Alan and Susan Olsen establish BYU Idaho Grant Fund for Students in the San Francisco Bay Area

All students deserve the opportunity for higher learning. Brigham Young University Idaho provides many opportunities to students in need of financial aid through academic and merit based scholarships. The Alan and Susan Olsen Grant-in-aid Fund assists hard-working students who do not qualify for academic or other merit-based scholarships, but are in need of financial assistance because of serious economic limitations.

The grant-in-aid fund will be administered by the BYU-I office of financial aid. The fund provides grants to assist students with educational expenses while attending BYU-I. All students applying to attend BYU-Idaho from the San Francisco Bay Area will automatically be considered.

Brigham Young University Idaho is under the direction of President Kim Clark, former dean of the Harvard School of Business. BYU-Idaho is the only University that has a full license to use the learning models developed at Harvard University. Under President Clark’s guidance, the new learning models for the school set into place where students become teachers as well as learners in the learning process. This new take on education is allowing students to become greater participants in the classroom.

As students apply for and enroll at BYU-Idaho, they will become active participants in the new learning model that the university has designed to improve the quality of education.

What is it?

Alan L. Olsen, CPA, MBA (tax)Alan and Susan Olsen have established a grant-in-aid fund at Brigham Young University Idaho that will enable students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to have the opportunity for higher education. The grant fund will cover the finances needed for attending school. Students that are current BYU-Idaho scholarship recipients can also receive grant funds to assist with housing and other cost of living expenses.

How do I qualify?

When students apply to Brigham Young University Idaho, they will automatically be evaluated for the Alan and Susan Olsen Endowment Fund based on the following pre-requisites:

  • Attending from San Francisco Bay Area
  • Economically Disadvantaged Background
  • Accounting Major

Students who meet the qualifications above will be given priority. For more information on scholarships and financial aid contact the BYU-Idaho Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships: or (208)496-1015

About Alan and Susan Olsen

Susan and Alan reside in Fremont California and are parents to seven children (two currently enrolled at BYU-Idaho) ranging in ages from 22 to 4 years old.

Alan Olsen is the managing partner at Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co., LLP, a leading CPA firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. His firm was recently (October 2007) recognized by INSIDE Public Accounting as one of the Best-Managed CPA firms in the USA.

Currently, Alan and Susan serve on President Kim B. Clark’s Advancement Council at Brigham Young University. Alan also serves as a member of the Bay Area Council Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts of America.

Alan earned a B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University-Provo, and an MBA (Taxation) from California State University at Hayward. Susan earned a B.S. in Education from Brigham Young University-Provo and a MS in Education from San Jose State. In 2005, Alan and Susan were honored by more than 7,000 Bay Area BYU alumni with a Public Service Award, recognizing their public service advancement and career accomplishments.

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