Dan Jones Future Leaders Scholarship

The Dan E. Jones Future Leaders Scholarship honors the public service and wisdom of Dr. Dan E. Jones. For more than 50 years, Dan Jones has played a prominent role in Utah politics as a teacher, pollster, mentor, and political guru. Thousands of Utahns have been inspired while listening to his passionate lectures on U.S. government.  Many of Utah's leaders - in business and politics - trace their careers back to a class and/or early mentoring by Dr. Jones. The scholarship will be awarded to local interns who are committed to public service and demonstrate outstanding academic accomplishment and leadership potential.

Previous Recipients:


  • Emily Estheimer
  • Deborah Masterson


  • Luke Herrmann
  • Kevin Furukawa
  • Anthony Scoma
  • Brock Sine
  • Vlada Yaramenko


  • Katherine Koplow
  • Milena Margyan
  • Joseph Sorenson
  • Richard Buck
  • Emily Stephens
  • Gina Eastes
  • Zech Haws


  • Jeremy Cordon
  • Zach Stevens
  • Colton Gardner
  • Angela Steadham
  • Aaron Rutledge
  • Ben Mordini
  • Brooke Honican
  • Daniel Sloan
  • Jake Warden
  • Jenica Jessen
  • Stephanie Winn


  • Emilee Gorham
  • Austin Cox
  • Clint Williams
  • Nick Nash
  • Kaitlin Jowers
  • Hendrick Burns
  • Ben Seastrand
  • Justin Palmer
  • Caitlin McKelvie
  • William Miller
  • Vickie Furhiman
  • Angela Steadham
  • Trent Glove


  • Cody Jenkins


  • Antonio Brazao
  • Ellen Goldberg
  • Jinguan Zhu
  • Rosie Staes
  • Whitney Benns



  • Peter Stamos
  • Kallie Clark
  • Ashley Jolin
  • Stephen Skokos
  • Scott Morris
  • Tim Schmidt
  • Chris Robinson


Summer 2009:

  • Jeremiah Hansen
  • Lauren Hansen
  • Timothy Marti
  • Mark Pittman


Spring 2009:

  • Collin Hafen
  • Josh Irvine
  • Autumn Orme
  • Daniel Smart


Fall 2008:

  • Aaron Rennaker
  • Zach Rusk
  • Erin Wilson


Summer 2008:

  • Tori Ballif
  • Robert Costa
  • Katherine Pasker
  • Anna Thompson

Scholarship Sponsors

Political Guru $10,000+
Zions Bank
Doug Foxley
Senator Orrin Hatch
Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. (In name of Abby Huntsman) 
Frank Pignanelli
Energy Solutions
North Star Video - James Nelson

Professor $5,000
Bonneville International
Randy Horiuchi
Intermountain Health Care
Regence BlueCross BlueShield
Thomas Arts & Christensen Research
Attorney General Mark and M'Liss Shurtleff
Workers Compensation Fund

Teacher $1,000+
Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP
Beehive Credit Union
Dan Jones & Associates
Deseret Morning News
Randy & Kathy Dryer
Gold Cross Ambulance
Jim & Lyn Hinckley
Diane King
Love Communications
Ray Quinney & Nebeker
Dean J. Steven and Pat Ott
R & R Partners
Rocky Mountain Power
Salt Lake Board of Realtors
SJ Quinney & Jesse E Quinney Foundation
Rocky Mountain Power
Alan & Marsha Rogers
Spencer Stokes
The Tetris Group
Dave Thomas
University of Utah
Utah Education Association
Utah League of Cities and Towns
Utah League of Credit Unions
Utah State University

Mentor $500+
Dave Buhler
Ferrari Color
Peter & Heather Cooke
Mayor Tom Dolan
Jerry and Kristin Howe
Kirk and Kristen Jowers
Mark May
Preston & Betty Nibley
Dick Richards
Utah Mechanical Contractors Association

Teaching Assistant $499 and below
Jeff Adams
Tyler Allen
Mark J. & Karen Allred
Doug & Elaine Anderson
Patrice Arent
Governor Norm & Colleen Bangerter
President & Mrs. Michael Benson
Ron & Melanie Bowen
Congressman Chris Cannon
Lauren Carpenter
Dr. Tim & Cathy Chambless
Frank & Patricia Child
Hal Christensen
Susan Cobb
Amy Code
Brian & Carolyn Crandall
Councilman Luke Garrott
Congressman & Mrs. James Hansen
Von Hill
Dr. Bob & Dixie Huefner
Dr. Ronald J. Hrebenar
The Honorable Bruce S. Jenkins
Ed & Valerie Johnson
David Jordan
Stanley Lloyd
William Loos
Nancy Lyon
Scott & Robyn Matheson
J. Michael Mattsson
James & Rosalind Mayfield
Steve Mecham
Courtney & Mitch McBeth
Bryson & Kristin Morgan
Representative Karen W. Morgan
Mike & Elizabeth Mower
Jerry & Jayne Nelson
Angie & Dan Nelson
John Norman
Amy Oliver
Dr. William David Patton
Adam & Andrea Reeder
Barney Rice
Amie Richards
Michael & Joyce Sibbett
David Spatafore
Roger Tew
Bea Williams

Give Back to the Hinckley Institute

The Hinckley Institute of Politics has opened doors to successful careers in the public and private sectors for over 4000 former interns and scholarship winners. Help provide opportunities to current students by giving back to the Hinckley Institute

Media Coverage

April 7, 2008: "We shall prevail: U honors prominent professor, pollster" by Dustin Gardiner (Daily Utah Chronicle)..."The luncheon was held to raise money for the new Dan E. Jones Future Leaders Scholarship, which will be given to 10 students each year. The Hinckley Institute of Politics has already raised more than $100,000 for the scholarship."

April 5, 2008: "Utah pollster hailed for his expertise, contributions" by Wendy Leonard (Deseret Morning News)..."Pollster Dan E. Jones' passion for democracy was exhibited during a Friday luncheon honoring him as the newest University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics fellow."

April 5, 2008: "Pollster sees a '60s reminder" by Cathy McKitrik (Salt Lake Tribune)..."His voice catching at times, Dan Jones catalogued 50 years of American political tumult as he addressed a crowded University of Utah Hinckley Forum on Friday."

April 4, 2008: "University of Utah honors pollster Dan Jones with scholarship" Richard Piatt reporting (KSL Ch. 5 Eyewitness News)..."He's called a political icon and a political guru, and he has had a big influence on thousands of young people. Eyewitness News uses him as a political pollster and a consultant. He is Dan Jones, and today a group of powerful and influential people gave him a unique honor."

April 4, 2008: KSL Radio’s Doug Wright Show interviews Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers regarding the events surrounding Dan Jones as a Hinckley Fellow and the new scholarship being created in Dr. Jones’ name.

April 4, 2008: "Hinckley Institute to honor pollster" by Wendy Leonard (Deseret Morning News)..."For his prominent role in and contributions to Utah politics, Dan E. Jones will be honored by the Hinckley Institute of Politics as an institute fellow, with a scholarship in his name."

Support the Dan E. Jones Future Leaders Scholarship
Donations can be made online, over the phone to the University of Utah Development Office at 801-581-6825, or by mailing a check designated to the Dan Jones Future Leaders Scholarship to the Hinckley Institute of Politics, 260 S. Central Campus Dr. Rm. 253, Salt Lake City, UT 84112.