Full-time employees conceived the SAS Grant in the fall of 1987 in an effort to create a way to give something back to the students. After all, it was the students who provided their livelihood. It was designed as part of the university's "Together for Greatness" program.
In 1987 Clyde Bair, Auxiliary Services Director, chose a four-member committee to develop the criteria and implement the grant for the first time. The committee included David Hunt, then Assistant Manager of Helaman Halls, Kirk Ludlow of ELWC Food Services, Bob Vivian of Auxiliary Services and Maria Molodowitch of Central Housing.
Originally the grant was offered to students who lived in the residence halls. A few years later, it was expanded to include student employees who worked for Auxiliary Services.
The intent was to help students with genuine financial needs who were not eligible for regular scholarships requiring the highest of GPA's. The grant criteria would allow good students with a 2.75 or better GPA to be eligible.
In March of 1988 employees had donated enough money to support three grants of one thousand dollars. They were awarded to Kimberly Wilson, Amy Nicholes and Kristine Haye.
Since then, we have awarded more than $160,000 to over 130 students. This program has been a blessing to both the students who have received the grant and to all the SAS and Residence Life employees who have participated in the program.
These heartfelt words of appreciation are just a small indicator of how meaningful employee contributions are to the students who benefit from them.
“I would like to thank you for selecting me as a SAS Grant recipient. The scholarship (grant) has been a great blessing for me, and has been the source of significant stress relief.”
“Often I struggle trying to find the appropriate words to express my gratitude for such donations. Being completely independent is challenging and often overwhelming, but your donation has lightened my load.”
“Thank you for being so thoughtful of others, for working so hard yet sharing the fruits of your labor, and for helping me to have the means to attend college when me and my family are in a time of need.”
“The grant has come at a time when our family truly needs it.”
“Thanks for your generosity and helping me further my education.”
“We consider this a miracle that we will fondly treasure in our hearts…”
“This grant that I received will help me to accomplish the dream of having a great education and becoming a nurse, which is really important to me.”
“I know that this award comes from very generous and thoughtful people and I promise that it will not be wasted.”
“Words can not express how grateful I am. Your grant is going to be a tremendous help in assisting me to complete my studies at BYU.”
“I cannot thank you enough for your kindness, generosity, and faith in my abilities as a student and future leader.”
“Your grant has been a definite blessing. Without it I definitely would not have been able to afford school this year.”
“ I admire you all for your contributions and I hope to make you proud.”
“The generosity of all those who donate to the grant fund is appreciated more than you know.”
“It is a wonderful feeling to have the assurance that some of my school finances are taken care of.”
“There is no doubt in my mind that the Lord has blessed me through your hands. I owe my education this year to you and Him.”
“This is an answer to prayer.”
“I am thoroughly impressed and amazed that each of you is willing to put forth your effort and resources to help others.”