New scholarship at USU-Eastern honors Silvia Stubbs
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Silvia and Brian Stubbs.		Courtesy photo
Silvia and Brian Stubbs. Courtesy photo
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by Kara Laws

The Utah State University - Eastern campus in Blanding has a new scholarship called the Silvia Stubbs Scholarship. The scholarship awards two students $1,000 to help pay for spring semester.

The Silvia Stubbs Scholarship is a “…gift made in honor of an outstanding and beloved colleague whose great heart has nurtured students at Blanding campus for more than 30 years.”

The privately funded scholarship was created to honor Blanding resident Silvia Stubbs for her hard work and ever-giving heart.

Silvia grew up in Argentina, where she was forced to drop out of school to help with the family business. She loved school but did not get a chance to finish her education in Argentina.

She became a nanny for an American family and came to the United States with them in hopes of starting a new and better life. She came to the U.S. with nothing but a driven spirit and a yearning for education. She immediately proceeded to learn English and pursue her education in this new country.

Silvia went on to receive a high school diploma, and then continued to earn an associates degree and a bachelors degree from Weber State University.

While pursuing a masters degree, she saw children sitting in cars waiting for their parents to finish class. She realized there was a problem and decided to do something about it.

Parents working for a better life can struggle with the demands of child raising. Silvia noticed others who were forced to skip classes, putting their children’s need above all else.

In an effort to help these students achieve their educational goals, and create a better life for the children, Silvia started to work to make changes.

While still working on her masters degree Silvia created a daycare program to help the children and give the parents a chance to achieve their own educational goals.

The program allowed parents to attend class while knowing their children were looked after. There was little to no funding for a program of this type. Silvia spent years putting together fundraisers, carnivals, and bake sales, and writing many grant requests along the way to fund the daycare.

Just having a place for the children to be was not enough. Silvia’s ever present love for education and for children guided the daycare to shift from just a daycare to a early childhood education program.

The daycare center at the college grew from a shabby single room, hole-in-the-wall to a entire building dedicated to early childhood development.

Silvia also taught other child care providers how to teach early education and give the best to children in their care.

Silvia has been an advocate for children and students her entire grown life and her love has not gone unnoticed. Many attribute Silvia Stubbs for the successes in their lives.

Tymra Butt writes, “Because of her encouragement, I have been working with children with delays for 24 years. I love what I do and it started because Silvia cared.”

Many others have similar stories of Siliva caring specifically for them. They remember the classes she taught, the kind guidance she gave them, and above all, the confidence she instilled in them that they could accomplish what they wanted. She believes in others, always encourages, always gives advice with love, thought, knowledge, and honesty. She has changed many lives.

USU-Eastern is please to not only name the daycare center after Silvia, but to have a scholarship to carry on her legacy.

Donations for the scholarship and it’s creation began with K.C. Benedict, who spent more than 15 years as a librarian. She helped grow the current Blanding campus library into its current state.

The donations, time, and giving nature are greatly appreciated by all who had the opportunity to work with them.

The USU-Blanding Campus is now accepting applications for the Silvia Stubbs Scholarship. Applicants must maintain a 2.5 GPA, be enrolled for 12 credit hours or more, and have financial need.

Applications can be filled out at usueastern.edu. The application period ends March 15. The Silvia Stubbs Scholarship will be awarded for the first time this spring.
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