Recent scholarship donations put Southwest Tech closer to grant from Miller Family Foundation

Composite image. Background show truck from the Southwest Tech professional truck driving program in Cedar City, Utah. Inset image of artist rendering of remodel project. | Photos courtesy of Southwest Tech, St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — Southwest Technical College recently announced they have received additional scholarship donations through the continued support of State Bank of Southern Utah and Leavitt Group.

Both Cedar City-based businesses have been strong supporters of the mission of the growing technical college.

“State Bank of Southern Utah appreciates the community support that allows us to provide scholarships to deserving students in our community,” said Tyler Brown, director of marketing at State Bank of Southern Utah. “By helping individuals grow and succeed, it helps grow our community and make it a better place for all of us.”

While unemployment rates remain low, Iron County still has a substantial population below the poverty level. Efforts at Southwest Tech not only provide these individuals with practical skills for better wages but can also help them afford their schooling through this scholarship program.

Neal Smith, Southwest Tech’s development director, said that about two years ago, the Cedar City Rotary Club made a donation that Southwest Tech used toward creating the Southwest Tech Scholarship Program.

“To date, Southwest Tech has now awarded 162 scholarships,” Smith said. “Just a wonderful thing that students can complete and receive certificates thanks to the support of our community towards scholarships.”

The donations from State Bank of Southern Utah and from Leavitt Group also help Southwest Tech in their efforts of meeting their goal of raising $400,000 toward the matching last in grant provided by the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation. In 2018, the foundation pledged a matching grant of $400,000 towards the remodel project at the 510 West building if Southwest Tech could match the total amount in donations by April 2019.

Read more: Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation pledges $400K matching grant for Southwest Tech remodel

The matching funds can come in the form of scholarship donations, equipment or direct donations to the college. Southwest Tech is currently 60 percent in meeting this goal. Those interested in donating towards the Southwest Tech Scholarship Program can reach Smith directly at 435-327-1073.

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