From David W. Pershing, Ph.D., President, University of Utah, "We are proud to be one of the 77 leading universities nationwide who are working with ARCS to increase the number of academically outstanding U.S. citizens completing graduates degrees in engineering and medical research. As a professor of chemical engineering, I understand personally the critical relationship between the quality of our graduates students and research success. As a research intensive university, the University of Utah is in the top tier of institutions globally in reputation and ranking. The ARCS Utah Chapter is contributing to the university’s preeminence by helping us recruit absolutely stellar first-year students who will go on to achieve success in their professional lives while contributing to US global competitiveness and quality of life. I am extremely grateful to the women leaders of ARCS whose vision and dedication are making a difference in Utah and the US."
Dean Richard B Brown of the University of Utah College of Engineering knows the importance of attracting the best and brightest students to engineering and other scientific disciplines. “We really will make a difference in the world,” Brown said. “We attract students who have the drive, imagination, diligence and intelligence and give them an education that will prepare them to make a huge contribution to solving the world’s important problems.”
During the beginning years of ARCS Foundation Utah, Dean Brown and his staff provided phenomenal support to the organization by hosting many of the events and providing additional support to ARCS Scholars. He also presented Outstanding Service Awards to Judith Miller and Cecelia Foxley at the 2009 College of Engineering Convocation. In his presentation he said, “This year, we are honored to recognize two amazing individuals who have devoted months of volunteer effort to establish Utah’s first Chapter of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, called ‘ARCS Foundation.’ ARCS Foundation is a women’s volunteer organization that helps both young women and men to achieve their educational aspirations. Their focus in Utah is on encouraging and rewarding the best and brightest students to pursue graduate degrees in engineering, science and medicine.”
University Support Through ARCS Scholar Awards
An ARCS Foundation Utah Scholar Award is a prestigious, unrestricted award of $15,000 that provides an essential tool for recruiting and retaining top students to the University of Utah College of Engineering and the University of Utah School of Medicine Moran Eye Center. This award qualifies recipients for other funding up to $27,000 per year for their full PhD program.
As of Fall 2014, the total funding to this important effort by the Utah Chapter is $15,000 each to 18 scholars for a total of $270,000.