Frischknecht Scholarship


2017 Reed and Cleone Frischknecht Scholarship




One scholarship will be awarded that will pay $700 for tuition or other school related expenses for   2017 Spring Semester. 


Who can apply :

This scholarship is for one USU junior or senior undergraduate student and one USU graduate student, majoring in one or more of the following: English; History; Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies; Liberal Arts and Sciences; Political Science; Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology; Religious Studies; Journalism and Communication; or Economics. The applicant must provide evidence of a record of high academic achievement and a commitment to community service. Expected graduation date must not be before May 2017. Applicants who are residents of the state of Utah will be given preference in selection.


How to apply :

Please submit the following:

·          Application cover sheet (available in the Mountain West Center – Old Main Room 338, or email , or at )

·          Letter of interest describing your academic interests and relevant experiences, your commitment to community service, and your future career plans, and, if applicable, your connection to the state of Utah. You may also include a statement about how this scholarship will help you achieve specific goals. You may also discuss how your academic achievements are related to the interests and wishes of the original donors (see biographies below).

·          Résumé with a summary of academic recognitions, GPA, leadership involvement, community service and any other information relevant to this specific scholarship application.

·          References - Names and contact information for 3 references. Academic references are preferred (i.e., professors, internship supervisors, etc.). In any case, these people should not be related to you.  

·          Current USU transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) or a transcript from previous colleges (for transfer students).


Please submit your application simply stapled (not in a folder or binder). Be sure to include your contact information: mailing address, email, phone number, including school and permanent addresses. Selection of recipient shall be made by the scholarship committee of the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. For more information, please email or call 435-797-0299 or stop by Old Main, Room 339.  Applications must be received by 5:00 P.M. on Monday, November 14, 2016, and recipients will be notified in December. Submit all application materials to:

        Frischknecht Scholarship

        Mountain West Center for Regional Studies

        Utah State University

        UMC 0735 - Old Main Room 339

        Logan, UT  84322-0735


Reed L. and Cleone R. Frischknecht


Reed Lund Frischknecht ( 1924-2013 ) and Cleone (Rich) Frischknecht (1925-1916) were both born in Logan, Utah. They were married in 1946. Reed served in World War II as a 2nd Lt and platoon leader of the 601st Tank Destroyer Corps in the U.S. Army. He received his academic training at Utah State University and the University of Utah, earning his Ph.D. in Political Science with a minor in Economics in 1952. He began his public service in the 1950s in Washington, D.C. during the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower by serving as a legislative assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Ezra Taft Benson. He then accepted a position as legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Arthur V. Watkins (R-Utah, 1954-1958 ). He also served as visiting assistant professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University (1958-1961) before returning to Utah to teach Economics at Weber College and then the University of Utah until 1974. His scholarship included studies on farm income support programs, governmental financing of higher education in Utah, and the unionization of federal employees. At his retirement at the rank of full professor, the University of Utah chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, gave him a commendation for his high standards of scholarship, his personal interest in his students, and his willingness to serve as faculty advisor to the chapter. His public service also included appointment as a member of the Utah Commission on the Organization of the Executive Branch of State Government. His life-long concern for the civil rights and equal opportunities for African-Americans and Hispanics led him to become a member of the Board of Directors for the Utah NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Utah Citizens Organization for Civil Rights. Reed’s beloved wife Cleone also attended Utah State University, and was known throughout her life for her quiet and tender service in her neighborhood and LDS ward Relief Society.