Scholar Thoughts

"I cannot even begin to properly thank or even put into words how much this foundation has helped put me on an amazing path to reach and accomplish my dreams. Ever since I was seven years old, I have wanted to become a doctor. I wanted to be able to help people, to make sick people better, to be a healer, and to learn and grow to the fullest of my abilities. Because of the Bright scholarship, these dreams and goals are closer within reach. I am achieving success in ways I never thought were possible. My dreams may have been to help others and learn as much as I possibly can, but this foundation has helped me and given me the chance to do the things I love, to push myself, learn, and experience the joy of hard work and success. This scholarship inspired me to help others as well. Currently, I am pursuing a research opportunity with Dr. Mario Ascoli, Carver College of Medicine, to help with work on finding cures for infertility. I am also in the beginning stages of recruitment for alpha Kappa Delta Phi sorority! A lot of things have been going on for me, but none of this would be possible without the Bright Foundation. This foundation gave me the blessing of not having to be stressed, financial security, the ability to reach my goals, but most importantly, faith in myself to do what I love best, so again, thank you."

Angeline Vanle University of Iowa

"As I finish my sophomore year, I am grateful that I have received the Bright Scholarship to help me achieve my goals. My grades have been good and I am proud that I've been making Dean's List. I attended the Engineering job fair to target companies for a summer internship. After being offered two, I chose Nutra Flo, a liquid fertilizer manufacturer in South Dakota. I'm excited to see what I will learn and how much I know out in the real world of Mechanical Engineering. Thank you again for awarding me the Bright Scholarship. Thanks to the Bright Foundation, I have been able to attend ISU without the burden of deep financial indebtedness. It has allowed me to experience ISU but most importantly, I have been able to study in order to do well in my classes. It is because of the Brights - they had a vision to help young people in Iowa achieve higher education. I am excited to be a part of that vision. "

Brian Becker Iowa State University

"I would like to thank you for your contribution. Without your help, it would be difficult to attend college and pursue my dream career of being a veterinarian. I am extremely honored and hope to give back to foundations like this one day."

Carissa Pityer Iowa State University

"This scholarship means a great deal to me. Because of this gift, I will be able to not only

attend college for free, but I will also be able to stay close to home and maintain a close

relationship with my parents and help out as my mother battles cancer. This scholarship

has given me encouragement to work hard not only in school but having a job also. With

this help, I will be able to pursue my dream of becoming a veterinarian and accomplish my

goals. I can�۪t thank you enough for this opportunity!"

Hannah Wailes Des Moines Area Community College

"My true passions and goals are now available for me to pursue because of this award. In college I can focus more on being an outstanding student and less on paying off tremendous debts. My life has truly been changed because of this award. I want you to know that this is much more than simple money ��� this is a primary factor for my future and has opened so many doors I was ready to close. I am truly grateful."

Jason Reynolds Iowa State University

"The Bright Scholars award has had an extremely positive impact on my first year of college education at DMACC, and I believe it will continue to be of great benefit throughout the rest of my college education. It has greatly relieved me from the financial worries and the stress that often accompanies the majority of college students. I feel that the scholarship has granted me an even greater opportunity as I now plan to not only earn an Associate's Degree at DMACC but intend to transfer to ISU to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management in the near future. I never thought I would be able to say that I am truly fulfilling my dreams of receiving a solid education that seemed so far off a year ago, and it is all thanks to the donors of the Bright Scholars award. I am beyond grateful that I was chosen as a recipient; it has aided me in continuing to strive to get the most of my educational career. "

Katlyn Buchman Des Moines Area Community College

"I would like to take this time to thank you for your contribution towards the scholarship I

have been granted through Indian Hills Community College. I will be attending Indian Hills

with a major in psychology. I then plan to transfer to a four-year college and potentially

graduate school after that to continue my education. Thank you again for your contribution

and the endless possibilities you have given me!"

Kayla Baker Indian Hills Community College

"By awarding me the Bright Scholars of Iowa award, my financial burden has been lightened

and I will be able to spend less time stressed about finances, and more time getting an

education. I hope to do great things in the future and with your help, I know that I will be

able to. Thank you!"

Kimberly Hiltabidle University of Iowa

"I want to personally thank the Bright Foundation for this year. I would not be nearly as successful without their financial support. I come from an incredibly humble background and the financial stability they have given me in the form of this scholarship has allowed me to commit my highest potential to my classwork. They are the reason I am the student I am today. I have tried to carry the Bright Foundation�۪s values close to my heart this academic year. I worked extremely hard and devoted much of my outside time to volunteer work. I cannot put into works how grateful I am for the opportunities this foundation has given me. They have laid the groundwork for all of my current and future success. I plan to celebrate these values, and this foundation for the rest of my life."

Leah Waughtal University of Iowa

"I am so thankful to be part of such an outstanding group of students. This scholarship was one of the greatest things to ever happen to me and I could not have asked for anything better. I loved getting the opportunity to meet the other scholars at the banquet and have felt nothing but welcomed by this whole organization. Thank you all so much for everything!"

Marissa Hunt Indian Hills Community College

"I�۪m a student at DMACC and this award is extremely helpful and appreciated. All this past semester, I�۪ve been working and going to school while barely making it by. This award will give me the chance to focus on school more. I am so honored to receive it and I am so thankful there are people like you to help college students, like myself, out. I plan on finishing up school and becoming an elementary teacher. The scholarship will help me get one step closer to that goal!"

Michaela Prica Des Moines Area Community College

"My first year in college has been amazing. I was able to get involved with intramural sports, Iowa Wishmakers and Dance Marathon because you took the financial burden off my back and allowed for me to get the most out of my college experience. I've been able to focus on school and not worry about working which has allowed me to get the most out of my education. I was also able to fulfill one of my dreams before going to college; I was able to pay for a child's Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World with my graduation money because of your generosity and covering the expenses of my education. This first year has been great and I cannot wait for the next three years. Thank you Bright Scholars of Iowa!"

Nickolas Kutsch University of Iowa

"With each passing semester I become even more thankful for this scholarship. My college experience has been phenomenal and this scholarship deserves all the credit. You have allowed to me the opportunity to thoroughly enjoy receiving my education at the University of Iowa. I am thankful to be a Bright Scholar of Iowa. Thank you so much for the college experience you have let me have through this scholarship."

Tess Lough University of Iowa

"I am and always will be eternally grateful for what you have done for me and what you've done for others. It's truly amazing how two special people, Lois and Dale Bright, could be so generous in helping others out. I truly aspire to be like them, giving out of generosity and expecting nothing in return. As college rolls on, I get more and more excited to become a teacher of mathematics, not just to teach young adults math, but also to challenge and aspire them to be better people. Without your help though, I am not sure any of that would be possible. For that, I am truly thankful. For now though, I will continue on in college, doing the best I possibly can do and doing my best to represent the Bright Foundation well. Thank you for all you do again, and God Bless. "

Zachary Youmans University of Northern Iowa