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Aug. 26, 2005

Local UI Student Wins Liberal Arts, Sciences Scholarship

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has awarded scholarships to 21 incoming first-year students from across the state including Ames, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Dubuque, Hull, Iowa City, Orange City, Sibley, Sidney and Yorktown. These scholarship winners represent the best and the brightest among more than 4,000 students who began their first year at the UI on August 22.

AMES: Elizabeth McKiernan, 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. McKiernan, who plans to major in English and Asian languages and literature focusing on Japanese, is one of only 21 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is the daughter of Karen Anglin and Gerard McKiernan 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.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Brie Nardy, a graduate of Kennedy High School, has been awarded the Shoemaker Strickler Memorial Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Nardy, who plans to major in chemistry and psychology, is one of only 21 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is the daughter of Tom and Bobbi Nardy of Cedar Rapids. 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."

CEDAR RAPIDS: Juliana Khouri, a graduate of Washington High School, has been awarded the William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Khouri, who plans to major in anthropology and international studies with a minor in Spanish, is one of only 21 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is the daughter of the Rev. Elias and Irene Khouri of Cedar Rapids. 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.

DES MOINES: John Timothy Wieland, 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. Wieland, who plans to major in mathematics and finance, is one of only 21 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is the son of John and Denise Wieland of 332 49th St. in 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.

DUBUQUE: Kristina Gavin, a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, has been awarded the William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Gavin, who plans to major in music and English, is one of only 21 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is the daughter of Tim and LouAnn Gavin of Dubuque. 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.

HULL: Adam Baartman, a graduate of Boyden-Hull High School, has been awarded the Grisamore Liberal Arts and Sciences Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Baartman, who plans to major in athletic training and physical therapy, is one of only 21 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is the son of Randy and Lois Baartman of Hull. 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: Caleb Brown, 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. Brown, who plans to major in history and Spanish, is one of only 21 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is the son of Kathryn Kinsella 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: Nicolas Ian Coffman, 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. Coffman, who plans to major in music, is one of only 21 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is the son of Don and Stacy Coffman 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.

ORANGE CITY: Emily K. Schlitter, a graduate of MOC-Floyd Valley High School, has been awarded the William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Schlitter, who plans a pre-medicine major in psychology, is one of only 21 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is the daughter of Rachel F. Schlitter of Orange 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.

SIBLEY: Meredith Joy DeBoom, a graduate of Sibley-Ocheyedan High School, has been awarded the William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. DeBoom, who plans to major in political science and international studies, is one of only 21 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is the daughter of Kermit and Pam DeBoom of Sibley. She is also the recipient of a full-tuition Presidential Scholarship funded by the college. 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.

SIDNEY: Rachel Witthoft, a graduate of Sidney High School, has been awarded the William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Witthoft, who plans to major in history, is one of only 21 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is the daughter of Jane Buck and Ted Witthoft of Sidney. 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.

YORKTOWN: Nicole Dudley, a graduate of Clarinda High School, has been awarded the Dean Gerhard Loewenberg Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Dudley, who plans to major in linguistics and psychology, is one of only 21 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is the daughter of Nate and Karol Dudley of Yorktown. The Dean Gerhard Loewenberg Scholarship was established in 1993 to honor Professor Gerhard Loewenberg, who served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences from 1984 to 1992 and is now UI Foundation Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science. The $1,500 scholarship is awarded each fall to an entering first-year student who shows academic promise and who plans to major in one of the liberal arts and sciences disciplines. Eligibility requirements include ranking in the top 5 percent of the high school class and an ACT composite score of 30 or above, or an equivalent SAT I score.

Illinois

DUNLAP: Robert C. Null, a graduate of Peoria Notre Dame High School, has been awarded the Shoemaker Strickler Memorial Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Null, who plans to major in physics, is one of only 21 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is the son of Edward and Chris Null of Dunlap. 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."

MORTON: Colleen McGlaughlin, a graduate of Morton High School, has been awarded the William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. McGlaughlin, who plans to major in actuarial science, is one of only 21 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is the daughter of Mack and Kim McGlaughlin of Morton. 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.

WILLOWBROOK: Kevin J. McGurk, a graduate of Fenwick High School, has been awarded the William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. McGurk, who plans to major in journalism, is one of only 21 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is the son of Jim and Peggy McGurk of Willowbrook. 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.

Minnesota

STILLWATER: Alissa Smith, a graduate of Stillwater Area High School, has been awarded the William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Smith, who plans to major in English and secondary education, is one of only 21 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is the daughter of Matt Smith and Anne Gardner of Stillwater. 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.

Nebraska

OMAHA: Anne Marfisi, a graduate of Omaha North High School, has been awarded the William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Marfisi, who has not declared a major, is one of only 21 incoming first-year students to win a scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is the daughter of Jean Delehant and Tom Marfisi of Omaha. 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.

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