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University of Iowa News Release


March 13, 2009

UPDATE: For a list of students who have accepted offers for Presidential Scholarships, see:

UI announces recipients of its Presidential Scholarship, valued at $52,000

The University of Iowa announced today the names of 36 incoming first-year students who have been offered the school's most prestigious -- and most valuable -- scholarship for incoming freshmen, the Presidential Scholarship, valued at $52,000 over four years.

Recipients represent the top applicants to the UI for fall 2009, including 24 students from Iowa. They were selected from a pool of more than 700 candidates worldwide, said Michael Barron, UI director of admissions and associate provost for enrollment services.

The award, valued at $13,000 a year ($52,000 over four years), recognizes outstanding high school seniors based on excellence in academics, leadership, involvement, and service. It represents about 85 percent of what an in-state Iowa student would pay for tuition, fees, room and board at the UI for four years.

The recipient pool reflects the scholarship's high standards: the average ACT score is 34, and the average high school grade point average is 4.0.

"This is a remarkable group of students and I congratulate them on being offered our most valuable scholarship based on academic merit. I'm honored to have them consider the University of Iowa as a destination for higher education," Barron said of the recipients.

Recipients represent a wide variety of interests outside the classroom, including hospital volunteers, 4-H Club award-winners, a basketball team co-captain, an Eagle Scout, marching band members, and students who lead study groups at churches and synagogues. Many recipients have spent summers doing volunteer work or shadowing professionals in their area of interest, such as medicine and aerospace engineering. One student helped rebuild homes in Louisiana for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Barron added that the UI is protecting funding of Presidential Scholarships and other financial aid despite the current budget crisis. "We are committed to making the university affordable and accessible for all students who qualify for admission, and providing a high-quality student academic experience remains our highest priority," he said.

EDITORS: This release indicates that a student from your readership area has been named a Presidential Scholar. Students have until May 1, 2009 to accept this offer. Students are listed by state and hometown. Iowa students are listed first.

Ames: Anna Frishman
Burlington: Aakash Dhuna
Cedar Rapids: Ethan Craig, Hannah Colton, Madeleine Halyard
Clive: Ajeet Singh
Coralville: Lena Ye
Cumming: Jason Wu
Des Moines: Alysha Seroussi
Dubuque: Kathleen White
Gilman: Stephen Molitor
Indianola: Emily Gross
Iowa City: Ethan Coffel, Qiushuang Jin, Maria Kulikova, Gabriella Rizzo.
Ottumwa: Corbin Gardner
Sioux City: Audrey Erickson, Clayton Oakley
Urbandale: Allyson Mayer, Emily VanderLinden, Jeffrey Vial
West Des Moines: Audrey Williams, Anna Okulist, Jane Hommerding

Grand Junction: Tessa Chillemi

Bloomington: Alexa Pence
Decatur: Ashley Kappenman
Grayslake: Leslie Warren
Normal: Elizabeth Risius
Springfield: Matthew Stegeman

Overland Park: Megan Watson

Chesterfield: Ryan Holstad
St. Louis:  Anna Dardick

Lebanon: Andrew McCray

Brandon:  Bhavatharini Kasinathan

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

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