Cache Valley mayors award $375,000 in scholarships to community students

Mayors from 15 Cache Valley communities awarded $375,000 in scholarships to students in their communities this past year. The Mayor’s Choice Scholarship is administered by Stevens-Henager College and awarded to students who live within these communities and are seeking a college degree.

According to James Birman, Executive Director of Stevens-Henager College in Logan, the mayors had the opportunity to award $25,000 scholarships to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree and $15,000 scholarships to students pursuing an associate’s degree.

“The mayors select the two candidates for a bachelors and one for an associates degree,” Birman explains, “to be named late summer, in August, so those students can start school in the fall at our college.”

Most of the students who received the scholarships, Birman says, are non-traditional college students.

“They are working adults. Many of them have families. Many of them either went to school before or haven’t been able to fit school into their life because of life occurring, and supporting their families.

“They really have a desire to get a degree to become more employable or upgrade their employment at their current location. They feel like our college is a perfect fit because we have the set, fast and flexible options to go to school.”

Birman says the mayors are given information about the scholarships and they get the word out in their own communities.

“The scholarships are funded by the Good Neighbor Initiative,” he continues, “which supports local communities through training and development opportunities, that includes our free GED program at the college.”

Birman says this year the school is being more targeted, focusing on Logan, Smithfield, Providence and Nibley. 

“Our students who have gotten these scholarships have received tremendous support from the Cache Valley community and the mayors themselves,” he adds. “I know Cache Valley is a tight-knit community and that’s how we give back. I just want to thank the mayors and the townships and the entire community for supporting us and I look forward to their future support.”

The Logan campus, located at 755 S. Main, will also be hosting a high school art show in May. The show features artwork from juniors and seniors from all of the area high schools.

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