Scholar Spotlight: Mason Lawrence
School: Iowa State University || Major: History, Secondary Education
Mason is majoring in history and secondary education. If he could give any advice to someone who is considering applying for the Bright/Lois Dale Scholarship it would be to leave nothing on the table in your application essay; the Bright Foundation wants to see who you are and the potential you have to make a difference. Scroll to read the full interview for more about Mason!
What does being a Bright Scholar mean to you?
Being a Bright Scholar is like being a legacy of Dale and Lois Bright. Even though they are no longer with us, the Brights saved and invested their money to give students like me an opportunity to pursue an education without financial worries. We are, in a way, representing their values and vision. If they were here, I would want to make them proud.
To me, being a Bright Scholar means I’ve committed to working hard. I believe I was chosen for this fantastic scholarship for a reason, and that is what motivates me to be at the top of my game at all times. I never want to let the Bright Foundation down or cause the foundation to second guess its decision to provide me with this fantastic opportunity.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering applying for the Bright Scholarship/Lois Dale Scholarship?
My best advice would be to leave nothing on the table in your application essay. The Bright Foundation wants to see who you are and the potential you have to make a difference. Be upfront and honest about why you are applying for the scholarship. If you have a story, share it. I do not think my life experience is out of the ordinary, but I was very open throughout the application process, and I believe that’s why I was fortunate enough to be awarded this amazing scholarship.
What is your favorite class and why?
My favorite class is History 222: Survey of U.S. History II, taught by Dr. Stacy Cordery. When I took Dr. Cordery’s class, I was studying English education with additional endorsements in speech and theater, but I wasn’t sure this was the right path for me. Fortunately, Dr. Cordery’s passion for U.S. history rubbed off and inspired me to switch to history and secondary education. The impact a teacher can have on students is truly amazing. I hope to be an inspiration to students throughout my career, as Dr. Cordery inspired me.
What’s the best food on campus?
That’s a toss-up! The dining centers have a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner the week before break. They do the whole thing : turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole. Honestly, it might be better than my family’s Thanksgiving meal… but don’t tell them I said so.
Hawthorn in the Frederiksen Court Community Center has some of my favorite meals. The SoCal sub sandwich is fantastic. Pair it with a bag of Garden Salsa Sun Chips, a Raspberry Lime Hi‑C, some Real Housewives of New York City, and a roommate who supports my reality TV addiction, and I’ve got one good Saturday night! I also wouldn’t argue with a cheeseburger pizza with a side of onion rings.