SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — Luke Sanders of El Centro, California, received a scholarship for 2020-21 from the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, a top-10 ranked program at the University of Utah.

In total, the institute awarded $330,000 in scholarships to 109 students this year. The scholarships come with the opportunity to gain leadership skills and experience while managing many activities for aspiring entrepreneurs.

"We are proudly powered by students who receive scholarships to be leaders in our community," said Anne Bastien, program director at the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. "This year, our student leaders have had a unique opportunity to innovate and provide resources in new ways during the pandemic, and they have done a remarkable job."

"Our students run all the programs and services that a young entrepreneur could need," Bastien said. "They do everything from showing students how to use a 3-D printer, to awarding our regular microgrants to student entrepreneurs. Not only are our students receiving scholarships, they are also receiving live-changing experiences that will help them prepare for the future."

Lassonde student leaders also value the opportunity to contribute to a thriving community.

"I love how everyone in the Lassonde community wants to collaborate and help one another succeed," Rawson said. "Students come from all backgrounds and learn from each other while creating amazing ideas. Not only do students come together, but there are numerous alumni that are always willing to come back and help the current students."

The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute is an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business. The institute provides many programs and opportunities for all students on campus to launch a company, build a product, or join a team. Most programs are provided at Lassonde Studios.

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