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Aug. 11, 2004

Local UI Student Wins Liberal Arts, Sciences Scholarship

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has awarded scholarships to 12 incoming first-year students from across the state including Ames, Boone, Davenport, Jefferson, Iowa City and West Des Moines. 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.

Iowa

AMES: Xiang Gu, a graduate of Gilbert High School, has been awarded the William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Gu, who plans a pre-medical major in biochemistry, is one of only 12 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is the son of Roy and Lisa Gu of Ames. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awards up to 12 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. 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.

BOONE: Garth Strohbehn, a graduate of Gilbert High School, has been awarded the Shoemaker Strickler Memorial Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Strohbehn, who plans to major in chemistry, is one of only 12 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is the son of Daryl and Cathy Strohbehn of Boone. 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."

DAVENPORT: Alissa Coussens, a graduate of Davenport Central High School, has been awarded the William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Coussens, who plans to major in music education, is one of only 12 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is the daughter of Clifford and Sarah Coussens of Davenport. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awards up to 12 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. 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.

JEFFERSON: Lance Lawton, a graduate of Jefferson-Scranton High School, has been awarded the Grisamore Liberal Arts and Sciences Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Lawton, who plans to major in mathematics with a minor in journalism, is one of only 12 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is the son of Doug and Karen Lawton of Jefferson. 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.'

IOWA CITY: Andrew Ketterer, a graduate of City High School, has been awarded the William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Ketterer, who has not declared a major but plans a minor in music performance and theatre, is one of only 12 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is the son of Robert and Margaret Ketterer of Iowa City. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awards up to 12 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. 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.

IOWA CITY: Andrew Michael Parker, 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. Parker, who has not declared a major, is one of only 12 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is the son of Michael and Patricia Parker of Iowa City. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awards up to 12 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.

WEST DES MOINES: Nicole Pantzlaff, a graduate of Valley High School, has been awarded the William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Pantzlaff, who plans to major in actuarial science with minors in German and French, is one of only 12 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is the daughter of Michael and Deborah Pantzlaff of West Des Moines. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awards up to 12 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. 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.

North Dakota

FARGO: Thomas Felton Brantseg, a graduate of Fargo North High School, has been awarded the William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Brantseg, who plans to major in astronomy with a minor in journalism, is one of only 12 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is the son of Richard and Susan Brantseg of Fargo. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awards up to 12 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. 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.

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

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