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Aug. 25, 2008

UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences announces 2008-09 scholarship winners

Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), has announced the winners of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Scholarships for the 2008-09 academic year.

The college awarded 43 scholarships collectively worth more than $112,000 to students continuing their studies in liberal arts and sciences disciplines and 19 scholarships to first-year students who represent the best and brightest among more than 4,000 students who will begin their studies at the UI today, Aug. 25.

Students are listed alphabetically by hometown with in-state recipients first.

Iowa

AMES -- Kara Prior, a senior studying international studies and environmental science in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $4,000 Winifred S. Scott Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need, academic promise and academic accomplishments. Prior is a 2004 graduate of Ames High School and the daughter of Sieglinde Prior and Jim Prior.

AMES -- Andrew S. Richards, a sophomore studying cinema in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $2,500 Nadyne Harris Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need, academic promise, academic accomplishments and special challenges in a student's background or current circumstances. He is a 2006 graduate of Ames High School and the son of Chuck and Diana Richards.

BELMOND -- Kaitlin Marie Pals earned the E.R. Johnson Prize at the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences commencement in May 2008 as the graduating senior with the highest academic standing. Pals earned a degree in English and was one of only 39 of the college's more than 1,700 graduates to graduate with highest distinction. She is a 2004 graduate of Belmond-Klemme High School and the daughter of Teresa Pals and Eugene Pals.

BETTENDORF -- Leighton Christiansen, a junior studying English and informatics in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $3,500 Bill and John Fenton Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of each student's exemplary academic record and thoughtful essay exploring the impact of their academic and non-academic University of Iowa experiences on their academic, professional and personal goals. Christiansen is a 1986 graduate of Bettendorf High School and the son of Karen Christiansen and Lynn Christiansen.

BETTENDORF -- Kaitlin White, a graduate of Pleasant Valley High School, has been awarded a William and Effa McMeans Scholarship and a Dean Gerhard Loewenberg Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). White, who plans to major in pre-medicine, is one of only 19 first-year students to win a scholarship directly from the college. She is the daughter of Robert and Marsha White. The CLAS awards up to 15 William and Effa McMeans Scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000, to select 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 3.0 UI 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, of Gladbrook, was an alumna of the UI, earning her bachelor's degree in science education in 1932 and a master's degree in chemistry in 1948. The Dean Gerhard Loewenberg Scholarship was established in 1993 to honor Professor Gerhard Loewenberg, who served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 1984 to 1992 and is now a UI Foundation Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science. Awarded on the basis of academic merit and promise, this $2,000 scholarship is awarded each fall to a first-year student who plans to major in one of the liberal arts and sciences disciplines.

CARROLL -- Jessica Odendahl, a sophomore studying biology and pre-medicine and minoring in Spanish in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $1,000 Faith M. Knowler Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need, academic promise, academic accomplishments and special challenges in a student's background or current circumstances. Odendahl is a 2006 graduate of Kuemper Catholic High School and the daughter of John and Diane Odendahl.

CEDAR RAPIDS -- Jordan Zachary Bleau, a graduate of George Washington High School, has been awarded a William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Bleau, who plans to enter as an open major, is one of only 19 first-year students to win a scholarship directly from the college. He is the son of Betty Zebell and Clare Bleau. The CLAS awards up to 15 William and Effa McMeans Scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000, to select 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 3.0 UI 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, of Gladbrook, was an alumna of the UI, earning her bachelor's degree in science education in 1932 and a master's degree in chemistry in 1948.

CEDAR RAPIDS -- Christina Davison, a graduate of J.F. Kennedy High School, has been awarded a William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Davison, who plans to major in psychology, is one of only 19 first-year students to win a scholarship directly from the college. Christina is the daughter of Jean And Rick Davison. The CLAS awards up to 15 William and Effa McMeans Scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000, to select 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 3.0 UI 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, of Gladbrook, was an alumna of the UI, earning her bachelor's degree in science education in 1932 and a master's degree in chemistry in 1948.

CEDAR RAPIDS -- Juliana Khouri, a junior majoring in Spanish and secondary education and pursuing an English as a Second Language endorsement in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $4,000 Alexander Kern Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need, academic promise, academic accomplishments and special challenges in a student's background or current circumstances. Khouri is a 2005 graduate of Washington High School and the daughter of Rev. Elias and Irene Khouri.

CEDAR RAPIDS -- Elizabeth Shores, a junior studying Asian languages and literature (Mandarin Chinese) and comparative literature, minoring in French, and pursuing a certificate in international business in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $4,000 Winifred S. Scott Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need, academic promise, and academic accomplishments. She is a 2003 graduate of Marion High School and the daughter of Diana L. Shores.

CENTRAL CITY -- Sara Gardner has been awarded the Dean Gerhard Loewenberg Scholarship and a CLAS Excellence Award from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Gardner, who plans to major in marketing and pre-law, is one of only 19 first-year students to win a scholarship directly from the college. She is the daughter of Dave and Sue Gardner. The scholarship was established in 1993 to honor Professor Gerhard Loewenberg, who served as dean of the college from 1984 to 1992 and is now a UI Foundation Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science. Awarded on the basis of academic merit and promise, this $2,000 scholarship is awarded each fall to a first-year student who plans to major in one of the liberal arts and sciences disciplines. The CLAS Excellence Awards, each in the amount of $1,500, are awarded on the basis of academic merit and promise to first-year students who plan to major in one of the liberal arts and sciences disciplines.

CORALVILLE -- James Min, a graduate of Iowa City West High School, has been awarded a William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Min, who plans to major in biochemistry and pre-medicine, is one of only 19 first-year students to win a scholarship directly from the college. He is the son of Byeong and Yong Min. The CLAS awards up to 15 William and Effa McMeans Scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000, to select 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 3.0 UI 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, of Gladbrook, was an alumna of the UI, earning her bachelor's degree in science education in 1932 and a master's degree in chemistry in 1948.

COSGROVE -- John C. Willman, a senior studying anthropology in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $3,500 Bill and John Fenton Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of each student's exemplary academic record and thoughtful essay exploring the impact of their academic and non-academic UI experiences on their academic, professional and personal goals. He is a 2004 graduate of Clear Creek-Amana High School and the son of Rick Willman and Patricia Griffin-Wood.

DAVENPORT -- Jared Daedalus Moon, a graduate of West High School, has been awarded a Shoemaker-Strickler Memorial Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Moon, who plans to major in chemistry, is one of only 19 first-year students to win a scholarship directly from the college. He is the son of J.D. and Kris Moon. The college awards two $8,000 Shoemaker-Strickler Memorial Scholarships to outstanding entering first-year students who have declared chemistry, physics or astronomy majors. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit only and are renewable for up to four years or graduation, whichever comes first, provided the students maintain a 3.50 UI grade point average, remain a chemistry, physics or astronomy major, and are enrolled full-time. The scholarships, first awarded in 1996, were established by Harold Whitmore Strickler as a memorial to his wife, Vernita Martha Ann Shoemaker Strickler. His goal was that the scholarship recipients would use the knowledge gained in their chosen field for the benefit of mankind and to promote peace and understanding.

DES MOINES -- Cecilia Copeland Haertsch, a senior majoring in theatre and minoring in dance in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $1,000 Lennis J. Holm Scholarship in Screenwriting, Nonfiction Writing or Playwriting. Lennis J. Holm, of Eagle Grove, graduated with honors from the UI in 1968 and later received his law degree from Georgetown University. His family established this scholarship in his memory following his death in 2002. Haertsch is a 1994 graduate of Roosevelt High School and the daughter of Beverly Davis.

DES MOINES -- Neil Philip Stoffregen, a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School, has been awarded a William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Stoffregen, who plans to enter as an open major, is one of only 19 first-year students to win a scholarship directly from the college. He is the son of Philip and Margaret Stoffregen. The CLAS awards up to 15 William and Effa McMeans Scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000, to select 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 3.0 UI 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, of Gladbrook, was an alumna of the UI, earning her bachelor's degree in science education in 1932 and a master's degree in chemistry in 1948.

DUBUQUE -- Rene Panozzo, a junior studying journalism and mass communication, international studies and Spanish in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $3,000 Roger H. and Marilyn J. Coleman Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in communication studies or journalism and mass communication who are interested in broadcasting or print media. Panozzo is a 2005 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School and the daughter of Lynne Hemmer.

GRINNELL -- Thomas Heineman, a sophomore studying chemistry and history in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $2,000 George S. Schaeffer Scholarship in Science. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding undergraduate students in science whose families have current or historical ties to Iowa agriculture. He is a 2006 graduate of Grinnell High School and the son of Brian and Nancy Heineman.

IOWA CITY -- Alec Jacob Modrick, a graduate of Iowa City Regina High School, has been awarded a William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Modrick, who plans to major in biochemistry, is one of only 19 first-year students to win a scholarship directly from the college. He is the son of Joseph and Lisa Modrick. The CLAS awards up to 15 William and Effa McMeans Scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000, to select 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 3.0 UI 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, of Gladbrook, was an alumna of the UI, earning her bachelor's degree in science education in 1932 and a master's degree in chemistry in 1948.

IOWA CITY -- Mark Tucker, a junior studying physics and mathematics in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $2,500 Richard J. Odem Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student in mathematics, statistics or economics. Tucker is a 2006 graduate of Iowa City High School. He is the son of Laura and James Tucker.

JOHNSTON -- Jennifer Pray, a graduate of Johnston High School, has been awarded a CLAS Excellence Award from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Pray, who plans to major in dance and English, is one of only 19 first-year students to win a scholarship directly from the college. She is the daughter of Jim and Rita Pray. The CLAS Excellence Awards, each in the amount of $1,500, are awarded on the basis of academic merit and promise to entering first-year students who plan to major in one of the liberal arts and sciences disciplines.

MARION -- Chelsea Cox, a graduate of Marion High School, has been awarded the Grisamore Liberal Arts and Sciences Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Cox, who is entering as an open major, is one of only 19 first-year students to win a scholarship directly from the college. She is the daughter of Kathy and Mike Matias. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition and is awarded to a first-year student from Iowa who is planning to study in the CLAS and demonstrates the academic potential necessary to complete a baccalaureate degree. This scholarship was established in 1996 by Jeffrey G. Grisamore, who wished to provide an opportunity to attend the UI to a student capable of academic success but who, without scholarship assistance, may not be able to enroll. Grisamore, of West Des Moines, is a UI alumnus, who earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a minor in journalism and mass communication in 1981.

MARION -- Austin Peiffer, a junior studying mathematics and music in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $2,000 George S. Schaeffer Scholarship in Science. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding undergraduate students in science whose families have current or historical ties to Iowa agriculture. He is a 2006 graduate of Linn Mar High School and the son of Joe and Becky Peiffer.

MARSHALLTOWN -- Holly Gummert, a junior studying journalism and mass communication studies and nonprofit Management in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $3,000 Ralph K. and Maxine J. Hibbs Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need and academic accomplishments. Gummert is a 2006 graduate of Marshalltown High School and the daughter of Dale and Barb Gummert.

MOUNT VERNON -- Jered Vislisel, a junior studying integrative physiology and pre-dentistry in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $2,000 George S. Schaeffer Scholarship in Science. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding undergraduate students in science whose families have current or historical ties to Iowa agriculture. He is a 2005 graduate of Mount Vernon High School and the son of David and Julie Vislisel.

NEWTON -- Stephen Daniels, a graduate of Newton High School, has been awarded a Shoemaker-Strickler Memorial Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Daniels, who plans to major in physics, is one of only 19 first-year students to win a scholarship directly from the college. He is the son of Duane Daniels and Joy Osborn-Daniels. The college awards two $8,000 Shoemaker-Strickler Memorial Scholarships to outstanding entering first-year students who have declared chemistry, physics or astronomy majors. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit only and are renewable for up to four years or graduation, whichever comes first, provided the students maintain a 3.50 UI grade point average, remain a chemistry, physics or astronomy major, and are enrolled full-time. The scholarships, first awarded in 1996, were established by Harold Whitmore Strickler as a memorial to his wife, Vernita Martha Ann Shoemaker Strickler. His goal was that the scholarship recipients would use the knowledge gained in their chosen field for the benefit of mankind and to promote peace and understanding.

NORTH LIBERTY -- Katherine Hanson, a graduate of West High School, has been awarded a William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Hanson, who plans to major in journalism and mass communication, is one of only 19 first-year students to win a scholarship directly from the college. She is the daughter of Pat and Nancy Hanson. The CLAS awards up to 15 William and Effa McMeans Scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000, to select 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 3.0 UI 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, of Gladbrook, was an alumna of the UI, earning her bachelor's degree in science education in 1932 and a master's degree in chemistry in 1948.

OGDEN -- Laura Heineman, a graduate of Ogden High School, has been awarded a CLAS Excellence Award from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Heineman, who plans to enter as an open major, is one of only 19 first-year students to win a scholarship directly from the college. She is the daughter of Craig and Martha Heineman. The CLAS Excellence Awards, each in the amount of $1,500, are awarded on the basis of academic merit and promise to entering first-year students who plan to major in one of the liberal arts and sciences disciplines.

OGDEN -- Molly Peterson, a sophomore studying microbiology in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $2,000 George S. Schaeffer Scholarship in Science. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding undergraduate students in science whose families have current or historical ties to Iowa agriculture. She is a 2006 graduate of Ogden High School and the daughter of Scott and Peg Peterson.

PALO -- Michael Morio, a sophomore studying integrative physiology and pre-dentistry in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $2,000 George S. Schaeffer Scholarship in Science. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding undergraduate students in science whose families have current or historical ties to Iowa agriculture. He is a 2006 graduate of Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School and the son of Marcia and Richard Morio.

PALO -- Courtney Wilcox, a first-year student studying political science and international studies and minoring in Spanish in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $2,000 Mary Goodykoontz Barnes Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need, academic promise, academic accomplishments and special challenges in a student's background or current circumstances. Wilcox is a 2007 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School and the daughter of Kandice and Christopher Wilcox.

SIBLEY -- Meredith J. DeBoom, a junior studying political science and international studies in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $3,500 Bill and John Fenton Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of each student's exemplary academic record and thoughtful essay exploring the impact of their academic and non-academic UI experiences on their academic, professional and personal goals. DeBoom is a 2005 graduate of Sibley-Ocheyedan High School and the daughter of Kermit and Pam DeBoom.

SIOUX CITY -- Don Pham, a sophomore studying integrative physiology and pre-medicine in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $4,000 Alexander Kern Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need, academic promise, academic accomplishments, and special challenges in a student's background or current circumstances. He is a 2006 graduate of North High School and the son of Hong Pham and Hai Nguyen.

SIOUX CITY -- Samuel Slotsky, a senior studying jazz studies and computer science in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $2,000 Mary Pelechek Scholarship in the Arts. This scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in art, dance, music or theater. Slotsky is a graduate of North High School and the son of Don Slotsky and Liz Mercer.

SWISHER -- Natasha T. Santos, a graduate of Prairie High School, has been awarded a William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Santos, who plans to major in art, is one of only 19 first-year students to win a scholarship directly from the college. She is the daughter of Marija Santos. The CLAS awards up to 15 William and Effa McMeans Scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000, to select 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 3.0 UI 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, of Gladbrook, was an alumna of the UI, earning her bachelor's degree in science education in 1932 and a master's degree in chemistry in 1948.

STRAWBERRY POINT -- Nicholas Compton, a junior studying journalism and mass communication and political science in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $1,000 Edward Prichett Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need, academic promise, academic accomplishments and special challenges in a student's background or current circumstances. Compton is a 2005 graduate of Starmont High School and the son of John and Jane Compton.

WATERLOO -- Pete McCunniff, a junior studying integrative physiology and pre-medicine in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $2,000 George S. Schaeffer Scholarship in Science. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding undergraduate students in science whose families have current or historical ties to Iowa agriculture. He is a 2005 graduate of Columbus High School and the son of Tom and Nancy McCunniff.

WATERLOO -- Anna Schmitz, a sophomore studying integrative physiology and pre-medicine in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $2,500 Velma E. Stuit Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate woman in the sciences who is active in volunteering and service to others. Schmitz is the daughter of Rich and Patti Schmitz and a 2006 graduate of Columbus High School.

WEST DES MOINES -- Rohit Iragavarapu, a graduate of Valley High School, has been awarded a William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Iragavarapu, who plans to major in finance and international studies, is one of only 19 first-year students to win a scholarship directly from the college. He is the son of Raj Iragavarapu and Padma Commari. The CLAS awards up to 15 William and Effa McMeans Scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000, to select 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 3.0 UI 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, of Gladbrook, was an alumna of the UI, earning her bachelor's degree in science education in 1932 and a master's degree in chemistry in 1948.

WEST DES MOINES -- Zane Scott-Tunkin, a senior majoring in history in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $1,000 Kay Keeshan Hamod Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to a student in history who is also a member of the University of Iowa Honors Program. Scott-Tunkin is a 2005 graduate of Valley High School and the son of Marena Tunkin and Gary Scott. Kay Keeshan Hamod received her doctorate in modern European intellectual history from the UI in 1976. Hamod taught at the UI, Bowling Green University and Rutgers University. Her family established this scholarship in her memory.

 

Illinois

ELGIN -- Bethzaira Fregoso of Elgin earned the E.R. Johnson Prize at the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' May 2008 commencement as the graduating senior with the second-highest academic standing. Fregoso earned a degree in social work and was one of only 39 of the college's more than 1,700 graduates to graduate with highest distinction. She is a 2004 graduate of Elgin High School and the daughter of Francisco and Yolanda Fregoso.

MAHOMET -- Jessica Jewett, a sophomore studying chemistry in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $2,000 Myrna Lee Sprengeler Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need, academic promise, academic accomplishments and special challenges in a student's background or current circumstances. Jewett is a 2006 graduate of Mahomet-Seymour High School and the daughter of Jeff and Barb Jewett.

ROCKFORD -- Jennifer M. Yates, a junior studying communication studies in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $2,000 Margaret Foster Hoff Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need, academic promise, academic accomplishments and special challenges in a student's background or current circumstances. Yates is a 2005 graduate of Guilford High School and the niece of Steven Yates.

VERNON HILLS -- Kristen Meylor, a sophomore studying French and Spanish in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $3,500 Bill and John Fenton Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of each student's exemplary academic record and thoughtful essay exploring the impact of their academic and non-academic University of Iowa experiences on their academic, professional, and personal goals. She is a 2006 graduate of Vernon Hills High School and the daughter of Pam and Joe Meylor.

WILMETTE -- Natalie Ramlow, a sophomore studying vocal and oboe performance in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $3,000 Ralph K. and Maxine J. Hibbs Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need and academic accomplishments. Ramlow is a 2006 graduate of New Trier High School and the daughter of Richard and Donna Ramlow.

Minnesota

ALEXANDRIA -- Katherine Ryan, a graduate of Jefferson Senior High School, has been awarded a William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Ryan, who plans to major in English, is one of only 19 first-year students to win a scholarship directly from the college. She is the daughter of Ken and Heidi Ryan. The CLAS awards up to 15 William and Effa McMeans Scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000, to select 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 3.0 UI 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, of Gladbrook, was an alumna of the UI, earning her bachelor's degree in science education in 1932 and a master's degree in chemistry in 1948.

ANOKA -- Carrie Grace Beisler, a first-year student studying violin and voice performance in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $3,000 Ralph K. and Maxine J. Hibbs Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need and academic accomplishments. Beisler is the daughter of James Beisler and Ellen Johnson.

MAPLEWOOD -- Suzanne H. Carter, a graduate of White Bear Lake Area High School, has been awarded a William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Carter, who plans to major in mathematics and chemistry, is one of only 19 first-year students to win a scholarship directly from the college. She is the daughter of James and Carol Carter. The CLAS awards up to 15 William and Effa McMeans Scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000, to select 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 3.0 UI 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, of Gladbrook, was an alumna of the UI, earning her bachelor's degree in science education in 1932 and a master's degree in chemistry in 1948.

Nebraska

OMAHA -- Anne Marfisi, a junior studying American studies in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $3,000 Ralph K. and Maxine J. Hibbs Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need and academic accomplishments. Marfisi is a 2005 graduate of Omaha North High School and the daughter of Jean Delehant.

OMAHA -- Nicholas A. Rich, a senior studying classical languages and philosophy in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $3,000 Ralph K. and Maxine J. Hibbs Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need and academic accomplishments. Rich is a 2004 graduate of Omaha North High School and the son of Sheryl Rich and David Rich.

New York

ITHACA -- Michael Renjie Li, a sophomore studying microbiology, psychology and pre-medicine in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $1,000 Kathleen K. Beninga Scholarship in Microbiology. This scholarship is awarded to a sophomore, junior, or senior microbiology major. Li is a graduate of Ithaca High School and the son of Jiming Li and Xiaoyan Liu.

Ohio

AVON LAKE -- Jeffrey C. Russ, a graduate of Avon Lake High School, has been awarded a William and Effa McMeans Scholarship from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Russ, who plans to major in English, is one of only 19 first-year students to win a scholarship directly from the college. He is the son of Patricia and Michael Russ. The CLAS awards up to 15 William and Effa McMeans Scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000, to select 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 3.0 UI 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, of Gladbrook, was an alumna of the UI, earning her bachelor's degree in science education in 1932 and a master's degree in chemistry in 1948.

Switzerland

ZURICH -- Christina Willner, a sophomore studying physics, biology and microbiology in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $2,500 Velma E. Stuit Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate woman in the sciences who is active in volunteering and service to others. She is the daughter of Harry Willner and Gisela Flubaches.

Tennessee

MEMPHIS - Maggie Garland Scrantom, a sophomore studying theater and English in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $4,000 Winifred S. Scott Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need, academic promise and academic accomplishments. She is a 2006 graduate of Collierville High School and the daughter of Billy and Kathy Scrantom.

Texas

VICTORIA -- Rachel Lee Barger, a junior studying dance in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and management and organizations in the Tippie College of Business, was awarded the $2,000 Mary Campbell Tow Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need, academic promise, academic accomplishments and special challenges in a student's background or current circumstances. Barger is a graduate of Memorial High School and the daughter of Steve Barger and Gail Pickens-Barger.

Wisconsin

VIROQUA -- Megan Felt, a junior studying Spanish and anthropology in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the $1,500 F.C. Denkmann Liberal Arts and Sciences Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need, academic promise, academic accomplishments and special challenges in a student's background or current circumstances. Felt is a 2005 graduate of Viroqua High School and the daughter of Kathy Molitor.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Diane Hauser, Liberal Arts and Sciences Scholarship Committee, 319-335-2633, diane-hauser@uiowa.edu; Nicole Riehl, University News Services, 319-384-0070, nicole-riehl@uiowa.edu