Oscar Jesperson Scholarship
The Utah Valley University departments of history and political science and humanities, arts and social science established the Oscar Jesperson Scholarship in 2006 to benefit UVU students majoring in history. The fund memorializes Oscar Jesperson, who retired from UVU in 2007 as a history professor.
Oscar Jesperson started at the Utah Technical School in Provo in 1972 and retired in June 2007. He began as an instructor, teaching most of the humanities-related courses, including U.S. history; ancient, medieval, and modern world history, public speaking, psychology of human relations, and the whole freshman English series. He served as chair of the history department for sixteen years, directed the UTC choir and the UTC pep band, and served as a faculty advisor on the school newspaper, The Tradewinds.
Oscar was married to Dorine Smith Jesperson for 45 years until her death in 2009. The two had seven children together. Dorine earned an accounting degree at Utah Valley Community College (now UVU) and later worked, among other places, at Brigham Young University for 20 years. Like her husband, she was beloved by faculty and students alike. The couple enjoyed the students, sharing in their triumphs and struggles.
The Oscar Jesperson Scholarship has benefitted may UVU students and honors Oscar by giving students with interest in history the financial help necessary to further their education.
Audio interview with Oscar Jesperson: contentdm.uvu.edu/cdm/ref/collection/Voices/id/69