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.
“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
“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
“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 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
“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.”