Dixie State honors Max Rose with creation of memorial scholarship fund

ST GEORGE — Dixie State University is honoring Dr. Max H. Rose’s legacy of education in Southern Utah with a scholarship fund established in his name.

Just as Rose, who died in June, worked to lift students, the Max Rose Memorial Scholarship will help science students accomplish their educational dreams by relieving some of the financial pressure college students typically face.

“This really does allow us to select students who would have been in Max’s classes and, in his tradition, empower them to find fulfillment in their careers and lives,” Dixie State Development Officer John Bowler said.

Rose began his career teaching at Dixie State College in 1972. He taught math and chemistry. Many of his students loved him because of his keen intelligence, wit, charisma and cheerfulness — traits that helped him inspire countless people.

Dr. Max Rose, circa 1979 | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News
Dr. Max Rose, circa 1979 | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

“I loved Dr. Rose’s energy and compassion for students,” said Kelly Esplin, an alumnus of Dixie State and  Dixie State alumnus and Cedar City veterinarian. “He truly was a student’s teacher.”

Eventually, Rose became vice president of academic affairs at Dixie State, the position he held until he became superintendent of Washington County School District in 2003.

Rose also served in a variety of roles within the community­­ — as a leader in many capacities in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; a member of Dixie State’s board of trustees from 2007 to 2014; a member of the St. George Water and Power board; and chairman of Dixie Regional Medical Center’s governing board during the current hospital’s construction; and chairman of the Dixie Center St. George when it was still located on the Dixie State campus.

“Dr. Rose was one of the most influential educators I have ever had,” Dixie State alumna Tiffany Isom Marchant said. “He cared so deeply about the students and made an effort to learn all the students’ names, even in a class of 60 to 80 students.”

To donate to the Max Rose Memorial Scholarship fund, please visit giving.dixie.edu, fill out the short form, select “other” and specify the “Max Rose Memorial Scholarship.”

For more information about helping Dixie State University accomplish its educational mission or to contribute over the phone, call the university’s development office at 435-652-7509.

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