Monday, Jun. 2, 2014 3:48 pm

Grinnell, Iowa - Grinnell College presented Lori Ann Schwab Alumni Grants to three alumni during Reunion Weekend.

The grants are awarded 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 2014 recipients are:       

  • Karla Gallo ’92 of Grinnell, Iowa. A librarian at the Drake Community Library, Gallo will use her $1,500 Schwab Grant to bring in a visiting artist, Jill Dubbledee Kuhn (the mother of Ivy Kuhn ’16), to conduct an “altered books” workshop. Through this community arts and literacy project, which will be held Thursday, June 19, Grinnell students, children and community members will create beautiful and lasting artwork from books that have been withdrawn or discarded from the Drake Library collection.
  • Dorje Gurung ’94 of Nepal. An international educator, Gurung made global headlines when he was unjustly imprisoned in Qatar last year. Now free and home in Nepal, Dorje has founded the Dolgari School in Changu Narayn. He will use his $1,500 Schwab Grant to found a program that will integrate the science involved in gardening with the science curriculum taught in the classroom.
  • Byron Johnson ’93 of Duluth, Minn. An elementary literacy tutor with the Minnesota Reading Corps, Johnson will use an $800 Schwab Grant to purchase books and establish a lending library for students in Duluth. This lending library will encourage reading at home, reinforcing skills learned at school and helping students become more confident in their reading ability.

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 28 to June 1.

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