraduate finance student with an interest in banking. This scholarship was established in 1970 by colleagues of the late C. Verl Benzley, Sr., who was the first employee of the First Security Bank Corporation started by Marriner S. Eccles, Elbert G. Bennett, and George S. Eccles. His son, C. Verl Jr. (BA’61) had a brief career in teaching, but after his father’s death he also went into banking, working for First Security Bank for over 25 years. In 1990, C. Verl Jr. endowed this scholarship to honor his father.
Benzley passed away in 2011, and at his request the scholarship continues to be supported by his wife Shirley M. Benzley, son Bruce Benzley (BS’82, MBA’83) and daughter Becky Benzley Turk (BS’90). The Benzley family is proud to support this scholarship at the University of Utah and hopes that it makes the opportunities provided by education more accessible.