On October 26, 2015, The DMACC Foundation Board of Directors held a reception to honor scholarship donors and student recipients. The event took place at the FFA Enrichment Center, located on the Des Moines Area Community College’s Ankeny Campus. Attendees wore cowboy attire and enjoyed western entertainment as well as food from Hickory Park.
The Bright Foundation is pleased to announce the 2015 recipients of the Bright Scholars of Iowa award., a need- and merit-based scholarship that honor outstanding high school seniors across the state, ensuring they have the financial means to complete a two- or four-year college education without accumulating student loan debt.
The Bright Foundation recently launched a new initiative, the Lois Dale Scholarship. This scholarship is a need- and merit-based grant that honors graduating seniors of East High School in Des Moines Public Schools, ensuring they have the financial means to complete a two- or four-year college education without accumulating student loan debt.
On November 12, 2014, Indian Hills Community College hosted its annual reception for scholarship recipients and donors at the Ottumwa Campus. The event connected Bright Foundation representatives Pam Campbell and Mary Mouw with the 2014 Bright Scholars of Iowa recipients.
“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 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.”
Raegen Smith — Iowa State University Alum
“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
“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 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.”