Cedar City, Utah: Southwest Technical College (Southwest Tech) received additional scholarship donations through the continued support of State Bank of Southern Utah and Leavitt Group. Both of these Cedar City-based businesses have been strong supporters of the mission of the growing technical college. “State Bankof Southern Utah appreciates the community support that allows us to provide scholarships to deserving students in our community. By helping individuals grow and succeed, it helps grow our community and make it a better place for all of us,” stated Tyler Brown, Director of Marketing at State Bank of Southern Utah.

“About two years ago, the Cedar City Rotary Club made a donation and Southwest Tech took those funds and created the Southwest Tech Scholarship Program,” shared Neal Smith, Southwest Tech’s Development Director. “To date, Southwest Tech has now awarded 162 scholarships! Just a wonderful thing that students can complete and receive certificates thanks to the support of our community towards scholarships.” 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.

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

Rendering of the remodel project of the 510 West building in Cedar City, Utah.