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2011 Dean's List at Mount Mercy University PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 January 2012 15:41

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (DATE) - Teri Anson of Davenport, a Bachelor of Science - Nursing major, and Matthew Purl, Davenport, a Bachelor of Science - Biology major, have been named to the fall 2011 Dean's List at Mount Mercy University. Students with a semester grade point average of 3.60 or better and who are graded (letter grade, not pass/fail) for six or more semester hours are eligible for inclusion on the Dean's List.

Founded in 1928 by the Sisters of Mercy, Mount Mercy University offers students a personal, practical, and faith-inspired education that distinctly blends professional career preparation and liberal arts with a strong curriculum grounded in leadership and service.

In more than 80 years, Mount Mercy has grown in size and reputation, adapting to meet the changing educational needs of the Cedar Rapids community. Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to more than 1,800 traditional, transfer, adult and graduate students. Popular undergraduate majors include business, nursing, criminal justice, education, and social work. Graduate programs are offered in business, education, nursing and marriage and family therapy.


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Written by Linda Martin   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 15:44

The Moline Foundation announces February 15 as the deadline to apply for the Clem T. Hanson scholarship. Residents of Moline School District No. 40 are eligible to apply for the four year college scholarship based on scholarship, financial need and extracurricular activities. Students should contact their counseling office at Moline High School, Alleman High School or Black Hawk College for an application. The three Hanson scholarship award winners will be chosen by a local scholarship selection committee and notified of their selection by May 1, 2012. They will receive $1,500 annually for the next four years with an annual renewal based on satisfactory progress in their post-secondary education.

Since 1985, over 100 students have received the Hanson Scholarship Funds as a result of an endowment fund established through the generosity of Clem T. Hanson (1901-1985), a former Moline businessman and community leader. He was the founder of Hanson Advertising Agency in Moline and was a co-founder of HON Industries in Muscatine. Mr. Hanson also served as president of Moline Rotary in 1952 and was a volunteer for Boy Scouts, Arrowhead Ranch and United Way. The Clement T. Hanson Memorial Scholarship Fund was established with the Moline Foundation by his family, following the death of Mr. Hanson on July 17, 1985.

The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, community development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of Moline and the surrounding area. For more information, contact Joy Boruff, Executive Director, at (309) 736-3800. The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts and has assets of approximately $16 million.


TOMORROW: Braley Travels to Eastern Iowa Colleges to Host Campus Forums PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 15:37

TOMORROW: Braley Travels to Eastern Iowa Colleges to Host Campus Forums

Braley to hear about college affordability, student debt, employability in open discussions


Washington, DC – Beginning tomorrow, Thursday January 26th, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) will embark on a two-day tour of eastern Iowa colleges and universities to host a series of open forums on the state of higher education.


Braley will moderate an open discussion with students, faculty, and administrators from local campuses to focus on college affordability, student financial aid, employability after graduation, and more.


“From affordability to mountains of student loan debt, there are unprecedented challenges facing students who want to pursue a college education,” Braley said.  “I’m traveling across eastern Iowa to listen to students and educators about these challenges and to hear their suggestions for how to address them.”


The events are free and open to local students and the public.


TOMORROW, Thursday January 26th, 2012


10:00am               Quad Cities Campus Forum

St. Ambrose University

Rogalski Center

518 West Locust St.

Davenport, Iowa


1:00pm                 Cedar Rapids Campus Forum

Coe College

Clark Alumni House

200 College Dr. NE

Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Friday January 27th, 2012


1:00pm                 Cedar Valley Campus Forum

University of Northern Iowa

Maucker Union, Room 109

Cedar Falls, Iowa


4:15pm                 Grinnell Campus Forum

Grinnell College

Rosenfeld Center, Room 101

1127 Park St.

Grinnell, Iowa


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IFAA Offers Iowa Youth $97,000 in Scholarships PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harold Hodson   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 13:42

News from Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, IA (01/25/2012)(readMedia)-- College-bound Iowa youth active in 4-H and/or FFA livestock projects and current undergraduate students may apply for $97,000 in scholarships available from the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement (IFAA).

The scholarships are available to freshmen entering any Iowa two- or four-year post-secondary institution this fall or current undergraduates attending Iowa State University. Applicants must major in animal science or a curriculum in agriculture or human sciences that is related to the animal industry, according to IFAA spokesman Harold Hodson. The awards include:

• Three $5,500 one-year scholarships

• Four $5,000 one-year scholarships

• One $4,000 one-year scholarship

• One $3,000 one-year scholarship

• Thirteen $2,000 one-year scholarships

• Six $1,500 one-year scholarships

• Sixteen $1,000 one-year scholarships

• Five $500 one-year scholarships

Applications and additional information are available by visiting the Sale of Champions section of the Iowa State Fair's web site ( or by calling 515/291-3941. Selection will be based on level of 4-H/FFA involvement in livestock project work, livestock exhibition and/or judging, scholarship, leadership and career plans. Applications for current undergraduate students must be postmarked by April 1, 2012 and applications for incoming freshmen must be postmarked by May 1, 2012. All materials should be sent to Winner's Circle Scholarship, c/o SGI, 30805 595th Avenue, Cambridge, IA 50046.

Winners will be announced during the 2012 Iowa State Fair annual 4-H/FFA Sale of Champions on August 18, an event sponsored by IFAA. The IFAA is a non-profit organization founded in 1988. It is comprised of agricultural enthusiasts dedicated to encouraging 4-H and FFA livestock, poultry and agricultural project members to pursue ag-related careers. IFAA scholarship funds come from a percentage of Sale of Champions proceeds, as well as Winner's Circle Club donations.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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Braley Introduces Bill to Prevent Skyrocketing Student Loan Increase PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 13:33

Obama called on Congress to stop looming July spike in student loan rates in State of the Union last night


Washington, DC – After President Obama used his State of the Union address last night to call on Congress to stop the looming spike in student loan interest rates, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) introduced legislation today to indefinitely keep the interest rate for federally subsidized Stafford loans at 3.4 percent, their current, low rate.

Unless Congress takes action, student loan interest rates will double to 6.8 percent on July 1, 2012.  Such an increase would mean a student taking out the maximum Stafford student loan of $23,000 would pay an additional $11,000 of interest over the 20 year repayment period of the loan.

Tomorrow and Friday, Braley is visiting colleges and universities across eastern Iowa to host campus forums on the state of higher education.  The open forums will focus on college affordability, mounting student loan debt, and employability after graduation.

“Iowa college graduates have the 3rd highest student debt load in the nation,” Braley said.  “Piling thousands of dollars more in debt on them puts Iowa students even further behind at graduation.


“Congress needs to act immediately to stop the July spike in student loan interest rates.  Our colleges and universities are avenues of economic opportunity.  If America is to succeed in the global economy, we need to keep higher education attainable and affordable for every person who wants to attend.”

In 2007, Congress passed the College Cost Reduction and Access Act which lowered federally subsidized Stafford student loan rates from 6.8 percent to 3.4 percent.  Because this act expires on July 1st, 2012, federally subsidized student loan interest rates will return to 6.8 percent without Congressional action.

Text of the bill Rep. Braley introduced today can be found at the following link:

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