DMPS Grads are Presidential Scholars at University of Iowa

As first year students at the University of Iowa begin moving into their dorm rooms this week, two members of the incoming class from Des Moines are recipients of the most prestigious academic scholarship awarded by the university to new undergraduate students.

Alysa Olson, a 2011 graduate of Lincoln High School, and Samuel Roeder, a 2011 graduate of Roosevelt High School, have been named as University of Iowa Presidential Scholars for 2011. Alysa is the daughter of Lew and Carol Olson; Samuel is the son of Phil Roeder and Mary Tabor.

Both students also took classes at Central Academy.
The University of Iowa Presidential Scholarship recognizes outstanding high school seniors based on excellence in academics, leadership, involvement, and service.

Twenty recipients were selected from a field of more than 1,000 applicants from all over the world. Applicants needed an ACT score of 30 or above and a cumulative high school grade-point average of 3.8 or above on a 4.0 scale to be considered for the scholarship, which also required an essay and other components.

The Presidential Scholarship package is worth $52,000 over four years.

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