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New Presidential Scholars to begin studies at UNI

July 27, 2012

Jessica Moon, director, UNI Honors Program, 319-273-3175,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Twenty new University of Northern Iowa students have been awarded Presidential Scholarships for their outstanding academic performance in high school. The recipients of the award are chosen based on their strong academic credentials and involvement in leadership and service activities.

Presidential Scholarships are worth $32,000 over four years at UNI. To meet the criteria for one of these scholarships, students must have an ACT composite of 29 or above and rank in the top ten percent of their high school class or have a Regent Admission Index (RAI) of 335 or above. The RAI is a formula used to calculate student admission eligibility based on high school rank, high school grade point average, ACT composite score and courses completed in core subject areas. These students must maintain the academic excellence for which the awards have been granted.

"Presidential Scholarships recognize students with records of academic excellence who also show potential for leadership and service to our campus and community," said Jessica Moon, director of the UNI Honors Program. "Presidential Scholars contribute a great deal to the life of our university." The select group of students will take part in scholars-only seminars, be eligible for special travel and study opportunities and receive extensive individual advising. All of the scholars are required to complete a senior thesis or project.