IOWA CITY, IOWA (May 15, 2019) -- Eight students were recognized with scholarships to honor their work and commitment to women's issues, diversity, and social activism at the University of Iowa's annual Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women.

The honorees included:

Charlotte Gude, from Burnsville, Minnesota, an undergraduate in political science and social justice, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), received the Adele Kimm Scholarship.

Michelle Colpean, from Fort Wayne, Indiana, a PhD candidate in communication studies (rhetoric and public advocacy) and a graduate certificate in gender, women's, and sexuality studies in CLAS, received the Jane A Weiss Memorial Dissertation Scholarship.

Kristen D Young, from Chicago, an undergraduate student in the School of Social Workin CLAS, received the Wynonna G Hubbard Scholarship.

Zayetzy Luna Garcia, from Iowa City, Iowa, an undergraduate in business analyticsand international businessin the Henry B Tippie College of Business, received the Margaret P Benson Memorial Scholarship.

Mayra Lopez, from Storm Lake, Iowa, a graduate student in the School of Social Work in CLAS, received the Margaret P Benson Memorial Scholarship.

Caroline Cheung, from Rochester, New York, a PhD candidate in Englishand a graduate certificate in gender, women's, and sexuality studies in CLAS, received the Adah Johnson/Otilia Maria Fernandez Scholarship.

Fatima Abby Tall, from Caldwell, Idaho, an undergraduate in gender, women's, and sexuality studies and English/creative writingin CLAS, received the Kristin K. Lippke Memorial Scholarship.

Lindsey Jarrat, from Strongsville, Ohio, a PhD candidate in education policy and leadership studies in the College of Education, received the Stephen Lynn Smith Memorial Scholarship for Social Justice.

Logina Mostafa, from Bettendorf, Iowa, an undergraduate in gender, women's, and sexuality studies and global health studies in CLAS, also received the Stephen Lynn Smith Memorial Scholarship for Social Justice.

The Susan C Buckley Distinguished Achievement Award for Staff and May Brodbeck Distinguished Achievement Award for Faculty were awarded to two exceptional women at the University of Iowa's annual Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women in April.

Meenakshi Gigi Durham, professor of journalism and mass communication; collegiate scholar; associate dean and director of diversity, equity, and inclusion for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, received the May Brodbeck Distinguished Achievement Award for Faculty.

Tricia Kroll, a licensed master social worker (LMSW) and the Ryan White Program Manager for the Division of Infectious Diseases in Internal Medicine within UI Health Care, received the Susan C Buckley Distinguished Achievement Award for Staff.

The celebration also honored Susan Junis, an LMSW, assistant director of prevention and outreach for the Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP), with the Jean Y Jew Award.

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