Two MCC graduates receive Carver Scholarship
Marshalltown Community College graduates, Autumn Rathjen and Bryan Bennett, have an extra reason to celebrate this summer as they each take their next step in their college journey. Both students have been named a 2014 Carver Scholar, joining just a select few throughout the state of Iowa. Autumn will move on to the University of Iowa this fall, while Bryan will be taking his next step at Iowa State University. MCC now has four Carver Scholarship winners in the past three years.
Scholarships are available to full-time (12 hours or more) students who will be starting their junior year in the fall semester of the award year. While amounts may vary, average awards are $5,200 at public universities and $7,600 at the private colleges. All three Regent Schools in Iowa have Carver competitions each year.
“Marshalltown Community College has given me an array of opportunities to enhance my skills in and out of the classroom, and working in such a supportive atmosphere has been an enriching experience,” says Autumn, MCC student body president and TRiO student. “It is a privilege to continue the new tradition of MCC students becoming Roy J. Carver Scholars, and I am proud to be an example of what an MCC education can lead to, no matter what walk of life you come from. As I further my education at the University of Northern Iowa, I know that the imprint MCC made on my life won't fade.”
Autumn has been very involved with activities at MCC. She was the Student Senate President, GLBTQ Alliance Secretary, FROG (Forever Representing Our God) member, Phi Theta Kappa member, and a part of the Student Activities Council. She was also a work-study student with Tiger Tots, the on-campus day care center at MCC.
Bryan is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and TRiO student. Last summer he worked as crew leader in an internship with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in Maine. During his internship, he worked on trail construction as well as other conservation projects along the trail. Bryan plans to major in Wildlife Ecology at Iowa State University next fall.
The Carver Scholars began in 1988, and has distributed over $19 million in awards to more than 3,500 juniors and seniors. The program centers on providing substantial scholarships to students who struggle to overcome significant social and economic obstacles in the pursuit of their education or who may be living in circumstances that may not normally be taken into account by other financial aid programs.