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Doug Gruenewald Peer Mentor Scholarship

We are pleased to announce the spring 2017 recipients of the Doug Gruenewald Peer Mentor Scholarship.
This needs-based scholarship is for undergraduate students who have been hired to work as Learning Community Peer Mentors during the term of the award.
Four scholarships, each valued in the amount of $500, were granted to the following individuals:

Morgan Bowman, peer mentor for the Kinesiology First-Year Learning Community
Erin Elsbernd, peer mentor for the Software Engineering Learning Community
Tatum Gilman, peer mentor for the Psychology Learning Community
David Mena, peer mentor for the Connect Four Learning Community

Congratulations to our spring 2017 recipients!

About the scholarship

This scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Doug Gruenewald, the former director of the Learning Communities program who served from 1995 - 2016. Dr. Gruenewald's commitment to enhancing student success was evidenced by his dedication to the development and continued growth of Learning Communities during his 21-year tenure with the program. Doug was an advocate for leadership development among undergraduate students. This scholarship provides additional financial support for student leaders dedicated to helping other students to persist and succeed academically at Iowa State University.

To apply for this scholarship

Financially-eligible Learning Community peer mentors must submit a completed scholarship application form, along with a recommendation form to be completed by the learning community coordinator, by the specified due date provided each year. Scholarship application information wil be sent to eligible peer mentors directly.

Selection process

Scholarship packets are reviewed by an independent panel and awardees are announced in early fall.

To donate to this scholarship

Donations for this scholarship can be made through this ISU Foundation weblink.
If you are an Iowa State employee, please note that it is possible to set up an automatic deduction for your donation.
If interested in this option, please download this faculty/staff form to donate.


If you have questions concerning the scholarship process, please call or email Jen Leptien,