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Merchant Scholarship recipients announced at University of Northern Iowa

June 8, 2003

Howard Barnes, chair, Merchant Scholarship Committee, (319) 273-2814
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Merchant Scholarship awards have been announced at the University of Northern Iowa, to be applied toward the recipients' graduate studies during the 2003-04 academic year. The scholarships are funded from the Merchant Trust, established in 1951 with the UNI Foundation, to honor Frank Ivan Merchant and his sister, Kate Matilda Merchant.

Receiving $2,000 awards are: Paul Olson, currently of Omaha, Neb., pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and, Molly Stehn, currently of New York City, pursuing a master of music degree at the Manhattan School of Music.

Receiving $1,000 awards are: Jill Bryant of Cedar Rapids, pursuing a Ph.D. in counselor education at the University of Iowa; Lucas Messer, formerly of Danville, pursuing a doctoral degree at the Hugh Downs School of Communication Studies at Arizona State University; and, Emily Russell of Reinbeck, now living in Kansas City, where she is pursuing a doctorate in counseling psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Howard Barnes, professor and head of the Department of Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, served as chair of the 2003 Merchant Scholarship Committee. Also serving on the committee were: Philip Patton, UNI registrar; John Fritch, associate professor and head of the Department of Communication Studies; and Richard Followill, professor and head of the Department of Finance, and chair of the 2004 committee.

The scholarships, open to any bachelor's degree graduate of UNI, apply to continued study at any institution, foreign or domestic. They are awarded to UNI graduates on the basis of ability, attainment, moral character, spirit, personality, intellectual promise and devotion to society. Application information for 2004, due March 1, 2004, is available on the UNI Financial Aid Web site,