Scholar Spotlight: Faith Surface
Junior at University of Iowa
“Being a Bright Scholar means that I am able to achieve the dreams of my parents and their parents, and thrive while doing so – not struggle or merely survive. I am afforded the opportunities to not only get an education, but to make friends, join leadership teams, volunteer and save for graduate school. Being a Bright Scholar means I have the honor of carrying on the legacy of Lois and Dale.”
Major: Ethics and Public Policy with a specialization in Economics
Two certificates – one in International Business and the other in Resilience and Trauma- Informed Perspectives
What opportunities or experiences have you been able to take part in that you might not have been able to without the scholarship?
Because I have not had to work during college, I have had enough free time to join the executive team of the Food Pantry at Iowa. Not only am I helping members of our community, I’m also gaining valuable leadership experience I would not otherwise have been able to access.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering applying for the Bright Scholarship/Lois Dale Scholarship?
My advice would be, just do it! I know it might feel like you are not deserving or will not get chosen, but you won’t know unless you try. You deserve to graduate debt free and enjoy your college experience. Most importantly, do not forget to give back during your college years and after you graduate!
What do like most about your school?
I like the fact that the University of Iowa’s campus is very large, but I constantly see people I know everywhere I go.
What has been your biggest challenge since starting college?
My biggest challenge was starting my first year of college during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was isolating, quiet and not what college should be.
What’s a fun fact we should know about you?
When I was in eighth grade, I had spinal fusion surgery to correct my scoliosis, and now I have two titanium rods, 24 screws, wire and some cadaver bones in my spine!