Friday, December 21, 2018

A Tradition of Giving: The M. Lane Jensen Scholarship Story

Nearly every family has beloved traditions, and Leon Jensen’s holiday custom is especially meaningful. Each Christmas, rather than exchanging gifts, Leon and his family members donate to the M. Lane Jensen Scholarship fund at SLCC. Leon created the scholarship fund over 30 years ago when his son, Lane, died in a tragic accident at the age of 29.

For Leon and his family, creating the scholarship was the best way to heal from Lane’s untimely passing. “It’s a way of taking hurt and making some good out of it,” says Lane’s sister, Amber.

In describing Lane, both Amber and Leon recall his vibrant personality. “Nobody loved life more than Lane did,” says Amber. "He was a great dancer and the life of every party, and he loved participating in Utah’s outdoor sports activities.”

The scholarship also pays tribute to Leon’s parents, Moroni and Vivian. Both were educators for many years, and both were Utah State legislators and dedicated much of their lives to public service. Contributing to the scholarship fund each holiday season is the perfect way for the Jensen family to honor Lane and the legacies of Moroni and Vivian. “We are proud to be able to do it,” says Leon.

Over the years, the fund has helped many SLCC students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford college tuition. One scholarship recipient, in a letter she wrote to thank the donors, said “I will never forget the opportunity that you have given me in my education. Thank you very much for giving me the chance to pursue and fight for my dreams.”

If you would like to honor your loved one with a memorial scholarship, please contact SLCC’s Development Office at (801) 957-4247.