Thirty Students Receive College Scholarship from Iowa Nonprofit

High School Seniors Earn $2,000 Each After Demonstrating Financial Know-How

April 9, 2018

High school seniors from across the state earned $2,000 for college while learning important financial literacy skills through the 2017–2018 Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship sponsored by Iowa Student Loan®.

More than 4,000 Iowa high school seniors registered for the scholarship between October 2017 and February 2018. Of those, nearly 2,000 completed two online financial literacy tools and a related assessment to qualify for one of 30 college scholarships. More than 70 students tied for a top score on the assessment. The 30 recipients were those who received the highest scores on an independently judged essay on what "responsible borrowing" meant to them.

Christine Hensley, Iowa Student Loan board chair, said that the Student Loan Game PlanSM and ROCI Reality Check tools, which participants are required to experience to qualify for the scholarship are designed to help students and families avoid the pitfalls of heavy student loan debt.

"Student loan debt must be carefully considered to be manageable later in life," said Hensley. "The components to qualify for this scholarship help our state's students understand the impact that student loan debt can have, and we're pleased that so many high school seniors are exposed to these important lessons through the scholarship process."

"The Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge allowed me to expand upon what my high school has already taught me about college spending," said Regan Sylvester, a senior at Sioux Central High School and one of the 30 recipients of this year's scholarship. "I now understand specifically my college expenses and career outlook."

Sadie Brockett, a senior at Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School and a 2017–2018 recipient, agreed. "The financial tips I learned through this process will help me throughout my college years and into my future career."

Each recipient's high school will also receive a $500 award to improve or implement financial literacy and scholarship programs.

Details are not yet finalized for the 2018–2019 Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship. Interested families should watch for information about the program at

Scholarship Recipients

The following students each earned a $2,000 scholarship. Iowa Student Loan will send scholarship funds directly to recipients' colleges.

Student NameStudent High SchoolStudent NameStudent High School
Ote AlbrechtLe MarsTimber KentClarke
Sydney AltLone TreeAshley KoosMarquette Catholic
Heather BaierSoutheast PolkCarrington KuehlIndianola
Ryan BonthiusReginaGrant MeinersCarroll
Sadie BrockettGladbrook-ReinbeckJeffrey MorischeOsage
Zachary CalvertDowling CatholicJosh PulsePleasantville
Emma CarlsonDes Moines ChristianMegan RexOelweinv
Matthew CurrentClintonElly SchuemannLinn-Mar
Jacee De VriesWest LyonRebecca SharpeNorwalk
Katelyn FinneganSt. EdmondRobyn StillmunkesBellevue
Morgan FritzLake MillsRegan SylvesterSioux Central
Maci GambellPekinShawn ThackerWest (Iowa City)
Megan GrimmPrairieLuke ThompsonOkoboji
Kayla HospodarskyAlburnettEthan TrepkaWest (Iowa City)
Alyssa JaegerSpringvilleAllison ZelleLinn-Mar

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