Among the greatest priorities for the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation is ensuring excellence in higher education throughout the State of Utah. During their lifetimes, both George and Dolores Eccles were actively involved with Utah’s colleges and universities. Their goal: to make available to Utah’s students the highest quality higher education.

Their passion for fostering extraordinary educational opportunities lives on through the Foundation’s support of every college and university in the state. Always, first and foremost, it is focused on the students. Whether grants are designated for scholarships and facilities, investments in the quality of faculty, or support for curricula, libraries, athletics, research opportunities and more, the directors remain committed to educating this generation of Utah’s students – and those to come – to ensure they reach their educational goals, make the most of their talents, and provide the leadership to keep Utah and America strong.

The benefits of investing in education reach far beyond any single campus or community,” says Foundation Chairman and CEO Spencer F. Eccles. “Our grants to education are made as investments in the long-term growth, development, and economic well-being of the people of Utah.”

30-year Legacy Partnerships

The Foundation’s lasting support for educational organizations statewide continues to strengthen this key component in Utah’s economic vitality, providing grants that foster excellence. The institutions listed below have received the Foundation’s support beginning at least 30 years ago – in some cases on an annual basis.

  • Dixie State University,St. George
  • Guadalupe School, Salt Lake City
  • Junior Achievement of Utah, Salt Lake City
  • Salt Lake Community College, Salt lake City
  • Snow College, Ephraim
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City
    • College of Science
    • David Eccles School of Business
    • Department of Athletics
    • J. Willard Marriott Library
    • KUED Channel-7
    • KUER FM 90.1
    • Lowell Bennion Community Service Center
    • Natural History Museum of Utah
    • S. J. Quinney College of Law
  • Utah State University, Logan
    • Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
    • Utah State University Eastern, Price
  • Wasatch Academy, Mt. Pleasant
  • Weber State University, Ogden
  • Westminster College, Salt Lake City

Education Grant Recipients | 1982 - 2017

Grant-Making Guidelines

Foundation gifts in this area are directed to qualified charitable organizations, including colleges and universities, that elevate the overall excellence of higher education in Utah by strengthening the quality of their academic and outreach programs, scholarships, faculty, and facilities, and by helping all Utahns reach their educational goals, thereby strengthening the state's economy through a more educated citizenry

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