Sam Rushforth Endowed Scholarship

The Sam Rushforth Endowed Scholarship was established in 2012 to benefit Utah Valley University students enrolled in the College of Science and Health. Students must demonstrate leadership, promise, and talent in the field of science.

Sam Rushforth started teaching at Brigham Young University in 1970 and started teaching botany in1981. He has received several national and international awards, including the United Nations Environment Programme 500 Award in 1991 and BYU Honors Professor of the Year in 1993.
In July 2000, Utah Valley State College hired Rushforth as the dean of the School of Science and Health to oversee the departments of biology, community health, dental hygiene, mathematics, nursing, physical education and recreation, and physical science. During his years at UVU, he hired more than 50 superb faculty and staff members and guided the growth from one baccalaureate science degree to more than 20. He also spearheaded the team that obtained funding for and built UVU’s state-of-the-art Science Building.
Rushforth is a longtime scientist who spent much of his career researching pollution in water and air. He has also been an activist, primarily in environmental concerns, for over 40 years.
Shortly after Rushforth’s retirement, an endowed scholarship was created in his name to assist students who have a similar passion for science.
Interview with Sam Rushforth: