A $1.79 million grant to the Utah State University College of Natural Resources has been announced by the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation.

Over a five-year period beginning in 1988, the gift will support scholarships, an extension program, computer laboratory and library space and collection and a visiting scientist program, said Herbert C. Livsey, spokesman for the foundation's board."This is the largest program support grant from a private source ever received by Utah State University. Its purpose is to assure that the USU College of Natural Resources will maintain its national leadership," said Dr. William F. Lye, vice president for university relations and development at USU.

Dr. Thad Box, dean of the college, noted that Mr. and Mrs. Quinney were benefactors of the college during their lifetimes as well. The building housing the college bears the Quinneys' names.

Over a five-year period, the grants will include $300,000 for scholarships, mainly to undergraduate students; $920,000 to add 10,000 square feet of space to the college's building and house its library; $300,000 to triple the size of the library collection in natural resources; $10,000 for hardware to allow electronic literature search of the main campus library; $150,00 to support a high school extension specialist; $40,000 to purchase 16 work stations for the college's computer lab; and $75,000 for travel costs, stipends and other support for visiting scientists.