OGDEN, Utah – In recognition of Paul and Carolyn Thompson’s 12 years of service and commitment to Weber State University, the school’s board of trustees has created a scholarship in honor of the couple.
Current and former trustees made the initial contributions to the scholarship fund. The effort has since expanded to WSU faculty and staff, friends of the Thompsons, and members of the community.
Scott Marquardt, chairman of WSU’s Board of Trustees, spearheaded the effort to recognize the Thompsons.
"We wanted a parting gift that recognized what they stood for in a presidency,” Marquardt said. “The scholarship is a great way to honor their joint service and especially Dr. Thompson’s impact on the students.”
Among those contributing to the fund, former student-body leaders who served during Thompson’s tenure have raised upwards of $2,000. Many of the former student officers regard Thompson as a mentor who helped them develop their leadership skills.
Paul Thompson, who is retiring today as WSU president, plans to take a yearlong sabbatical before returning to WSU as a professor in business administration.
His return to campus in fall 2003 will coincide with the awarding of the first scholarship from the endowment. The fund is set up as a general scholarship to be given at the discretion of the president and President’s Council.
Contributions to the scholarship fund are still being accepted. For more information contact the WSU Development Office at 626-6002.
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