DaVida Anderson

DaVida Anderson, a doctoral candidate in the UI College of Education's Higher Education and Student Affairs program, gives the keynote address at the 2018 College of Education Scholarship Brunch. Photo by Sara Nelson.

April 26, 2018

Each year, the University of Iowa College of Education honors its top students with scholarships.

These awards celebrate outstanding student achievement in areas such as academic performance, research, student leadership, community service and citizenship, and contributions to all areas of education.

The scholarship recipients, and their generous donors, were honored and celebrated at the 2018 UI College of Education Scholarship Brunch on Saturday, April 28, which was attended by students, faculty, staff, family members, scholarship donors, and friends.

This year, the UI College of Education awarded 112 individual scholarships to a total of 127 students with awards totaling nearly $325,000 from more than 70 privately supported scholarship funds.

DaVida Anderson, a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program, is one of those students. She shared her own experiences as an ACT scholar and Obermann Fellow in her keynote address, describing the power of the "perfect stranger,"  a person who helps bring together talent and opportunity to make dreams come true by providing support for students like herself to be successful.

"Today, I am going to talk about the power that strangers possess when they match talent with opportunity," Anderson says.

Anderson shared how she took out substantial loans to pay for her bachelor's and master's degrees and how profoundly grateful she is to ACT for supporting her educational odyssey. She plans to continue to empower all students and to give voice to inequities that create barriers for those who are underrepresented and marginalized in her career in higher education.

"I also want to contribute to research that will help magnify the voices of individuals who have, for far too long, been unheard and overlooked," Anderson says. "Without private giving, my desires and my dreams may not have been realized here at the University of Iowa."

"Perfect strangers" from ACT invested in Anderson to support her continued success, she says.
"ACT decided that they were going to connect talent to opportunity by providing funding through the ACT Scholars fellowship. That partnership between the University of Iowa and ACT secured my dream to come here to pursue my Ph.D."

Anderson noted that many perfect strangers attending the celebration are providing those opportunities for other students.

The College of Education is pleased to recognize the following students and the generous donors who make the scholarships possible: 

Duane D. Anderson Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to transfer students from Iowa community colleges and established through gifts given in memory of Dr. Anderson.

Tricia Notermann and Jack Bagford

Elementary Education Scholarship - Awarded to elementary education students from Iowa and established by W. Christine Rauscher (MA '72/PhD '78) in honor of Dr. Bagford.

Clarice Kelling David and Connie Belin

Honors Award - Awarded to graduating seniors who have completed all requirements for the Honors Opportunity Program and established through gifts given in honor of David and Connie Belin. Haviland Gilbert, Kelly McElroy

Blommers/Hieronymus/Feldt Fellowship - Awarded to doctoral students in educational measurement and statistics and established through gifts given in honor of professors Paul Blommers, Albert Hieronymus and Leonard Feldt.

Ye Ma

Lowell Brandt Rehabilitation Counseling Award - Awarded to graduate students in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program and established through gifts in memory of Lowell Brandt (BA '72/MA '79).

Stephanie Fiser

Barry Bratton Memorial Award - Awarded to graduate students with a commitment to the systematic design and improvement of instructional processes and materials and established by Marlys Dunphy (MA '79/EdS '87) in memory of Dr. Bratton.

Jeremy Dietmeier

Robert L. Brennan Graduate Student Award - Awarded for research of a graduate student in the Educational Measurement and Statistics program. Established by Dr. Robert L. Brennan.

Stella Kim

Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell and Dr. Fred T. Caldwell Scholarship - Awarded to undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in early- childhood development and established by Dr. Bettye Caldwell (MA '46) and Dr. Fred Caldwell Jr., M.D.

Isabela Flores

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines Award - Awarded to UI REACH students through gifts given in honor of Sally Pederson.  

Blake Austin, Brian Brosius, Emily Edenburn, Holly Henry, Alex Herink, Christian Hooper, Addison Hynd, Kameryn Ingels, Sierra Larson, and Kristina Olson

Jake and Kimberly Chung Scholarship - Awarded to student teachers and established by Jhoon Jake Chung (BA '96) and Kimberly Dierks Chung (BA '98).

Kimberly Buck

Debra Clausen Memorial Scholarship - Awarded with preference given to students pursuing careers in special education and established by J. Christian and Geraldine Clausen in memory of their daughter, Debra.

Sydra Smith

T. Anne Cleary Psychological Research Scholarship - Awarded to students in the Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations and established in memory of T. Anne Cleary by her brothers Frank, Michael, and Paul.

Soeun Park and Ethan Sahker

Laurie Jane Croft Scholarship - Awarded to deserving undergraduate or graduate students in the College of Education who are pursuing an endorsement in gifted education and established by Dr. Laurie Croft.

Jennifer Flieder

Beulah A. and Robert L. Darrow Scholarship Fund - Awarded to deserving students in the College of Education and established by the estate of Beulah A. (MA '62) and Robert Darrow.

Leigh Nida and Lisa Wymore

John Leonard Davies Scholarship - Awarded to K-12 education students and established by Elva Davies (MA '72) in memory of her husband, Dr. Davies (MA '43/PhD '49). 

Alexander Toth

Harvey H. Davis Memorial Scholarship - Awarded with preference to educational leadership or higher education students interested in education finance and established through gifts given in memory of Dr. Davis (BA '22/ MA '23/PhD '28).

Jason Wester

Mary Agnella Gunn Memorial Scholarship - Established by the trust of Dr. Marion Anderson (BA '24/MA '26/PhD '34) in memory of her long- time friend, Dr. Gunn (BA '23/MA '27/ PhD '33).  

Gomee Park

John H. Haefner Scholarship - Awarded to College of Education students with a preference of students from Iowa and established by Scott (BA' 84) and Sarah (BBA '84) Van Beck in memory of Dr. John Haefner (BA '35/MA '39/PhD '42).

Angela Schmiederer

Hemphill/Jones Higher Education Masters Student Award - Awarded to historically underrepresented students of color pursuing a masters in higher education and student affairs. Established by Drs. Brian and Marisella Hemphill and Drs. John Jones and Dr. Holly Holiday- Jones.

*Newly established.

Jo Hendrickson Award - Awarded to UI REACH students in honor of Dr. Jo Hendrickson and her years of service as the UI REACH Director.

Justin Gutierrez, Mary Harrigan, Nick Heggen, Addisen Hynd, Tayler Kortenkamp

Emma E. Holmes Education Scholarship - Awarded to students who are U.S. citizens and established by gifts from Dr. Holmes (PhD '61).

Nicole Hendrix, Olivia Kriener, Amanda Meiners, Heidi Meyer, Amanda Mollet, and Steven Shanley

Albert Hood Promising Scholar Award - Awarded to a graduate student in the Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education and to a graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Program and established by Jean M. Hood on the occasion of the retirement of her husband, Dr. Al Hood. :

Erin Lane and Peggy Valdes

H.D. Hoover Excellence Scholarship - Awarded to a graduate student working on mathematics achievement testing in the elementary grades and established through gifts given in honor of Professor H.D. Hoover (MA '67/ PhD '69).

Jihyun Hwang

Howard K. and Mathilda Ihrke Scholarship - Awarded to first generation students in the Teacher Education Program and was established by Linda R. (BA '68) and Dale Baker in memory of Linda's parents Howard and Mathilda Ihrke.

Annie Duncan, Joseph Gephart, Timothy Gray, Kirby Lackman, Analaura Osorio, Elizabeth Petersen, Sydney Porter, Dahlia Quintanilla, Samuel Spina, and Alexandria Tenley

Howard R. Jones Achievement Award - Awarded to undergraduate or graduate students and established through gifts from colleagues and friends on the occasion of Dr. Jones' retirement.

Courtney Cook

Kyle C. and Eula B. Jones Scholarship - Awarded to students in elementary and secondary education and administration and established through the bequest of Michael D. Jones (MD '75) in honor of his parents, Kyle and Eula Jones.

Alex Butter, Megan Chapman, Angelina Hawker, and Emily Willms

Charlotte and Ruby Junge Scholarship - Awarded to elementary or secondary education students and established by Dr. Charlotte Junge (MA '39/PhD '44) in memory of her sister, Dr. Ruby Junge (PhD '46).

Akash Kesari

Paul Larson Military/Veteran Student Scholarship - Awarded to veterans and actively enlisted and established by Paul D. Larson (PhD '77) in honor of his parents' military service.  

Christopher Patterson

Perry Eugene McClenahan Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to educational leadership graduate students and established by Don (BSC '24) and Dorothy (BA '24/MA '26) Guthrie in honor of Perry Eugene McClenahan (BPH 1905/MA 1906).

Jeremy Heeringa and Laura Williams

Sheila E. McFarland Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to elementary education undergraduate students from Iowa and established by Joseph (BA '52) and Rosalie (BA '52) McFarland in memory of their daughter, Sheila Eileen McFarland (BA '73).

Abby Michaelis

Leonard A. Miller Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to a first-year rehabilitation counseling M.A. student and established through gifts in memory of Dr. Miller (MA '59/PhD '63).

Larry Welsh

Helen Mackin Nichol Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to secondary education students from Iowa who plan to teach and work with students with cognitive and emotional disabilities and established through the estate of Helen Mackin Nichol (BA '23).

Kathryn Patterson

Melvin R. Novick Award in Educational Measurement and Statistics - Awarded to educational measurement and statistics doctoral students and established through gifts given in memory of Dr. Novick.

Rabia Karatoprak Ersen

Paul Opstad Scholarship - Awarded to graduate students and established in memory of Dr. Opstad (BA '51/MA '54/PhD '58) by his children David, Laura, and Carol.

Hyunju Lee

Margaret P. Park Scholarship - Awarded to deserving students in the College of Education and established through the estate of Margaret P. Park (BA '45) and Frank A. Park.

Elizabeth Healy and Jamie Tanas

Ernest T. Pascarella Military Veteran Promise Award - Awarded to exceptional student veterans and established by Dean Emeritas Nicholas and Dr. Kay Colangelo. A 

Ashlie Obrecht

Sally Pederson UI REACH Scholarship - Awarded to UI REACH students with financial need from Iowa. Established by Barbara (BBA '67) and Clarence (MA '66) Stennes in honor of former Lt. Governer, Sally J. Pederson's contributions to UI REACH.

*Newly established

Guy and Gladys Peterson Scholarship - Awarded to teacher education students and established by Jessica Ann Vogel (BA '58) in memory of her parents, Guy and Gladys Peterson.

Lydia Sinclair

Ann Ramsey and Richard E. Posey Scholarship - Awarded to a junior pursuing a career in teaching or education and established by Ann Ramsey Posey (BA '69).

Rachel Barloon

Kathleen M. Ramsay and Family Scholarship - Awarded to College of Education students in their third-year or higher with a focus on elementary or secondary education. Established by Kathleen Ramsay (BA' 76, MA '77).

Katelyn Moore

Rolland Ray Award - Awarded to doctoral students concerned with measurement in mathematics, science, social studies, or English education and established through the estate of Gleynafa Ray (MA '37) in memory of her husband Dr. Ray (MA '41/PhD '51).  

Jihyun Hwang

REACH Scholarship for Excellence - Awarded to students in the REACH program who would otherwise not be able to attend REACH. :

Blake Austin, Courtnie Bruns, Carter Fridly, Henry Holly, Richard Horton, Addisen Hynd, Zach Konrad, Tayler Kortenkamp, Meghan Nordstrom, and Nathan Williams

Mary Maxine Redmond Scholarship - Awarded to undergraduate students from Iowa and established through the estate of Mary Maxine Redmond (BA '37/MA '42).

Madison Atzen

Albert and Martha Ruffalo First Generation Education Scholarship - Awarded to first- generation undergraduate or graduate students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and established by Albert Ruffalo (MA '75) and Martha Ruffalo.

Holly Adams and Alex Lange

Judith Young Saunders Scholarship - Awarded with preference to teacher education students with visual impairments and established by James H. Burke (BA '49) in memory of his niece and Richard J. Young (BBA '71) in memory of his sister, Judith Saunders (BA '68).

Kaylea Rusch, Jennifer St. John, and Morgan Vana

Nani Shreck UI REACH Scholarship - Awarded to UI REACH student(s) with financial need. Established by Robert & Cherie Shreck in honor of their niece, Nani Shreck, who completed the UI REACH program.

*Newly established.

Judy Skalsky Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to students majoring in art education and established by Rose E. Skalsky in memory of her daughter, Judy Skalsky (BA '65) and increased with gifts through the estate of Judy's sister, Jeanne Skalsky Carter (BA '67).

Kimberly Castillo, Amy Davis, Darcy McGuire, Ann Peters, Sara Rieger, Collin Spratt, and Meghan Treasure

Margaret A. Sloan Scholarship - Awarded to deserving College of Education students and established by Margaret A. Sloan (BA '55/MA '61). :

Nathen Anderson and Laila McCloud

Lloyd and Diane Smith Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to elementary social studies students and established through gifts in memory of Dr. Lloyd (MA '54/PhD '56) and Mrs. Diane Smith.  

Karen Wieting

Maureen Medberry Snell Education Award - Awarded to outstanding students in the College of Education and established through the estate of Maureen Medberry Snell (BA '44).

Jonique Childs, Lashelle Morrison, and Elizabeth Plummer

Carol M. and Ed Stenson Scholarship in Education - Awarded to undergraduate students pursuing a special education certification or degree in general teacher education.

Courtney Carley, Mary Deiss, Eliz- abeth Gavin, Clancy Haase, Morgan McAtee, Dorise Nagel, Mattie Rogers, and McKinzi Shook

Drs. Andrew and Jeanne Stevenson Scholarship - Awarded to students who plan to teach science education. It was established by Drs. Andrew and Jeanne Stevenson.

Zachary Miller

Franklin D. and Louise P. Stone International Student Scholarship - Awarded to doctoral international students and established by Louise Stone in memory of her husband, Dr. Stone (MA '42/PhD '63).

Sneha Bhansali

James and Coretta Stroud Fellowship - Awarded to an educational psychology doctoral student and established by Dr. James and Coretta Stroud.

Samantha McVancel and Bryan Range

Grace Phelps Stucker Scholarship - Awarded to teacher education students and established by Carolyn Stucker (BA '73/MA '80) in memory of her mother, Grace Phelps Stucker (BA '72). A

Henry Cardenas

Student Teaching Abroad Scholarship - Awarded to students who are doing their student teaching in a foreign country and established by Linda R. Baker (BA '68).

Patricia Bordonaro, Louis Hartzog, Jacob Koch, Allison Lienen, Brigid Ryan, Taylor Scudder, Amanda Solomon, Meghan Treasure, and Savannah Wilson

Sukup Family Award - Awarded to UI REACH students in honor of their son Andrew, a graduate of the UI REACH program.

Courtnie Bruns and Nathan Williams

Edgar M. and Evelyn Benzler Tanruther Scholarship - Awarded to elementary education students and established through the estate of Edgar Tanruther (MA '29/PhD '37).

Emily Beik, Carrie Borchert, and Emily Crandall

University High School Innovative Developments in Education Award (IDEA) - Awarded to student teachers and established through gifts from U-High alumni and faculty.

Christina Crowley and Devan Cummings

Emily C. Wagner Scholarship - Awarded to English education undergraduate students from Iowa and established by Richard and Sandy Wagner in memory of their daughter Emily (BA '97).  

Aubrey Essing and Kedibona Ochs

Erwin and Louise Wasta International Scholarship - Awarded to full- time international students and established by Stephanie Wasta (MA '89/ PhD '93) in honor of her grandparents.

Injung Lee

Ernest L. and Janet M. Yeakey Education Scholarship - Awarded to College of Education students pursuing math education. Established by Dr. Ernest (PhD '60) and Janet (BA '61)Yeakey.

Zachary Mohr