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$150,000 Environmental Education Grant Available PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kris Lancaster   
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 11:30

(Kansas City, Kan., Sept. 22, 2011) – Through Nov. 8, EPA Region 7 will accept proposals from eligible applicant schools and entities for a $150,000 environmental education grant to develop new programs promoting environmental stewardship in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska communities.

The environmental education grant program is a competitive grant program that supports EPA’s efforts to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues.

Proposals for the grant should be mailed to Environmental Education Coordinator Denise Morrison, Office of Public Affairs, EPA Region 7, 901 North 5th Street, Kansas City, Kan., 66101. Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. (CDT) Nov. 8, 2011; those received after the due date will not be considered.

A solicitation notice announcing the grants program is available online at  Go to the website to learn how your questions about the solicitation and the application process can be answered via email or three conference calls on Sept. 22, 27 and 30. For additional information, contact Denise Morrison at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Environmental education grants provide funding to local education agencies, state education and environmental agencies; colleges and universities; not-for-profit organizations; and non-commercial broadcasting entities. Tribal education agencies controlled by an Indian tribe, band or nation, including schools and community colleges, may also apply.

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REMINDER: October 14th Deadline to Submit Military Academy Nomination Applications PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 11:25

Bruce Braley accepting applications now 

Washington, DC – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) reminded high school students today that he is accepting applications for nominations to the United States armed services academies from Iowa’s 1st District for the class entering in fall 2012.

“I am seeking highly qualified and motivated students to nominate to our nation’s service academies,” Braley said.  “Students not only get a world-class education at the academies, but they grow into our country’s next generation of leaders.  I want to send Iowa’s best to the academies, and I encourage interested young Iowans to apply.”

Interested students should contact Braley’s district office in Waterloo to request an application packet to be considered for a service academy nomination.  The application packet includes specific instructions on the accompanying forms and required documents, including an application form, an essay, high school transcript, ACT/SAT scores, and letters of recommendation.  These materials take time to compile, so interested students are strongly encouraged to start obtaining the materials needed for the packet as soon as possible.

The deadline for submitting a completed nomination packet to Braley’s office is Friday, October 14th.

Braley nominates up to 10 candidates from Iowa’s First Congressional District for each available vacancy at the four service academies: the US Military Academy, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, and the Merchant Marine Academy.  Applicants are judged on the basis of character, scholarship, physical aptitude, medical fitness, and motivation.

For further information as well as an application packet, contact the Waterloo office at (319) 287-3233.

More information can also be found at


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Deadline to Register to Win a $1,000 College Savings Iowa Account is Approaching PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Thursday, 22 September 2011 14:44

DES MOINES, IA (09/22/2011)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald wants to remind Iowans it is their last chance to celebrate College Savings Month by registering their child to win a $1,000 College Savings Iowa account. "I encourage everyone to register for the giveaway and explore the benefits of using a 529 plan, such as College Savings Iowa, to save for their loved ones future higher education expenses," stated Fitzgerald. "Don't miss out on this great opportunity to jumpstart your child's college savings." For more information and to register for the giveaway, please visit before September 30th.

September, College Savings Month, helps bring attention to the fact that saving for college is one of the most significant things families can do for the children in their lives. Studies have shown that children who have money saved for school are almost four times more likely to attend a four-year college than those with no account.* This makes saving ahead of time one of the most significant things families can do to help make college a reality for their children. By starting early, saving a little at a time and making smart investment choices, parents can make their savings work for them.

College Savings Iowa is an affordable, tax-advantaged option for families who are saving for their children's higher education. It takes just $25 to open a College Savings Iowa account, and anyone – parents, grandparents, friends and relatives – can invest on behalf of a child. Participants who are Iowa taxpayers can deduct contributions up to $2,865 per beneficiary account from their adjusted gross income in 2011 and there no income or residency restrictions.**

Investors do not need to be a state resident and can withdraw their investment federally tax-free to pay for qualified higher education expenses including tuition, books, supplies and certain room and board costs at any eligible college, university, community college or technical training school in the United States or abroad. To learn more about College Savings Iowa, go to or call 1-888-332-7545.

*From the Center for Social Development study: The Role of Savings and Wealth in Reducing "Wilt" between Expectations and College Attendance. William Elliott III and Sondra Beverly, 2010.

**Adjusted annually for inflation if withdrawals are not qualified, the deductions must be added back to Iowa taxable income. The earnings portion of nonqualified withdrawals may be subject to federal income tax and a 10% federal penalty tax, as well as state and local income taxes. The availability of tax or other benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements.


Central College Representatives at area high schools PDF Print E-mail
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Written by readMedia   
Thursday, 22 September 2011 08:13

PELLA, IA (09/21/2011)(readMedia)-- A Central College admissions representative will soon be visiting area high schools. All students are invited to visit the representative in the schools' counseling centers to learn more about Central.

Admissions counselor Jessica Steward will visit Davenport West High School at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27.

Admissions counselor Jessica Steward will visit Davenport Central High School at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27.

Admissions counselor Jessica Steward will visit Davenport North High School at noon on Tuesday, September 27.

Admissions counselor Jessica Steward will visit Bettendorf High School at 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 29.

Admissions counselor Jessica Steward will visit Pleasant Valley High School at 10:40 a.m. on Thursday, September 29.

Admissions counselor Jessica Steward will visit Davenport Assumption High School at 12:20 p.m. on Thursday, September 29.

Admissions counselor Austen Scheuler will visit North Scott High School at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, September 26.

Central College is a private, four-year, residential, liberal arts college in Pella, Iowa. Central's academic program offers 39 majors leading to a bachelor's degree along with pre-professional programs and advising. Central was recognized in the 2010 U.S.News & World Report's annual rankings of the best liberal arts colleges in the nation. Central's study abroad program was included in the programs to look for section.

More information about Central College is available at or by calling 877-462-3687.

Excelsior College Announces Recent Graduates PDF Print E-mail
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Written by readMedia   
Thursday, 22 September 2011 08:02

ALBANY, NY (09/20/2011)(readMedia)-- The following Quad Cities area students have graduated from Excelsior College:

Ramon I. De La Fuente, a resident of Bettendorf, IA, has earned a Bachelor of Science.

Amanda Maria Sansone, a resident of Davenport, IA, has earned a Bachelor of Science.

Excelsior College is an accredited, private, nonprofit institution that focuses on the needs of working adults. Its primary mission is to increase access to a college degree for adult learners by removing obstacles to their educational goals. Excelsior's unique strength is its acknowledged leadership in the assessment of student knowledge. It does so by providing working adults multiple avenues to degree completion that include its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance of credit in transfer from other colleges and universities.

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