Brandy is majoring in communications and political science. Her biggest accomplishment so far has been her work within the fraternity and sorority community, in which she has worked with leaders from all around the world and was awarded for her excellent work. Click to read our full interview with Brandy.
Meet Zander, one of the interns for the Bright Foundation. Zander is a junior at the University of Northern Iowa majoring in Digital Media Journalism and Communication. Zander’s favorite way to waste time is watching Survivor. He also loves spending time with his dog and writing in his journal. Read Zander’s interview to learn more about him and his role!
Meet Emilie, one of the interns for the Bright Foundation. Emilie is a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering. In her free time, she likes to golf or practice tarot card reading. Something she has learned outside of class since being in college is that everything is best in balance. Click to read our interview with Emilie and learn more.
On October 22, 2020, recipients of the Bright Scholars of Iowa award and Lois Dale Bright Scholarship gathered virtually along with representatives of the Bright Foundation and the University of Iowa to recognize the 2020 scholarship recipients of both awards.
On October 20, 2020, a virtual reception was held with all the Iowa State University Bright Scholars of Iowa and Lois Dale Bright Scholars to recognize the newest recipients of both awards.
On October 6, 2020, Bright Scholars at the University of Northern Iowa gathered virtually with representatives from the Bright Foundation and UNI to recognize seniors and welcome the 2020 cohort.
The Indian Hills Community College Foundation recently hosted a private lunch for the school’s Bright Scholars to help them learn more about their scholarship, connect with other scholars and the Bright Foundation, as well as recognize the 2019 Bright Scholars
“I’m a student at DMACC and this award is extremely helpful and appreciated. All this past semester, I’ve been working and going to school while barely making it by. This award will give me the chance to focus on school more. I am so honored to receive it and I am so thankful there are people like you to help college students, like myself, out. I plan on finishing up school and becoming an elementary teacher. The scholarship will help me get one step closer to that goal!”
Michaela Price — Des Moines Area Community College
“I cannot even begin to properly thank or even put into words how much this foundation has helped put me on an amazing path to reach and accomplish my dreams. Ever since I was seven years old, I have wanted to become a doctor. I wanted to be able to help people, to make sick people better, to be a healer, and to learn and grow to the fullest of my abilities. Because of the Bright scholarship, these dreams and goals are closer within reach. I am achieving success in ways I never thought were possible. My dreams may have been to help others and learn as much as I possibly can, but this foundation has helped me and given me the chance to do the things I love, to push myself, learn, and experience the joy of hard work and success. This scholarship inspired me to help others as well. Currently, I am pursuing a research opportunity with Dr. Mario Ascoli, Carver College of Medicine, to help with work on finding cures for infertility. I am also in the beginning stages of recruitment for alpha Kappa Delta Phi sorority! A lot of things have been going on for me, but none of this would be possible without the Bright Foundation. This foundation gave me the blessing of not having to be stressed, financial security, the ability to reach my goals, but most importantly, faith in myself to do what I love best, so again, thank you.”
Angeline Vanle — University of Iowa
“With each passing semester I become even more thankful for this scholarship. My college experience has been phenomenal and this scholarship deserves all the credit. You have allowed to me the opportunity to thoroughly enjoy receiving my education at the University of Iowa. I am thankful to be a Bright Scholar of Iowa. Thank you so much for the college experience you have let me have through this scholarship.”
Tess Lough — University of Iowa
“I am so thankful to be part of such an outstanding group of students. This scholarship was one of the greatest things to ever happen to me and I could not have asked for anything better. I loved getting the opportunity to meet the other scholars at the banquet and have felt nothing but welcomed by this whole organization. Thank you all so much for everything!”
Marissa Hunt — Indian Hills Community College
“I am beyond grateful for the opportunities this scholarship has opened up for me. Many doors closed right in front of me, and the Bright Foundation opened up a door of hope for my future. I sometimes think I am dreaming and soon realize this is really happening. I am the first one in my family to attend a University. I can not put into words how much of a blessing this has been not only for me but for my family! I will forever be thankful.”
Sonia Lopez — Iowa State University
“The most valuable part of being a Bright Scholar was experiencing college from a different perspective. I am so grateful for every opportunity and position I was able to hold because I had nothing to worry about and could truly enjoy every moment. Having the freedom to get involved allowed me to further my professional development and give back to the college and community, things I would not have been able to do if I didn’t have the scholarship.”