A $3 million scholarship fund is being established at the University of Utah by Hugh Steffensen Cannon to honor the life of his mother, alumna Ellen Christina Steffensen Cannon, a graduate of the University of Deseret - the forerunner of the U.
The gift is the largest contribution for scholarships in the U.'s history. The donor was raised in Farmington and is now retired from running several businesses in the Seattle, Wash., area where he has lived for over 40 years. Hugh Cannon was a world-class discus thrower who set world, American and Rocky Mountain records between 1932 and 1944. He was also an all-conference basketball player during his college years.In explaining his contribution, Cannon said of his mother, "In the lives of her children and others, she exemplified the pursuit of excellence. She was a teacher and, in spite of limited means, encouraged and fostered an environment in which all of her children were educated."
His father, George M. Cannon, also graduated in 1880 from the University of Deseret. Eight of Ellen and George Cannon's 10 children are U. graduates. Three hold doctorates and three received master's degrees.
The two-year awards, designated as Steffensen Cannon Scholarships, will provide a $6,500 yearly stipend for undergraduates. For graduate students there is a $8,500 stipend plus an amount to cover costs of tuition, books and fees. Recipients may apply to renew the award after two years. Initially, approximately 10-12 recipients will be chosen yearly.
Although the scholarships will be offered university-wide, the donor stipulates that emphasis in selection be given to students from the College of Humanities, the Graduate School of Education and the Graduate School.
B. Gale Dick, dean of the Graduate School, will serve as chairman of a four-member selection panel. Principal criteria for recipient selection will include outstanding promise, strength of character, intellectual and academic achievement or the potential for achievement, and leadership qualities.
In addition, special consideration will be given to highly qualified candidates from departments having national standing or outstanding faculty members, and to graduates from disciplines other than education who wish to pursue graduate work in the U. Graduate School of Education.