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Iowa Students to Receive $1,000 for College Via Scholarship

December 20, 2023

Forty-five Iowa high school and college students will each be receiving $1,000 for college as part of the ISL Education Lending Scholarship.

The winners were chosen from among more than 12,000 registrations from parents, high school students and college students during the fall registration period. While registering, the parents and students were able to view and interact with relevant financial literacy tips to learn more about paying for college.

"Programs like the ISL Education Lending Scholarship allow us to help Iowa students directly with college costs," said Steve McCullough, president and CEO, Iowa Student Loan Liquidity Corporation, which sponsors the scholarship and provides education lending under the name ISL Education Lending. "But, more importantly, the knowledge gained through the financial literacy tips and other resources helps families understand how they can reduce the need to take on student loan debt to pay for their college educations."

The winners will receive the $1,000 as a deposit into a College Savings Iowa 529 account for the eligible student. Eligible students for the scholarship were Iowa ninth- through 12th-graders and undergraduate college students who are Iowa residents. Parents were also eligible to sign up for those students, giving families an extra chance to win.

The financial information provided with the scholarship is always available to the public at In addition, families can visit the website for additional resources and to sign up for other services, like the parent email service Student Planning Pointers for Parents.

Iowa parents, high school students and college students will have another chance to register and win in 2024 beginning on Jan. 8. Full rules and details for the ISL Education Lending Scholarship are available at

List of Winners


  • David Maiers, North Liberty
  • Kelly Kuennen, West Union
  • Baiju Thattankandy, Waukee
  • Emily Anderson, Des Moines
  • Jennifer Larson, Norwalk
  • Robert Bares, Johnston
  • Tim Honkomp, Primghar
  • Kari Wiese, Davenport
  • Jessica Winkler, Monona
  • Erin Lenz, Carroll
  • Alyse Anliker, Urbandale
  • Tara Narkon, Le Mars
  • Amanda Ricklefs, Bode
  • Charles Plathe, Amana
  • Donald Wiita, Mallard
  • Jason Heitland, Garner
  • Danielle Phippen, Vinton
  • Randy Hanten, Clive
  • Carrie Driscoll, Otho
  • Michelle Kurtz, Urbandale
  • Nichole Craig, Cedar Falls

High School Students

  • Aubriana Sadler, North Liberty
  • Devon Meyer, Monona
  • Tripp Barclay, Bettendorf
  • Owen Boyle, Correctionville
  • Hayden DeWitt, Ankeny
  • Griffin Adcock, Johnston
  • Natalie Gahan, Iowa City
  • Jackson Byrnes, Cresco
  • Brady Thoma, Iowa City
  • Brooklyn Davies, Bellevue
  • Ashlyn Russell, Clive
  • Diana Tivanskaya, Iowa City

College Students

  • Bayley Tucker, Sloan
  • Parker Johnson, Grinnell
  • Jenna Woodward, Mechanicsville
  • Alex Fawcett, Burlington
  • Ainsley Dodd, Osage
  • Nash Perisho, Marshalltown
  • Jerra Christensen, Ankeny

Alternate winners are being chosen for ineligible participants and will be announced February 2024.

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Christopher Weishaar, Digital PR Specialist, (515) 273-7102,