Grinnell-Specific Awards

The Center for Careers, Life, and Service administers a portion of the internal scholarships and fellowships on campus. Since some internal scholarships are administered by other offices and departments, please contact Steve Gump if you are looking for a specific opportunity and do not see it below. He is also happy to answer questions about any of the scholarships and prizes detailed below. Students with general financial aid needs should contact the Financial Aid Office. International students should consult the list of scholarships for international students.

Frederick Baumann Essay Prize

Application deadline: Monday, February 16, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.

The Frederick Baumann Prize recognizes excellence in education by encouraging Grinnell college students to explore ideas and society in an interdisciplinary and historical context. Established in 1993 and funded by David '51 and Audrey Lowe '52 Hammer, the prize distinguishes the dynamic classroom contributions of Frederick Baumann, professor of history at Grinnell from 1927 to 1954. The prize is awarded each spring to the student who writes the best essay—taking an interdisciplinary and historical approach—on the general topic of "Ideas and Society."

Frederick Baumann

Frederick Baumann joined the Grinnell faculty in 1927. He retired in 1954 but continued to teach one course each year until 1966. Born and raised in Elgin, Ill., Baumann received a Ph.D. in English and a M.A. in history from the University of Chicago, as well as a Ph.D. in history from Cornell University. He studied under noted historians at Chicago and Cornell: James Westfall Thompson, Preserved Smith, and Carl Becker. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the American Historical Society, the Iowa Historical Society, and the Far Eastern History Association. In May 1917, Baumann enlisted in a Red Cross ambulance unit. He served in Italy and in 1919 was awarded the Italian Cross of Merit. After the war, he taught at the New Mexico Military Institute and Carleton College before joining the faculty at Grinnell. He died June 30, 1967, of a heart attack.

The Award

It is appropriate that a $2,500 prize offered in Baumann's memory emphasizes the history of ideas. Baumann was particularly interested in the relationship of ideas to society. As a historian, he believed that every movement of ideas, every intellectual discipline, was rooted in changing social realities. His famous course, "History D10, Evolution of the European Mind and Society," which he taught until 1960, dealt with the social and historical basis of religious, political, and scientific ideas. Baumann's intellectual interest in the Renaissance—especially in the Utopian ideas of Sir Thomas More—reflected his concern with the changing role of religion in post-medieval European society. Baumann taught an interdisciplinary course, "Historical Studies," until 1966. His attention to the American historian Charles Beard—whose famous book about the economic interpretation of the constitution revolutionized American historical thinking—reflected his own belief that economic realities underlay most political ideas. Vivid speech and strong metaphors were Baumann's forte. One of his former students, Mike Alft '49, created a list of "Baumannisms"—Baumann's observations about many things. A few of his more notable epigrams are:

  • "I say what I think, and I say it emphatically."
  • "When you use a tool, remember the tool shapes you as much as the object upon which the tool is employed."
  • "Knowledge isn't appreciated until it is labored over. Read the book!"
  • "History is life, human life. You are nothing except as history has entered into you. Life is not rational or logical, but historical."
  • "Political institutions are nothing when confronted with economic realities."
  • "Seniors, hail and farewell. The world which you are about to enter is hard, crass, selfish, and brutal, and most of you aren't prepared for it."

Although humor embellished his classes, Baumann challenged students and pressed them to do their best. He maintained a lasting concern for honesty, integrity of spirit, and vigorous intellectual discipline. Baumann was determined to teach students to think, more than once observing that most people thought they were thinking when they were merely conscious. A strong individualist, Baumann believed it was important to shake his students into examining things apart from an inherited perspective.

Application and Selection Criteria

Students from any department and any class may compete for the $2,500 prize which is awarded to the student who writes the best essay on the general topic of "Ideas and Society," taking an interdisciplinary and historical approach. The prize is awarded each spring if, in the opinion of the judges, there is an entry of prize-winning caliber. For the purposes of this contest, an essay may be defined as a prose discourse on a well-defined subject that presents in a stimulating, entertaining, as well as informative way the personal view of the author.  Essays can be based on course work or independent study but should not be work previously submitted in connection with a course. Essays should be 15 to 20 double-spaced pages.  All applicants are encouraged to take their essays to the Writing Lab for assistance.

Students who wish to enter an essay in this competition should submit the following to the Center for Careers, Life, and Service, 1127 Park St., by the application deadline noted above:

An interdisciplinary committee of three faculty members will judge the essays.

Past Baumann Essay Prize Winners

Examples of past winning essays are available online.

  • 2012-13: Micah Nelson '14: "The Social Appropriation of Legacy : A Symptom of Elite Control in American Society"
  • 2011-12: Laura Stamm '12: "'Personal Problems are Political Problems': The Gendered History of Disordered Eating"
  • 2010-11: Erica Seltzer-Schultz '12 and Michael Goldfein '12: "Zionism, Liberalism, and Young American Jews: How Redefining the American Zionist Could Help Bring Peace to the Middle East"
  • 2009-10: Joseph Maloney '12, "Managing the Faithful: The Internal Labor Market of the Roman Catholic Church."
  • 2008-09: Katherine Lee '09, "Transcendence and Myth in Science and Religion."
  • 2007-08: Nathan Redman '09, "Assaying Our Western Inheritance: Enlightenment Ideals and the Case of Haiti."
  • 2006-07: Alexandra Kieffer '08, "Music and Metaphor: Legacies of Representation in Abstract Instrumental Music"
  • 2005-06: Desire Takawira '06, "Speaking Without Fear: How DId Zimbabwe Come to This?"
  • 2004-05: Uday Chandra '06, "On Ethics and Economics"
  • 2003-04: Elizabeth Allan '04, "The Monumental Shift: Poetry, Politics, and the New Aesthetic Order in American Memorial"
  • 2002-03: Rachael A. Copland '05, "On the Necessity of the First Amendment: The Possibility of Progress in Society Today"
  • 2001-02: Joseph C. Hansen '05, "The 'Unwieldy and Overgrown Establishment': The Lack of Aristotelian Moderation in 21st Century America"
  • 2000-01: Melissa Yates '01, "Between Poetry and Positivism: Alexis de Tocqueville's 'Social Science.'"
  • 1998-99: Michal Dziegieliwski '99, "The Rwandan Genocide: Historical Narratives and Ethnic Violence"
  • 1996-97: Thomas Taylor '98, "Memetics: A New Model of the Evolution of Ideas"
  • 1993-94: Jill Cetina '94, "Public Discourse and Social Tolerance: New Ideas for Russian Society"

Ethical Guidelines

All applicants are expected to adhere to these ethical guidelines.

 

Sarah Boyer '08 Community Service Fellowship

Application deadline: Monday, April 6, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.

The Sarah Boyer '08 Community Service Fellowship is given to one or more currently-enrolled students each year in order to fund a community service project in the community of Grinnell. The fellowship is designed to allow one or more students to carry out a project to serve the common good. There are no restrictions on the class year of applicants, and the purpose of the fellowship is defined broadly so as to encourage student creativity about how they can best use their particular skills, talents, and interests to serve their community. In 2014-15, the fellowship amount will be $3,300; fellowship recipients may be able to pay to live in college housing, but it is considered a taxable benefit if taken. Fellows will submit either a final narrative or presentation after their summer, reflecting on what worked well; the impact that this summer had on them and their community; and what they learned, along with a final financial accounting of how the funds were spent.

About Sarah Boyer '08

"Grinnell for me was more than an outstanding liberal arts experience where I made friends with people my age from all over the world, read books, discussed theories, and made arguments it was also an opportunity to build myself a home in small town Iowa. Here, where Midwestern friendliness is the reality, my tendency to conversation led me to all kinds of characters: Homer, a 97 year old retired United Church of Christ minister, Doris who lives next door to the Phoenix, Lucille who used to do all the cosmetic work for the local funeral home, Dewy and Jo who moved here about five years ago, or Betty who spent much of her life teaching and working on the west coast and has now moved back to the home in which she was raised. When returning to Grinnell as an alumna, I not only find a host of college friends but also a community in the larger fabric of this unique Iowa town."

Application Process

Students interested in applying for the Sarah Boyer ’08 Community Service Fellowship should submit the following to the Center for Careers, Life, and Service, 1127 Park St., by the application deadline noted above:

  • A completed Scholarship Nomination Permission Form and Waiver.
  • A 3-4 page essay, double-spaced and printed single-sided, describing the project itself, whether or not there is already a perceived need in the community for what you will be doing and who perceives this need, a list of community members/organizations with whom you have consulted and how they have shaped your project idea, whether or not you will partner with any of these people/organizations for your project, desired outcomes, why you wish to undertake the project, and what this project means to you.  At the top of the first page, please list the names, class years, and email addresses for all project applicants. One of these applicants should be designated as the "Principal Applicant;" further correspondence about the project will be with this person.
  • A one-page proposed budget for using the fellowship funds. Students may pay for their living expenses (rent, food, etc.) from the project budget.
  • If your project requires you to partner with a local organization, please provide a letter from that organization stating their support for your project. Applicants are strongly encouraged to work early with organizations, since many organizations may need board approval (and some boards may only meet once a month).
  • One letter of recommendation, which can but does not have to come from a Grinnell College faculty or staff member. If multiple students are involved in the project, please have the letter written about the "Principal Applicant," named above.

Please ensure that all application materials conform with these submission guidelines. Priority will be given to projects that help establish connections, promote community, and begin conversations in the community of Grinnell; to those applicants for whom this project is their primary engagement; and to those projects that keep their applicants in Grinnell for a majority of the summer. The selection committee will interview finalists for the Sarah Boyer '08 Community Service Fellowship in mid- to late-April, and will name awardees soon thereafter.

Ethical Guidelines

All applicants are expected to adhere to these ethical guidelines.

Fischlowitz Travel Fellowship

Application deadline: Monday, February 9, 2015, at 5:00 pm

Visit the Fischlowitz Travel Fellowship page for details.

Fletcher Scholarship

Application deadline: None (by nomination only)

This scholarship recognizes academic achievement and the breadth of a student’s education in the Social Studies Division. The Harold A. Fletcher Jr. Scholarship was established through gifts to the College from students, friends, colleagues, and family of the late Harold Fletcher, Professor of Political Science at Grinnell from 1957 to 1968. Professor Fletcher was an outstanding teacher and scholar in political science who believed strongly in the liberal arts tradition in undergraduate education. He was a most vital person whose professional and personal interests and accomplishments reflected that commitment.

Selection Criteria

The Fletcher Scholarship is awarded annually to one or more senior social studies majors with demonstrated financial aid need, with at least $1,500 in loans in the senior year, with GPAs of at least 3.5, and who have both breadth and depth of study in the social science division. The scholarship may vary in amount but will not exceed each recipient’s senior-year loans.

Application Process

Students do not apply for the Fletcher Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually by a committee consisting of the Social Studies division chair and the Director of Global Fellowships and Awards. Students do not know that they are under consideration for the award until the scholarship winners are announced.

Obermiller Scholarship

Application deadline: Monday, March 9, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.

This award, donated by a Grinnell alumnus to honor Ray Obermiller (1928–2013), is given to one, two, or three first-year students with financial need who, in the opinion of the selection committee, have demonstrated excellence and integrity in academic work and extracurricular activities at Grinnell. The award, typically $1,500 to $2,000 per recipient, is to be used in the second year and is awarded for one year only. In 2014–15, $5,600 will be awarded to members of the Class of 2018. Awards will be applied to the 2015–16 academic year.

Selection Criteria

The committee bases its selection on the following criteria:

  • academic ability;
  • financial need; and
  • promise of future contributions to campus community.

All other factors being equal, a slight advantage is given to students who have participated in intercollegiate athletics.

Application Process

In mid-February, a select group of first-year students will be invited to submit application forms. Students are invited to apply based on GPA and financial need. Applications will consist of the following elements:

  • A completed Obermiller Student Information Form. On this form, please be sure to note the amount of time (per week or per semester) that you spent on each activity. Please note that the committee does not expect any applicant to have an answer for all sections; all of these sections are listed so that the committee has the best sense as to how you have elected to spend your time at Grinnell so far. Please answer these questions on this form; do not reproduce it or submit your answers on a separate piece of paper.
  • An unofficial copy of your transcript, obtained from the Registrar’s office. Please do not just print off a copy of your academic record from PioneerWeb.
  • A completed Scholarship Nomination Permission Form and Waiver.

Please follow the scholarship application submission guidelines for the Center for Careers, Life, and Service. Especially note that applications should not be stapled and should be printed only on one side of the page. These materials should be submitted to the Center for Careers, Life, and Service, 1127 Park St., by the campus deadline noted above.

Ethical Guidelines

All applicants are expected to adhere to these ethical guidelines.

Ray Obermiller, 1928-2013

Though Ray Obermiller officially hung up his coaching whistle 18 years ago, his lifelong gift for using athletics to inspire others is evident on the walls of Mayflower Retirement Community in Grinnell, Iowa, where he resided in his later years.

A poster-sized photo hangs outside the Mayflower’s workout room that shows “Obe” (as he was widely known) leading a class of fellow seniors in strength exercises. For many years, the caption underneath this photo read: “Hey Coach, are we having ‘fun’ yet?”

After Ray’s death on July 13, 2013, at the age of 84, his friend and fellow Mayflower resident Warren Reinecke changed the caption. Now it simply states: “Ray Obermiller 1928-2013 — Coach, Counselor, and Caregiver.”

Obe’s three-decade career as Grinnell College’s swimming coach produced 20 conference championships, 18 All-American swimmers and two NCAA Division III national diving champions. Promoting exercise at the Mayflower was one of many endeavors Ray pursued after retiring from Grinnell in 1995 as Professor Emeritus of Physical Education. He also continued for many years as an assistant coach for the men and women divers and remained active in Grinnell’s town and campus communities.

Obe — who also coached men’s and women’s cross country and men’s track at Grinnell — was inducted into the inaugural class of the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. He reached even more students as Grinnell’s first director of academic advising, a position he held for 25 years.

George Drake, Grinnell College President and Professor Emeritus, said: “People are well aware of Ray’s iconic status as the most successful coach in the history of Grinnell College’s exceptional swimming and diving program. However, because it is not in the public eye, but no less important, his outstanding contribution in creating and building his position as Grinnell’s first academic advising director is less well known. Literally thousands of Grinnell’s students have derived huge benefits from what Ray first created and then carried out with wisdom and sensitivity.”

The role of caregiver became primary in Ray’s life in 2003 when his beloved wife, Rachel Ann (Staley) was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, prompting the couple’s move to an independent living unit at Mayflower community where he attended to her needs with help from devoted caregivers who became like family.

Everyone who knew them was inspired by Ray and Rachel’s love and devotion to one another. Former swimmer J.J. (“Jim”) Williams dedicated his 2007 book Obe: The Early Years to the couple: “They are a wonderful example of love and commitment.” Rachel passed away on June 24, 2012.

Though Ray would say his life really started when he met Rachel (whom he wed on June 10, 1950), he did experience some notable events prior to their six-decade marriage. Born on Aug. 5, 1928, to Henry and Alma (Gladhill) of Clinton, Iowa, he was their tenth and final child. Two of his six brothers died in infancy. The other four — Carl, Delbert, Edward and Robert — preceded Ray in death, as did his sisters, Elsie and Jane. His sister, Annabelle, survives, as do Ray and Rachel’s children — Gretchen (Given), Max, Beth and Tim — three grandsons and two granddaughters.

Although Ray’s large family struggled to survive the Depression on his father’s factory wages, he enjoyed many adventures growing up along the Mississippi River. And it was at a Clinton pool where he did his first dive — a belly flop off the high board — at age 7. Ray’s success as a swimmer and diver in high school won him a full scholarship at Iowa State University, where he competed all four years and captured second in diving as a senior in the Big Seven Conference championship.

During Ray’s college years, he met Rachel in her hometown of Denison, where she worked as cashier at a pool he managed during summers. After their marriage, Rachel taught school in Ames while Ray finished his college education. A year later, Ray was forced into a painful separation from his Rachel, who was pregnant with their first child, when he was drafted into the Army. Stationed in Germany, he swam and dove for an Army team that defeated the German national team. At the European Army championship, he not only coached the team but won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving. He later coached and competed for the Army team in Cairo, where he was also invited to meet Egyptian President Nasser.

Reunited with Rachel and Gretchen (and soon joined by their first son, Max), Ray began an 11-year stint as a coach and counselor at Central High School in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1955. Squads under his leadership won 13 state championships in cross country and mile-team races. In swimming, Obe’s teams compiled an 86-13 dual meet record and produced six All-American swimmers. During this time, he also earned a master’s degree from the University of South Dakota. In 1995, Ray was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame at the annual Sioux City Relays.

In 1966 Ray learned of the job opening at Grinnell College — and about the college’s tuition exchange program offered to children of staff. He made the difficult decision to apply, knowing how hard it would be to send his kids through college on his $8,000 high school salary. Early on, the going was tough: Only one cross county runner and five swimmers showed up for his first practices. Establishing a swimming program in the college’s dilapidated, three-lane pool was also a challenge. (Grinnell is now home to one of the finest small-college swimming facilities in the country.)

As documented by J. J. Williams in his book, Obe quickly turned both programs around, winning the conference swimming title just four years after arriving at Grinnell. He “talked to anyone with the slightest running or swimming talent,” Williams wrote. “He even stopped one student running across campus to get to class, and asked him to join the cross country team.”

Williams noted the qualities that made Ray a great match for Grinnell-style athletics. “One of Obe’s basic rules was: ‘Nobody will be cut from the team.’ He felt that each student-athlete deserved the experience. … This high value placed on participation is still the beauty and strength of all Grinnell athletics. All-American swimmers work out next to beginning competitors. It is often hard to determine who derives more value from this attitude — the stars or the beginners.”

In fact, many beginners became stars under Obe’s patient tutelage. Although a fierce competitor, he always placed competition within the context of sportsmanship and sublimation of ego in pursuit of common team goals. He also respected the challenge his athletes faced as students navigating Grinnell’s rigorous curriculum. In Williams’ book, many former athletes recalled Obe ordering them to skip a practice to order to fully prepare for an important exam.

Grinnell College alumnus and swimmer Jim Carns noted Obe’s “concern for the students, his insistence that academics take priority over sports, and his readiness to help” all added up to make him “a great human being as well as an outstanding coach. … Ray set a tone for sports that I wish was set by every coach. He pushed you to excel, but not to be obsessive. He built championship teams without sacrificing warmth and courtesy.” Obe was also known for his ability diffuse athletes’ tensions with a witty quip that put things in perspective.

After his death, dozens of former students and athletes — young and old — sent condolences to Ray’s family. Many spoke of what an honor and privilege it was to have been coached by Obe. But from Ray’s perspective, the honor was his.

“I want to thank all of the athletes I’ve coached over the years,” Obe wrote in an epilogue to Williams’ book. “I could not imagine that I would be so happy with my career choice. After over 55 years of coaching, I still get so much enjoyment from working with young people. I have never regretted a single day I spent in teaching and coaching: It was wonderful to do something I loved doing and still get paid for it.”

In tribute to his lifelong dedication to students and learning, the Professor Raymond Obermiller Scholarship was established in 1986.

 

President's Medal

Application deadline: None (by nomination only)

The President's Medal is awarded annually during Commencement to the senior who exemplifies the ideal Grinnell student. To be considered for the award, a student must:

  • Reach and maintain superior scholarship while a Grinnell student
  • Demonstrate leadership in activities that credit the student and add to the College's stature
  • Display the moral and human attributes of a compassionate and sensitive human being
  • Conduct matters with poise and maturity
  • Be fair and willing to accept responsibility
  • Think before acting and understand before judging

The President's Medal was redesigned in 1993 by Sheena Brown Thomas '71, a designer/goldsmith with Elements Ltd. in Des Moines, Iowa. The previous medal was designed by the late Louis Glenn Zirkle, professor of art.

Thomas also designed the first Archibald Prize Medal (given for highest GPA in the senior class, and also awarded during Commencement), which is compatible in design with the President's Medal. Both medals are adaptations of the President's Medallion, which is work by the president of the college as an emblem of office at all Grinnell academic ceremonials and when the president officially represents the College at academic occasions elsewhere.

Cast and fabricated from silver, both medals are formed in a soft triangular shape and include the Grinnell College seal.

The seal uses a modified oval design enclosing four laurel leaves and the founding date: 1846. Raised letters surrounding the laurel leaves proclaim, "Collegium Iowense Grinnelli" and "Veritas et Humanitas"—Latin for "Truth and Humility." The honoree's name is engraved on the back.

The President's Medalist is determined annually by the college president, based on the recommendation of a committee comprised of faculty and staff.

Past President's Medalists

  • 2014 Remy Ferber
  • 2013 Noah Most
  • 2012 Eric Ritter
  • 2011 Ragnar Thorisson
  • 2010 Hart D. Ford
  • 2009 Brian Perbix
  • 2008 Olajumoke "Jumy" Adekeye
  • 2007 Megan K. Straughan
  • 2006 Eli Zigas
  • 2005 Anik Gevers
  • 2004 Randy Martinson
  • 2003 Lise-Marie Monroe
  • 2002 Kendra Young
  • 2001 Nicole Nelson
  • 2000 Ilana Golin
  • 1999 Brandie J. Christie
  • 1998 Erin Childress
  • 1997 Alice Gates
  • 1996 Jeffrey Lake
  • 1995 Scott Newstrom
  • 1994 Guen Gifford
  • 1993 Katrina Knight
  • 1992 Annamma M. Alexander
  • 1991 Marjorie Hrbek
  • 1990 Jon G. "Jake" Kosek
  • 1989 Katherine E. Furnish
  • 1988 Elisabeth Shelley Reid
  • 1987 Meghan E. Hays
  • 1986 Robert R. Rollins
  • 1985 Ian A. McLean
  • 1984 Sandra L. Laursen
  • 1983 Jennifer M. Jones
  • 1982 Eric E. Johnson
  • 1981 Lori A. Llewelyn
  • 1980 Nathaniel S. Borenstein
  • 1979 Brent C. Williams
  • 1978 Susan E. Duffey
  • 1977 Robert D. Sheeler
  • 1976 John A. Haigh
  • 1975 Frances Cutler
  • 1974 Deborah M. Van Horn
  • 1973 Carolyn Ashbaugh
  • 1972 Gregory L. Vranicar
  • 1971 Richard A. Deyo
  • 1970 Carol L. Martinson
  • 1969 Grant F. Crandall
  • 1968 Ronald M. Cogswell
  • 1967 Anne Sprague
Lori Ann Schwab ’95 Prize for Community Service

Nomination deadline: Monday, February 2, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.

Application deadline: Monday, February 16, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.

The Lori Ann Schwab ’95 Prize for Community Service is a $1,500 award given annually by Grinnell College to one senior to recognize that student’s service to the campus and local community during his or her time in Grinnell. Although there are no restrictions on the use of the award, the recipient will be strongly encouraged to donate at least $500 to an organization that he or she volunteered with in Grinnell. The recipient is announced during the commencement weekend Baccalaureate program, and the recipient’s name is added to a plaque on permanent display at the Center for Careers, Life, and Service.

The Lori Ann Schwab Memorial Fund recognizes the spirit and memory of Lori Ann Schwab ’95 and her commitment to making the world a better place by helping others Lori died from a tragic illness during a study-abroad program in London. Lori, whose home was in Berkeley, California, was an art major and was especially active at the preschool and in women’s advocacy.

Eligibility

All graduating seniors are eligible for consideration for the Lori Ann Schwab ’95 Prize for Community Service. Seniors and other members of the college community will be invited to nominate individuals for the prize in late January 2015. Self-nominations are also allowed. To nominate a current senior for this prize, e-mail Steve Gump by the nomination deadline noted above.

Selection Process

Nominees will be notified by e-mail of their nomination shortly after the nomination deadline. Students who are not nominated will not be allowed to apply. Complete applications, which will consist of the following elements, are due at the Center for Careers, Life, and Service, 1127 Park St., by the application deadline noted above:

  • A completed Schwab Senior Prize for Community Service Application Form.
  • A list of volunteer activities, leadership positions, or other relevant experiences either at Grinnell or elsewhere during the last four years. Please provide details on the extent and length of these experiences.
  • A short statement (1–3 pages) reflecting on your community service experiences over the last four years. This statement can describe what you’ve accomplished, what your service has meant to you, the lessons you’ve taken from your service, and/or how this service has impacted your goals and future plans.
  • A completed Scholarship Nomination Permission Form and Waiver. Because this form requires a signature, if you are off campus you may fax or mail this form separately from your other application materials.

Please ensure that all application materials conform with scholarship application submission guidelines. Applications may be submitted in person at the Center for Careers, Life, and Service (1127 Park St.), by e-mail to Steve Gump, or by fax at (641) 269-4508.

The Lori Ann Schwab ’95 Prize for Community Service Committee is composed of members of the college community who have ties to community service work or who knew and worked with Lori Ann Schwab ’95. The committee will meet before spring break to review applications and select a recipient (with the recipient being notified soon thereafter).

Ethical Guidelines

All applicants are expected to adhere to these ethical guidelines.

Elsie Stouffer '24 Scholarship

Application deadline: Monday, February 9, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.

The Elsie Stouffer '24 Scholarship provides funding for graduate study leading to a career in public service in Latin America. For the purposes of this scholarship, "public service" is interpreted broadly, and includes work in the non-profit, government, education, health, and other sectors. This year, there is approximately $18,000 to be awarded for graduate study; this graduate study does not need to be undertaken immediately following graduation.

Conditions of Eligibility

In order to apply for the Elsie Stouffer '24 Scholarship, you must meet the following conditions of eligibility:

  • A member of the current fourth-year class.
  • A woman.
  • Fluent in French or Spanish.
  • Commited to a career in public service in Latin America.

Application Process

Applicants must submit the following elements to the Center for Careers, Life, and Service, 1127 Park St., by the application deadline noted above:

  • An unofficial transcript, obtained from the Registrar's Office.
  • A one-page resume.
  • A three-page essay describing their interest in Latin America, their preparation for their chosen career, graduate study plans, and career goals.
  • A Scholarship Nomination Permission Form and Waiver.

Please ensure that all application materials conform with these submission guidelines. In addition, applicants must arrange to have two letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf, at least one of which must be from a Grinnell College faculty member. Letters should address the applicant's academic ability and potential contributions to public service in Latin America. There is no application form.

Ethical Guidelines

All applicants are expected to adhere to these ethical guidelines.

Joseph F. Wall ’41 Scholarship

Application deadline: Monday, March 30, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. (by nomination only)

The Joseph F. Wall ’41 Scholarship was established in 1983 by the Class of 1958 in honor of Joseph F. Wall ’41, a graduate of Grinnell, Professor Emeritus of History, Dean of the College, and the first director of the College’s Rosenfield Public Affairs Program. The scholarship is restricted to second-semester third-year students who have established outstanding academic records and made a significant contribution to the college community. The amount of the award is dependent upon individual students’ financial needs. In a typical year, around five students are selected for this honor, with scholarship amounts ranging from $500 to several thousand dollars. In 2014–15, the committee will allocate approximately $17,500 to Wall Scholarship recipients.

Application Process

Third-year students with a GPA above a certain threshold are automatically considered to be nominees. Other members of the third-year class may be nominated by Grinnell College faculty members. Students who are not nominated may not apply. All nominees will be informed of their eligibility for the scholarship in early March. Applications are due from nominees in the Center for Careers, Life, and Service (1127 Park St.) by the campus deadline noted above. Nominees who are abroad may submit their application materials via e-mail or fax (contact Steve Gump with questions on how to do so). Completed applications will consist of the following:

Please ensure that all application materials conform with these submission guidelines. Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee. Scholars are selected on the basis of merit, but scholarship amounts are based on financial need. All nominees will be informed of their status in late April or early May.

Ethical Guidelines

All applicants are expected to adhere to these ethical guidelines.

John Young '54 Memorial Scholarship

Application deadline: Monday, March 30, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.

The John Young '54 Memorial Scholarship honors the life work of John Young by providing funds to a Grinnell student to continue their education at Grinnell College. On August 3, 1990, two days after his 58th birthday, John was given the grim news that he had a brain tumor. He accepted the news, looking at it as an opportunity to work with and make the best of the situation given to him. He was never outwardly angry or scared. He underwent brain surgery three days later and spent the rest of his life trying to combat the tumor with radiation and other therapies. Even though the prognosis was not good, John returned to work in January, five months after surgery. Although it was probable that he only had a short time to live, he wanted to work. Not because he had to, but because he wanted to. To him, his mission in life at that time was to lead others to opportunity.

John loved to help other people learn and realize their goals. John was forced to stop working in late April of 1991. The brain tumor was causing him to be very disoriented and confused. Although he experienced painful headaches, he didn't complain. Many times in his disoriented state, he talked about people he was helping with commercial brokerage or training sessions he needed to arrange. John continued to want to do the work he loved.

On July 25, 1991, John passed away in his home, one week before his 59th birthday. The John Young Memorial Scholarship was founded by John's three children; Sandy, Tom and Jane. They felt that John's mission in life was incomplete. If the brain tumor hadn't cut his life short, John would have had the opportunity to help give many other people what they needed to reach their potential and achieve their goals. The scholarship is established in that spirit. It is an award to a student of Grinnell College who is chosen by the students of Grinnell College. The award is intended to be given in the spirit that it will help the recipient achieve what s/he is capable of. It is one small way in which John can continue to positively affect the careers of other people and help them achieve their goals. In 2014-15, we expect to award a total of approximately $9,000, split among several students.

Selection Criteria

  • There will be no restrictions with respect to the then current grade point average of the recipient.
  • The recipient will have a financial need for the scholarship. The scholarship is intended for a person for whom the receipt of the scholarship will make a substantive difference in his/her ability to achieve her/his career goals.
  • In the judgment of the selection committee, the recipient must be someone who emulates the teaching philosophy of John Young.
  • The recipient must be returning to Grinnell College after at least one complete year of attendance at Grinnell with an academic status of sophomore, junior or senior.
  • The recipient may be a descendant of John Young, but will not be given preferential treatment with respect to being selected.

Application Process

Applicants for the John Young ’54 Memorial Scholarship must submit the following elements to the Center for Careers, Life, and Service, 1127 Park St., by the application deadline noted above:

  • A completed Scholarship Nomination Permission Form and Waiver.
  • Two short essays, one each on the following topics: a) Describe an event in your life when you emulated the teaching philosophy of John Young; and b) What are your career goals, and how will receiving this scholarship make a substantive difference in your ability to achieve those goals?
  • A description of your community service activities.
  • A completed, signed John Young Scholarship application form.

Please ensure that all application materials conform with these submission guidelines.  In particular, please be sure to print your application single-sided, and do not staple it.

Ethical Guidelines

All applicants are expected to adhere to these ethical guidelines.

History of John Young and Philosophy of the Scholarship

John Young was a man who was committed to helping others unlock their capabilities and achieve their goals. John graduated from Grinnell College in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Since the time he graduated, he remained an active alumnus of the college. In 1957, after serving as an officer in the Air Force, John went into the family appliance business, Young's Appliance, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, near Chicago. While in the appliance business, he worked with non-college-bound students in the work/study program at the local high school, Glenbard West. John became a mentor and father figure to several of these people. He gave them the opportunity to help themselves and discover that they could fend for themselves in the working world. Twenty-five years later, one of these people spoke at John's funeral, acknowledging his personal loss of a great friend and father figure.

John changed careers from the appliance business to the real estate business in 1974. He worked for Thorsen Realtors, a residential real estate brokerage until 1978 when he struck out on his own and opened a Realty World real estate office. The mission of his business was to concentrate on brokerage of surplus properties help by developers, primarily townhomes. John was establishing himself as a pioneer and maverick in the real estate business. No other Realtor in the Chicago area had ever limited its business to this niche in the real estate market. While in his business at Realty World, he helped several people learn the residential real estate business.  In addition to giving hands-on training to his employees, John also taught the Illinois State Real Estate License Course.

John's timing was unfortunate. In 1979 recession struck the United States economy. High interest rates brought the real estate business to its knees. Due to the lack of business, John had to close his Realty World office in 1981. John lost all of his assets when his business failed, but he refused to take the easy way out and claim bankruptcy. With earnings from future business and help from his parents, John repaid his debts, which were caused by the bad economy. In order to re-establish himself, John went to work for Coldwell Banker in a start up commercial real estate brokerage office. John quickly found his niche in commercial brokerage of apartment buildings. He was one of the first people in the Chicago area to accurately catalog all apartment buildings in the region, collecting information needed to provide brokerage services to individual owners and buyers of apartment buildings. At the same time, John became one of the first Certified Commercial Investment Members (CCIM) in the Chicago area and was given a position on the board of directors of the Northern Illinois Chapter of CCIM. John had, once again, taken pioneering steps in the real estate business.

Because of his unique knowledge, other professionals wanting to get into the commercial real estate brokerage business went to John so they could learn from him. John shared what he knew, including the data he had spent years collecting, with all of the people he took under his wing to train. These people were known as "runners." John trained most of the runners at that Coldwell Banker office during the seven years he was there. John became a mentor for these people. He even gave presentations to college students who were interested in learning about commercial real estate brokerage. Because of John's knowledge, experience and ever increasing love of his business, he was able to touch more and more people with this positive attitude towards giving others the opportunity to achieve their goals.

In 1988 John changed positions and accepted an offer from Prudential Real Estate Affiliates to help pioneer yet another aspect of the real estate business. He was given the responsibility for helping Prudential's residential Realtors develop commercial real estate capabilities within their residential real estate offices. This was John's greatest opportunity to do what he loved most. It was his responsibility to teach others the commercial real estate business: to help them get started in a business that John knew from the ground up. He was a person more concerned with sharing his knowledge with other people than making the next real estate deal. At Prudential, in three short years, he affected the careers of hundreds of people.

He loved to give other people what they needed to achieve their goals. At one point, John had the opportunity to administer Prudential Real Estate Affiliate's commercial brokerage business for many areas of the country. John declined that offer. The work he was currently doing as a teacher and mentor is what made him happy. That opportunity may have also required a move to Prudential's home office in California, away from his family, which was not acceptable to him. John had the same philosophy with his children that he had with the people whom he guided professionally. He would try to give his children unconditional support for what was important to them. He knew that if a person does what he or she loves to do professionally, he or she will be successful. In the words of John's favorite philosopher, Kahlil Gibran, "Work is love made visible." At every opportunity, John tried to provide his children with whatever might be needed to help them achieve their goals. His support was carefully given, so his children could find a way to make their "love visible."

Tammy Zywicki ’93 Memorial Scholarship

Application deadline: Monday, April 6, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.

The Tammy Zywicki ’93 Memorial Scholarship is given annually to a second-year student who has a 3.25 or better grade point average; an interest in art or photography as demonstrated by extracurricular activities or courses taken at Grinnell; and a demonstrated involvement in other extracurricular activities at Grinnell. The 2014–15 Tammy Zywicki ’93 Memorial Scholarship will be approximately $5,000.

About Tammy

A profile of Tammy Zywicki, as described by her family: Tammy was a person with many qualities and interests. She was a good student, but she did not think that grades were the most important aspect of a college education. She tried to achieve a balance in life of study time and relaxation time. She believed that you should work hard and play hard. She was always willing to try something new and achieve success at whatever she attempted. She liked to stay active and found many interests in her free time. She was a photographer for many years. She was always taking pictures with the hope that she would become good enough to make that her life’s work. She participated in sports for exercise and also for the friendships she could make. She loved cats and shared a special language with them. Most of all Tammy valued her relationship with her parents and her three brothers. She felt family was very important and made special efforts to stay in touch at times when she was very busy. Tammy had a lot to offer, but her life was cut short before she could get started. The scholarship recipient should be someone who in his or her own way will continue what Tammy started.

Application Process

Applicants must submit the following materials to the Office of Social Commitment, 1127 Park St., by the application deadline indicated above:

  • A 2-page essay in which you reflect on Tammy Zywicki’s life philosophy, as stated in the profile above, particularly of the value and importance of not putting too much priority on grades, and on the value and importance of family in helping students achieve balance in their lives while attending Grinnell. At the top of this essay, include your name, campus PO Box, and e-mail address.
  • A completed Scholarship Nomination Permission Form and Waiver.
  • A list and description of photography or other art activities you have been engaged with on campus, including classes in these areas.
  • A list and description of other activities you have undertaken on campus.
  • An unofficial copy of your Grinnell College transcript, obtained from the Registrar’s Office.

Please note that there is no application form for this scholarship; however, all documents should conform with these submission guidelines. A faculty committee will meet to review applications in late April or early May. All applicants will be informed of their status in this competition after the committee meeting.

Ethical Guidelines

All applicants are expected to adhere to these ethical guidelines.