Applications sought for SAU McFarlin scholars program


DAVENPORT — St. Ambrose University is accepting applications for a scholarship program to aid new students from Iowa for the 2021-22 academic year.

Dale and LaVonne “Bonnie” McFarlin established the $1.38 million scholarship program last year. Each year, four recipients receive a $4,000 scholarship award that can be renewed annually for up to four years. A mentoring program is part of this scholarship.

Eligible students are graduates of an Iowa high school who carry a 3.0 GPA and are fully admitted to St. Ambrose. Students who have leadership experience and a desire to lead in the future will receive preference. Additional factors weighed in the selection process include financial need and an interview with a St. Ambrose college dean or Provost Paul Koch.

Submit applications to through Feb. 15.


The mentoring process proves to be educational for the mentors as well as the mentees. “I have learned not to take for granted that what I know about St. Ambrose and higher education is common knowledge, and to ensure I am finding opportunities to listen closely and share appropriately,” said Koch. He is mentoring Serina Norte, a first-year student from Anamosa, Iowa.

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