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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!

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