The Sweet family, founder of the Sweet Candy Co., gave the University of Utaha $100,000 valentine Tuesday to establish an Honors Program endowment, officials said.

In announcing the Sweet family cash gift, J. Michael Mattsson, university vice president for development, said the Honors Program "was specifically selected as an appropriate recipient for extended support."The agreement includes an annual $1,000 award to an Honors faculty member, Mattsson said, "with the balance of the endowment's annual earnings applied to scholarships for junior class undergraduates."

The family donors include L. Jack Sweet and his wife, Corrine, their sons Tony and Jonathan, all of Salt Lake City, and daughter Virginia Sweet Pringle of Denver.

"The endowment endorses the excellence of the educational experience for students enrolled in the honors program," the family said, and will help "insure the continued superiority of its teachers and the continued availability to the students."

University President Chase Peterson said, "The extraordinary generosity of the Sweet family will help assure the high quality of the honors program for generations to come."

The program's separate curriculum provides students with special classes and seminars, workshops, individual study and research opportunities, said Director Richard J. Cummings.

It also features a specially selected set of courses and professors, as well as smaller classes and competitive entrance requirements.

Sweet Candy Co. located in Salt Lake City in 1900. It markets primarily in the 11 western states and sells specialized products nationally.