Iowa College Aid Insider - May
Governor Terry E. Branstad Iowa State Fair Scholarship Awarded
GEAR UP Iowa Launches New Website
Make the Most of the Summer Before College
Iowa STEM School+Business Innovations Conference
"Kids College" Aims to Close Skills Gap
New Student Loan Repayment Website
Foster Care Transition Toolkit Now Available
Education Empowers Blog
The Governor Terry E. Branstad Iowa State Fair Scholarship recognizes outstanding Iowa high school seniors who have actively participated in the Iowa State Fair. This year, Iowa College Aid has designated Kethryn Eyheralde and Kaitlyn Boyer to receive a $2,000 scholarship during the 2016-17 academic year. Kethryn is from Centerville, IA and will graduate from Moravia High School, and Kaitlyn is from Weldon, IA and will graduate from Clarke Community High School. Both recipients plan to attend Iowa State University in the fall of 2016.
In order to apply for the scholarship, students are required to provide lists of volunteer, community service and extracurricular activities as well as their Iowa State Fair involvement. In addition, applicants must write essays on how the Iowa State Fair has affected their life.
GEAR UP Iowa has launched a newly redesigned, consumer-focused website. The one-stop-shop includes resources, testimonials and FAQs for students, families, schools and partners involved with GEAR UP Iowa, featuring those aimed at helping students and families prepare for post-secondary education and financing.
Highlights of the new website:
- More attractive design
- More accessible for students and families with specific content areas targeted toward both populations
- Specialized area dedicated to resources for staff at GUI schools
- Interactive components
Check it out at www.gearupiowa.gov!
As graduation quickly approaches or has come and gone, students should take some time to consider summer plans. While it is important to enjoy the warm weather and well-deserved free time, it is also essential to prepare for the next big step in life.
The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council is hosting a free Iowa STEM School+Business Innovation Conference on June 29 for business and school leaders interested in building or expanding partnerships. The conference will highlight best practices from across the state including the acclaimed STEM BEST® (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) and STEM RLE (Redesigned Learning Environment) models, as well as APEX in Waukee. Attendees will leave the conference equipped with the knowledge, connections and resources to build school+business partnerships in their communities. Additionally, there will be a special announcement about an opportunity to join the growing community of STEM BEST partners across Iowa. Learn more and register at http://www.iowastem.gov/school-business-conference by June 13th.
Kids College, a new summer program for students in grades 6th through 9th, aims to get middle school students excited about STEM. The program is offered at several DMACC locations with the goal of helping to close the “skills gap” and ultimately helping the students find jobs later in life. Learn more and register online at https://www.dmacc.edu/kidscollege/Pages/welcome.aspx.
The White House has launched StudentLoans.gov/Repay, a new website that helps borrowers choose the best repayment option for them in five steps or less. The website is just one of the new actions to help the more than 40 million Americans with student loan debt understand their options.
Inspire and support former foster care youth pursuing college and career opportunities with the Foster Care Transition Toolkit. Released by the U.S. Department of Education, the toolkit includes tips and resources to help foster youth as they transition into adulthood.
Education Empowers, the official blog of Iowa College Aid, provides practical, informative and engaging tips and insight related to financial aid and college planning.