The 2014 Bright Scholars of Iowa were honored by Iowa State University at a recent reception. Attendees at the event included Dr. Thomas Hill, senior vice president of student affairs, Fred Lock of the Bright Foundation, and Mary Mouw, supporter of the Bright Foundation.
The Bright Foundation, focused on providing education for a brighter future through college scholarships, recently announced its 2014 scholarship recipients. This year, the foundation provided a four-year, full ride scholarship to 51 students who have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and community service.
The Bright Foundation, focused on providing education for a brighter future through college scholarships, recently announced it has extended its scholarship opportunities to include students attending Indian Hills Community College and Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC).
“This is a great community of scholarship recipients to be part of. The scholarship has improved my life in so many ways – not only by allowing me to graduate debt-free in just eight semesters, but also by providing a support system and a network of other Bright Scholars.”
Alexandra Humston — University of Iowa
“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.”
Raegen Smith — Iowa State University Alum
“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
“I am and always will be eternally grateful for what you have done for me and what you’ve done for others. It’s truly amazing how two special people, Lois and Dale Bright, could be so generous in helping others out. I truly aspire to be like them, giving out of generosity and expecting nothing in return. As college rolls on, I get more and more excited to become a teacher of mathematics, not just to teach young adults math, but also to challenge and aspire them to be better people. Without your help though, I am not sure any of that would be possible. For that, I am truly thankful. For now though, I will continue on in college, doing the best I possibly can do and doing my best to represent the Bright Foundation well. Thank you for all you do again, and God Bless.”
Zachary Youmans — University of Northern 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
“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!”