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Loras College Women’s Leadership Alliance establishes scholarship

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Loras College and its Women’s Leadership Alliance announce the establishment of the Women’s Leadership Alliance Scholarship. The organization began raising funds for the scholarship in May, with an anonymous donor recently offering to match new donations dollar-for-dollar up to $7,500.

“Through the generosity of the many friends of Loras, our scholarship funds have reached $25,000 in direct cash donations and pledges in just seven months,” Cayla Schneider, director of annual giving, said. “This will help make a real impact on a young woman’s life.”

Funds will be awarded annually to full-time, undergraduate female Loras students who demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to junior or senior students exemplifying both leadership and service on and off campus. Students are considered through an application process that includes a letter of recommendation from a Loras faculty or staff member, and are selected by a committee of the Loras Women’s Alliance.

The Leadership Alliance was launched in March at a networking event on campus with the goal of supporting young women who attend or want to attend Loras. The organization hopes to announce its first scholarship recipient in November.

In September, the organization sponsored a presentation by alumna Beth Mund presented “A Space Geek’s Story of Love and Adventure” to a crowd of nearly 100 students, faculty, staff and community members, with plans for a panel discussion in spring.

The Leadership Alliance is guided by a volunteer board of alumni, faculty and staff. Members, in addition to Mund, include Nancy Zachar Fett, a 1990 graduate of Loras and associate professor of social work; Jane Demmer, 1976 graduate; Deb Gustafson, 1976 graduate; Sarah Ross, 1981 graduate; Theresa Hoffman, a member of the Loras College Board of Regents, 1981 graduate; Jen Skipper, 1997 graduate; Karen Runde, 2007 graduate; Melissa Wagner, 2009 graduate; Jamie Covell, 2012 graduate; Ashley Miller, 2013 graduate; Schneider, ex officio; and Valorie Woerdehoff, 1982 graduate and ex officio.

For more information on or to support the Women’s Leadership Alliance Scholarship, contact Schneider at cayla.schneider@loras.edu or 563.588.7328. Also, like Loras College Women’s Leadership Alliance on Facebook.

Visit www.loras.edu/financial-aid for additional scholarship opportunities at Loras College.

About Loras College
Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras is ranked 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings and the 13th Best College in the Midwest, according to U.S. News Best Colleges. Visit www.loras.edu to learn more.


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