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Megan Peterson (she/her/hers) is a senior studying strategic communication. She has loved her time serving at the Bennion Center, going on Alternative Break trips, working with social media, photography, and marketing, and now leading the Scholars Leadership team. Megan has a passion for community engagement, and plans on pursuing a career in the nonprofit sector and public interest law after graduation. For her capstone project, she is working with The West View newspaper to distribute a reader survey, update the paper’s newsroom guidebook, and create a media kit. In her free time, you can find her going to the movies, baking, or making coffee. 

Anahy salcedo | Partnership & assessment coordinator

My name is Anahy Salcedo and I am currently the Partnership and Assessment Coordinator. I am a third year student studying Kinesiology with a minor in Chemistry.  I hope to get my Masters in Athletic Training and then go to medical school. I got involved with Bennion Scholars after my first year in college. It has been a place where I’ve found people who share the same passion to make a change. My capstone project is with Science in the Parks, a student organization I helped found. It is essentially a free accessible science camp on the west side of Salt Lake City. I have had the opportunity to work with amazing faculty and community partners and I would have never been able to do this without the Bennion Scholars program.

Becca Westenskow | mentorship & capstone coordinator

Hello! My name is Becca Westenskow (she/her/hers) and I am a senior studying Recreational Therapy. I am the Mentorship and Capstone Coordinator for the Scholars Leadership Team and I love being a part of the Bennion Scholars program! I am passionate about creating more accessibility and inclusivity for individuals with disabilities. For my capstone project, I adapted an outdoor education curriculum to help students with neurodevelopmental disorders engage with nature. The Scholars program has helped me feel more connected to my community and has given me hope that real change is possible. I plan to continue my education and pursue a path of research in the Therapeutic Recreation field. When I'm not at school or work, I enjoy playing board games with friends and family, hiking, or watching movies.


catherine castillou | outreach & recruitment coordinator

My name is Catherine, my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am a Kinesiology major and the Co-Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator on the Scholars Leadership Team. I have a passion for educating women about their overall wellbeing and health. I hope to continue this passion for healthcare and women's health in my Scholars capstone project and one day in my career. I am halfway through my Bennion Scholars process and will begin the capstone project this spring. I hope that my co-coordinator and I can bring some eager and inspired students into the Bennion Scholars community!

kate gross | outreach & recruitment coordinator

Hi! My name is Kate Gross (she/her/hers) and I am the Co-Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator! I am one year away from graduating with my Bachelor of Social Work degree and anyone that knows me knows that I love everything Social Work related. I really found my home on campus through the Bennion Scholars program and work to get more people to join the amazing community we have built. I love helping people become the best they can be and through Bennion Scholars, we all get to work on growing our passions and community engagement. What I love most about the Scholars program is the endless support received from the Bennion Center and our fellow students. I’m so thankful to be serving on the Scholars Leadership Team! 



lexi kaili | marketing & communications coordinator

Lexi (she/her/hers) is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator on the Bennion Scholars Leadership team and also serves on the U’s Student Media Council. Aside from work and academics, she spends her free time rock climbing, fly fishing and backpacking.

Lexi is a graduate student pursuing her Masters of Public Administration at the University of Utah. Her research focuses on the benefits of undergraduate mentorship and nonprofit strategy.

maryjo dalton | events coordinator

My name is MaryJo Dalton (she/her/hers). I am a social work major and the Events Coordinator for the Scholars Leadership Team. I am passionate about building community and enjoying the great outdoors. I hope to get a Masters in Social Work and a PhD farther in life. I joined the Scholars program a year ago and am in the process of figuring out my capstone project. My goal on the Scholars Leadership Team is to create events that support and encourage connections within the Scholars community.



Hello! My name is Megan Medina (she/her/hers) and I am the Bennion Scholars Program Manager. As staff at the Bennion Center, you can visit me in the office or make an appointment to ask any questions you might have about the program. When I am not at the job I love, I am loving life in the mountains – hiking, snowboarding, travelling, and playing with my two wonderful pups (Scone and Koda).

Last Updated: 2/24/20