The Bright Foundation is pleased to announce that it has expanded its Lois Dale Scholarship to include students from all five comprehensive high schools in Des Moines. A reception was held on May 9, 2018 to recognize the newest recipients.
Southwestern Community College hosted its annual donor-scholar dinner on November 13, 2017. The following Bright Scholars were honored at the event and presented with their Bright Foundation medallions and a Bright Foundation story book.
“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 want to personally thank the Bright Foundation for this year. I would not be nearly as successful without their financial support. I come from an incredibly humble background and the financial stability they have given me in the form of this scholarship has allowed me to commit my highest potential to my classwork. They are the reason I am the student I am today. I have tried to carry the Bright Foundation’s values close to my heart this academic year. I worked extremely hard and devoted much of my outside time to volunteer work. I cannot put into works how grateful I am for the opportunities this foundation has given me. They have laid the groundwork for all of my current and future success. I plan to celebrate these values, and this foundation for the rest of my life.”
Leah Waughtal — University of Iowa
“I would like to take this time to thank you for your contribution towards the scholarship I have been granted through Indian Hills Community College. I will be attending Indian Hills with a major in psychology. I then plan to transfer to a four-year college and potentially graduate school after that to continue my education. Thank you again for your contribution and the endless possibilities you have given me!”
Kayla Baker — Indian Hills Community College
“During college, the Bright Scholarship allowed me to focus on school instead of working multiple jobs to stay afloat. In my three years since college, the same has been true – instead of being forced to worry about accepting any job just to pay my student loans, I’ve been able to chase (and land) my dream job!”
Derek Steffen — University of Iowa Alum
“I would like to thank you for your contribution. Without your help, it would be difficult to attend college and pursue my dream career of being a veterinarian. I am extremely honored and hope to give back to foundations like this one day.”
Carissa Pityer — Iowa State University
“This scholarship means a great deal to me. Because of this gift, I will be able to not only attend college for free, but I will also be able to stay close to home and maintain a close relationship with my parents and help out as my mother battles cancer. This scholarship has given me encouragement to work hard not only in school but having a job also. With this help, I will be able to pursue my dream of becoming a veterinarian and accomplish my goals. I can’t thank you enough for this opportunity!”