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1/17/02

Students at Westminster College to Receive $1.2 Million from the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation Scholarship Program

Salt Lake City-January 17, 2001-The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation has awarded Westminster College $1.2 million over the next three years for the continuation of the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Scholarship Program.

"The generous scholarship support of the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation has played a significant role in the education of Westminster students for nearly two decades," said Peggy Stock, president of Westminster College. "The Eccles scholarship program funds scholarships for high-achieving students and helps us to attract and retain our best and brightest. We are extremely grateful for the foundation's continuing support."

Westminster College and the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation have shared a special relationship for many years. Since 1972, the foundation has awarded the college more than 50 grants totaling nearly $14 million. Created in 1982, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation Scholarship Program is Westminster's most significant scholarship program, providing scholarships for the college's top 50 incoming full-time freshmen.

Recipients of this scholarship have an average high school grade point average of 3.8-3.9 and are from the top 10 percent of their graduating class. These students can retain their scholarship funds for four years by maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA.

"The impact of the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Scholarship Program has far-reaching effects upon its recipients," said Philip Alletto, vice president of enrollment planning and student development at Westminster. "The freshman retention rate for these scholarship recipients is nearly 50 percent higher than the national average. An incredibly high percentage of these outstanding students also go on to graduate, dental, medical and law schools. There's no question the Eccles scholarship program has made a tremendous difference for our students."

In addition to the Eccles' scholarship support, George S. and Dolores Doré Foundation has also enabled Westminster College to meet the physical needs of its students, faculty and staff. Mrs. Eccles' contributions helped create Westminster's outstanding ceramics program and construct the Giovale Library. In January 2000, the Eccles Foundation provided a $5.5 million grant to construct a new 94,954-square-foot health, wellness and athletic center, tripling the space of the current facility.

Westminster College, Utah's only private, nondenominational, nonprofit college, prepares its students for personal and professional success through a foundation of liberal education, combined with professional programs that include vital technological and communication skills. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Westminster in the top tier of regional colleges and universities in the Western United States for seven straight years. For more information, visit www.westminstercollege.edu.