Emma Bixler was one of nine Nebraska girls awarded the Joyce Ivy Foundation Scholarship.
This scholarship will pay for a summer program of the students choice at an elite college. These scholarships are only open to girls from the Midwest. There were 544 applicants this year. Of those, only 79 were accepted, 9 of whom were from Nebraska.
The Joyce Ivy Foundation also has supportive opportunities where they have workshops to help with the applying for college process and Bixler is now considered part of their community. Bixler would like to attend Washington University this summer for a pre-college program in Environmental Science. She would attend for two weeks in July if accepted.
The Joyce Ivy Foundation announced the names of 79 young women selected to receive scholarships to participate in summer pre-college academic programs at the Foundation's partner colleges and universities, including Barnard College, Brown University, Cornell University, Emory University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Smith College, Stanford University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Yale University.
The 2019 Summer Scholars come from all seven of the Midwestern states currently supported by the Foundation – Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota – and attend 64 different secondary schools. This year's recipients were selected from the largest applicant pool in the Foundation's history, 544 applications in total.
"Our 2019 review process was particularly competitive," said Maya Raiman, Co-Chair of the Selection Committee and a Joyce Ivy Foundation Board Member. "With a record number of applications, we had to make challenging decisions for a limited number of spots. Our applicants impressed us with their academic excellence, involvement in their communities, and resolve to seek opportunities beyond their current environment. We thank our applicants for sharing their voices and stories with us.”
For Scholars who come from schools that calculate GPA or class rank, 82% reported a 4.0 GPA or higher and 20% rank first or second in their class. Over 65% qualify for the highest level of need-based scholarship and 37% will be first generation in their family to attend a four-year college.
“Our 2019 Summer Scholars are incredibly impressive,” said Brittany Knight, Executive Director of the Joyce Ivy Foundation. “From the Upper Peninsula to Detroit, Appalachia to Cleveland, these young women represent the talent and potential that the Midwest has to offer. We are eager for them to launch into their summer experiences.”
The 2019 Summer Scholars will be honored at the annual Scholars Gala on May 18 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, featuring an address by the 2019 Joyce Ivy Foundation Leader of the Year, Faye Nelson, Michigan Director of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
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