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Illinois State Scholars

These students from Moline High School qualified as 2017 Illinois State Scholars.

Amelia Adams, Ashley Barker, Saneha Borisuth, Allie Buckwalter, Cassandra Carlson, Grafton Carlson, Avery Carroll, Kerridwyn Clark, Kier Cook, Connor Dessert, Elijah Dewilde, Katherine Douglas, Grant Estes, Nathan Fields, Anna Finch, Camryn Flippo, Lindsay Golden, Ava Gomez, Gavin Graham, Alexander Hansen, Peyton Hansen, Katherine Helms, Brian Joy, Pranjal Kadwe, Pubali Kundu, Jessika Lobb, Greta Long, Zachary Massa, Luke McMillan, Matthew McNaught, Julia Miesner, Aaron Miller, Ryan Newberg, Riya Patel, Logan Pauley, Madilyn Perez, Lucas Petre, Dana Plagenz, Isabel Potter, Karthik Prakash, Alec Quick, Rebecca Quick, Ashley Romeo, Rebecca Schaechter, Elizabeth Schimmel, Eric Spurgetis, Elisabeth Tarpey, Shawn Wherry, Nasser Zbeeb, Isabel Zimmerman.

Bright Scholars

A total of 52 Iowa high school graduates have completed their first semester of college after being selected as recipients of the Bright Scholars of Iowa Award, a distinction that includes a four-year, full-ride academic scholarship. The scholarships are funded by the Bright Foundation of Des Moines for worthy Iowa high school graduates attending Iowa State University, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Indian Hills Community College, and Southwestern Community College.

Recipients from the Quad-City area include: Max Hollis of Bettendorf (University of Iowa), Kourtney Ende-Braun of Davenport (University of Northern Iowa), Kennisha Entsminger of Davenport (University of Iowa), Timothy Frandsen of Grand Mound, Iowa, (University of Northern Iowa) and Vivian Ramirez of West Liberty, Iowa, (University of Iowa).

To be eligible for a Bright Scholars of Iowa Award, a student must be accepted by one of the universities or community colleges mentioned above. Among specific academic and financial criteria, preference is given to students whose parents have not graduated from an accredited four-year college or university. The award is renewable for up to three additional years, providing the student maintains a 2.50 cumulative GPA. As a part of the application process, the student must submit an essay describing his or her success in the face of adversity. A summary of high school and community service activities, including leadership roles, is also required.

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