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Aug. 13, 2003

Local UI Student Wins Liberal Arts, Sciences Scholarship

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has awarded scholarships to 14 incoming first-year students from across the state including Adel, Ames, Decorah, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, Mount Pleasant, Oakville and Ottumwa. These scholarship winners represent the best and the brightest among more than 4,000 students who will begin their first year at the UI on August 25.

ADEL: Elizabeth Holoubek, a graduate of Adel-DeSoto-Minburn High School, has been awarded the William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Holoubek, who plans to major in journalism, is one of only 14 incoming first-year students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to win a scholarship supported by the college. She is the daughter of Rollie and DyAnne Holoubek of Adel. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awards up to ten William and Effa McMeans Scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000, annually to selected entering first-year students who are National Merit Scholars and who are majoring in a liberal arts and sciences discipline. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years or graduation, whichever comes first, provided the student maintains a 3.00 University of Iowa grade point average, remains a liberal arts and sciences major and maintains full-time enrollment. This scholarship, first awarded in 1998, was established by F. Evelyn McMeans in honor of her parents, William and Effa McMeans. Miss McMeans was an alumna of The University of Iowa, earning her bachelor's degree in science education in 1932 and a master's degree in chemistry in 1948.

AMES: Leslie Koppenhaver, a graduate of Ames High School, has been awarded the William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Koppenhaver, who plans to major in English and theater, is one of only 14 incoming first-year students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to win a scholarship supported by the college. She is the daughter of Gary and Kay Koppenhaver of Ames. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awards up to ten William and Effa McMeans Scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000, annually to selected entering first-year students who are National Merit Scholars and who are majoring in a liberal arts and sciences discipline. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years or graduation, whichever comes first, provided the student maintains a 3.00 University of Iowa grade point average, remains a liberal arts and sciences major, and maintains full-time enrollment. This scholarship, first awarded in 1998, was established by F. Evelyn McMeans in honor of her parents, William and Effa McMeans. Miss McMeans was an alumna of The University of Iowa, earning her bachelor's degree in science education in 1932 and a master's degree in chemistry in 1948.

AMES: Evan Sengbusch, a graduate of Ames High School, has been awarded the Shoemaker-Strickler Memorial Scholarship and the William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Sengbusch, who plans to major in physics and mathematics, is one of only 14 incoming first-year students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to win a scholarship supported by the college. He is the son of Craig and Amy Sengbusch of Ames. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awards two Shoemaker-Strickler Memorial Scholarships each year to outstanding entering first-year students who have declared chemistry, physics, or astronomy majors and are residents of Iowa. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, not financial need. Each scholarship covers the costs of resident tuition, fees, and books. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years or graduation, whichever comes first, provided the student maintains a 3.50 University of Iowa grade point average, remains a chemistry, physics, or astronomy major, and is enrolled full-time. This scholarship was established by Mr. Harold Whitmore Strickler as a memorial to his wife, Vernita Martha Ann Shoemaker Strickler. The scholarship was created with the hope the recipients would direct their work in the sciences toward the goal of "realizing that knowledge and the correct application of new truths (knowledge), if used for the benefit of all mankind, should hopefully benefit and promote peace and understanding among all of one's fellow human beings." The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awards up to ten William and Effa McMeans Scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000, annually to selected entering first-year students who are National Merit Scholars and who are majoring in a liberal arts and sciences discipline. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years or graduation, whichever comes first, provided the student maintains a 3.00 University of Iowa grade point average, remains a liberal arts and sciences major, and maintains full-time enrollment. This scholarship, first awarded in 1998, was established by F. Evelyn McMeans in honor of her parents, William and Effa McMeans. Miss McMeans was an alumna of The University of Iowa, earning her bachelor's degree in science education in 1932 and a master's degree in chemistry in 1948.

DECORAH: Katelyn Cowan, a graduate of Decorah High School, has been awarded the William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Cowan, who plans to major in biology (pre-med), is one of only 14 incoming first-year students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to win a scholarship supported by the college. She is the daughter of Jon and Karen Cowan of Decorah. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awards up to ten William and Effa McMeans Scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000, annually to selected entering first-year students who are National Merit Scholars and who are majoring in a liberal arts and sciences discipline. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years or graduation, whichever comes first, provided the student maintains a 3.00 University of Iowa grade point average, remains a liberal arts and sciences major, and maintains full-time enrollment. This scholarship, first awarded in 1998, was established by F. Evelyn McMeans in honor of her parents, William and Effa McMeans. Miss McMeans was an alumna of The University of Iowa, earning her bachelor's degree in science education in 1932 and a master's degree in chemistry in 1948.

DES MOINES: Ben Swieskowski, a graduate of Roosevelt High School, has been awarded the William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Swieskowski, who plans to major in economics and music, is one of only 14 incoming first-year students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to win a scholarship supported by the college. He is the son of David and Dianne Swieskowski, 122 Foster Drive, Des Moines. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awards up to ten William and Effa McMeans Scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000, annually to selected entering first-year students who are National Merit Scholars and who are majoring in a liberal arts and sciences discipline. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years or graduation, whichever comes first, provided the student maintains a 3.00 University of Iowa grade point average, remains a liberal arts and sciences major, and maintains full-time enrollment. This scholarship, first awarded in 1998, was established by F. Evelyn McMeans in honor of her parents, William and Effa McMeans. Miss McMeans was an alumna of The University of Iowa, earning her bachelor's degree in science education in 1932 and a master's degree in chemistry in 1948.

DUBUQUE: Julia C. Brimeyer, a graduate of Hempstead High School, has been awarded the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Shoemaker-Strickler Memorial Scholarship. Brimeyer, who plans to major in chemistry, is one of only 14 incoming first-year students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to win a scholarship supported by the college. She is the daughter of Dennis and Laurinda Brimeyer of Dubuque. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awards two Shoemaker-Strickler Memorial Scholarships each year to outstanding entering first-year students who have declared chemistry, physics, or astronomy majors and are residents of Iowa. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, not financial need. Each scholarship covers the costs of resident tuition, fees, and books. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years or graduation, whichever comes first, provided the student maintains a 3.50 University of Iowa grade point average, remains a chemistry, physics, or astronomy major, and is enrolled full-time. This scholarship was established by Mr. Harold Whitmore Strickler as a memorial to his wife, Vernita Martha Ann Shoemaker Strickler. The scholarship was created with the hope the recipients would direct their work in the sciences toward the goal of "realizing that knowledge and the correct application of new truths (knowledge), if used for the benefit of all mankind, should hopefully benefit and promote peace and understanding among all of one's fellow human beings."

IOWA CITY: Laura Britigan, a graduate of Iowa City West High School, has been awarded the William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Britigan, who plans to major in biology and international studies with a minor in Spanish, is one of only 14 incoming first-year students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to win a scholarship supported by the college. She is the daughter of Brad and Denise Britigan of Iowa City. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awards up to ten William and Effa McMeans Scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000, annually to selected entering first-year students who are National Merit Scholars and who are majoring in a liberal arts and sciences discipline. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years or graduation, whichever comes first, provided the student maintains a 3.00 University of Iowa grade point average, remains a liberal arts and sciences major, and maintains full-time enrollment. This scholarship, first awarded in 1998, was established by F. Evelyn McMeans in honor of her parents, William and Effa McMeans. Miss McMeans was an alumna of The University of Iowa, earning her bachelor's degree in science education in 1932 and a master's degree in chemistry in 1948. Britigan also was awarded the Presidential Scholarship sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Presidential Scholarship is the most prestigious honor given to entering freshmen. The award is $7,000 per year or $28,000 over four years.

MOUNT PLEASANT: Kimberly E. Daniel, a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, has been awarded the William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Daniel, the daughter of Michael and Debra Daniel of Mount Pleasant, is one of only 14 incoming first-year students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to win a scholarship supported by the college. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awards up to ten William and Effa McMeans Scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000, annually to selected entering first-year students who are National Merit Scholars and who are majoring in a liberal arts and sciences discipline. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years or graduation, whichever comes first, provided the student maintains a 3.00 University of Iowa grade point average, remains a liberal arts and sciences major, and maintains full-time enrollment. This scholarship, first awarded in 1998, was established by F. Evelyn McMeans in honor of her parents, William and Effa McMeans. Miss McMeans was an alumna of The University of Iowa, earning her bachelor's degree in science education in 1932 and a master's degree in chemistry in 1948.

OAKVILLE: Adam Taylor Heiniger, a graduate of Mediapolis High School, has been awarded the William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Heiniger, who plans to major in physics and mathematics, is one of only 14 incoming first-year students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to win a scholarship supported by the college. He is the son of Tim and Gena Heiniger of Oakville. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awards up to ten William and Effa McMeans Scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000, annually to selected entering first-year students who are National Merit Scholars and who are majoring in a liberal arts and sciences discipline. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years or graduation, whichever comes first, provided the student maintains a 3.00 University of Iowa grade point average, remains a liberal arts and sciences major, and maintains full-time enrollment. This scholarship, first awarded in 1998, was established by F. Evelyn McMeans in honor of her parents, William and Effa McMeans. Miss McMeans was an alumna of The University of Iowa, earning her bachelor's degree in science education in 1932 and a master's degree in chemistry in 1948.

OTTUMWA: Andrea Pintar, a graduate of Ottumwa High School, has been awarded the Grisamore Liberal Arts and Sciences Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Pintar, who plans to major in political science with a minor in French, is one of only 14 incoming first-year students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to win a scholarship supported by the college. She is the daughter of Georgiana Pintar of Ottumwa. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition and is awarded to an entering first-year student from Iowa who is planning to study in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and demonstrates the "vision and fortitude" necessary to complete a baccalaureate degree. This scholarship was established in 1996 by Jeffrey G. Grisamore and his wife, Diana M. Grisamore, who wished to provide an opportunity to attend The University of Iowa to a student capable of academic success but who, without scholarship assistance, may not be able to attend The University of Iowa.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu.