FAYETTE, Iowa (March 22, 2013) – Upper Iowa University is pleased to announce the selection of its 2013-14 Students of Excellence scholarship recipients, an elite group of incoming students who will attend the UIU Fayette campus in Fall 2013 on full academic scholarship. Awardees were selected from among eligible first year students who participated in a competitive, invitation-only scholarship day event held March 2.
"We are pleased to be able to recognize the highest achieving members of each year's incoming freshman class at the Fayette campus," said Dr. Richard R. Patrick, UIU Acting President. "Upper Iowa will continually seek ways to assist our most academically prepared students to reach their goals. This Students of Excellence Scholarship is the University's highest academic honor, and we congratulate these young men and women on achieving this goal. We look forward to their presence on campus and the positive impact their leadership will have inside and outside of the classroom."
Students chosen included:
• Matt Meulemans is the son of James and Julie Meulemans from Appleton, Wis. He will graduate from Kimberly High School and intends to major in conservation management.
• Sawyer Bawek is the son of Craig and Lynnelle Bawek from Arcadia, Wis. He will graduate from Arcadia High School and intends to major in pre-professional chiropractic.
• Taylor Klostermann is the daughter of Larry and Theresa Klostermann from Manchester, Iowa. She will graduate from West Delaware High School and intends to major in education and business.
• Jason McClenahan is the son of Thomas and Kandi McClenahan from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He will graduate from Thomas Jefferson High School and intends to major in life science.
• Nate Roemer is the son of John Roemer and Jennifer Heinsius from Streator, Ill. He will graduate from Woodland High School and intends to major in business administration.
• Amy Bonvillain is the daughter of Leslie and Rhonda Bonvillain from Elizabeth, Ill. She will graduate from Stockton High School and intends to major in sports communication.
• Chandra Smith is the daughter of Mark and Diane Smith from Bloomfield, Iowa. She will graduate from Davis County Community High School and is undecided on her major.
• Kelsey Carpenter is the daughter of Ron and Darla Carpenter from New Hampton, Iowa. She will graduate from New Hampton High School and intends to major in pre-professional biology.
To be eligible to compete for the scholarship, accepted students needed to achieve an unweighted cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 and above, have a minimum ACT composite score of 26 or a minimum SAT score of 1170. The competition included an interview, a timed essay and a group project.
The UIU Students of Excellence full tuition scholarship is renewable for up to four years and is valued at approximately $100,000.
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to some 6,200 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.