Jon and Karen Huntsman Scholarship
The Jon and Karen Huntsman Scholarship was established in 2006 to benefit financially needy students enrolled at Utah Valley University who demonstrate leadership, talent, and academic ability.
Jon Huntsman was born in Blackfoot, Idaho, in 1937. In his youth, his family moved to Palo Alto, Calif., where his father was finishing his graduate studies at Stanford University. During this time, Jon attended Palo Alto High School, where he became the student body president.
In his business career, Jon has had enormous success. He started his career working at an egg-producing company and quickly recognized the need for improved packaging. His leadership was key to creating the first plastic egg carton. Since then he has started several other successful businesses: The Huntsman Chemical Company and the Huntsman Gay Global Capital among others.
The Huntsman family is widely recognized for its humanitarian giving. The family has donated vast amounts of money to improve cancer research, expand education opportunities, and provide aid for needy individuals. The Chronicle of Philanthropy placed Jon and Karen Huntsman second on their 2007 list of the largest American donors. On January 1, 2000, The Salt Lake Tribune included him among “The 10 Utahns Who Most Influenced Our State in the 20th Century” for his donations to education and medical research.