Utah State athletics announces largest-ever endowed scholarship

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State University Vice President and Director of Athletics John Hartwell announced Friday the Richard and Moonyeen Anderson Engineer Athlete Endowed Scholarship to assist USU student-athletes pursuing a degree in engineering.

“We are thrilled to support two of our great passions at Utah State University by providing our amazing student-athletes the opportunity and encouragement to pursue a degree in engineering,” said Richard Anderson. “The skills and attributes required to compete in athletics at a high level are needed in the engineering field more than ever and we are excited to be in a position to give back to the place where it all began for us.”

The $1.44 million gift is the largest endowed scholarship in the history of Aggie Athletics.

“We are so appreciative of the transformational gift Richard and Moonyeen have given to Utah State Athletics,” said Hartwell. “This gift enhances our ability to pursue the best and brightest student-athletes in the country. Our donors are excited about the academic and athletic successes we are experiencing at Utah State University and they are investing to pave the way for even greater success in the future.”

Richard, a Brigham City native, graduated from Utah State in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and earned his master’s degree in engineering from Stanford in 1963. He also completed the Stanford Executive Program in 1982.

Richard began what would become a distinguished professional career in 1959 as an engineer for Hewlett-Packard. During his career, he was promoted to Engineering Manager, and Vice President and General Manager of the Microwave and Communication Group, which ultimately led to the position of Senior Vice President.

Moonyeen, who hails from Alta, Wyo., graduated from Utah State in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in social work and spent her professional years working as a counselor for the LDS Social Services program.

As life-long financial and personal supporters of Utah State University, Richard has served as the Director for the Utah State University Foundation since 2003 and has been a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Board since 1989. He also served on the National Advisory Board during the presidency of Stanford Cazier. Richard received an honorary doctorate degree from Utah State University in 1999.

An endowed scholarship gift supplies the Utah State Athletics Department with a perpetual source of income that provides the educational resources needed to attract, develop, and retain the nation’s most talented student-athletes. Endowments are long-term investments. The principal is invested, and earned income is distributed in accordance with the guidelines agreed upon by the donor, the Utah State Athletics Department and the USU Foundation.

By creating an endowment, donors will forever link their name to a championship tradition while making a direct impact on future generations of Utah State student-athletes.

For more information or to support Utah State student-athletes, contact the USU Athletics Development Office at 435-797-2583.

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