Three Grinnell College Alumni Receive Schwab Alumni Grants to Support Service Activities

Monday, Jun. 10, 2013 12:00 am

Grinnell, Iowa -- Three Grinnell College alumni recently received Lori Ann Schwab Alumni Grants. The grants are presented annually to people who graduated from Grinnell between 1992 and 1998 and who are staff members or volunteers in non-profit service organizations and public schools.
The 2013 recipients are:        -- Megan Lewis '95, of Portland, Ore. Partnering with Friends of the Children in Portland, Lewis will use the grant to provide vulnerable children with a professional mentor.        -- Derek Westfall '95. Currently the State Department representative to the provincial reconstruction team in Kunduz Province, Westfall will work with his wife, Shayne Beschta '95, to purchase books in Farsi and English for the Children's Support Center of Kunduz. The CSC was founded with a grant from the U.S. State Department to provide shelter and education for the children of prisoners.        -- Kristin Stuchis '98, of Duluth, Minn. Stuchis will use the grant to support training that will allow her to teach yoga to people of all ages and abilities through Udac Inc., a nonprofit organization that offers programs to adults with intellectual and physical disabilities.
Named for the late Lori Ann Schwab '95—who died in 1994, while she was a student at Grinnell—the Lori Ann Schwab Alumni Grants are presented annually during Grinnell's Reunion Weekend, which this year took place from May 30 to June 2.
Since its founding in 1846, Grinnell has become one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges, enrolling 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries. Grinnell's rigorous academic program emphasizes excellence in education for students in the liberal arts; the college offers the B.A. degree in a range of departments across the humanities, arts and sciences. Grinnell has a strong tradition of social responsibility and action, and self-governance and personal responsibility are key components of campus life. More information about Grinnell College is available at www.grinnell.edu.
###