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Aug. 28, 2006

High School Students Who Apply By Sept. 1 Can Compete For Scholarships

Applications are due Sept. 1 for three competitive college scholarships, totaling $10,000, for Iowa high school juniors and seniors who participate in the Governor's Iowa High School Water Summit. The competition also requires the submission of a research paper, due Oct. 5.

The summit will be held Nov. 15 at the State Capitol in Des Moines. The one-day event aims to develop future leaders who understand the importance and challenges of protecting water quality in Iowa's communities, as well as worldwide.

Once the application is submitted by Sept. 1, the research paper due by Oct. 5 must be based on one of three scenarios. Application forms, scenario descriptions and other information are available online at: or

Students whose papers are selected for competition will present their paper at the summit. Final judging will be based on the paper and the presentation. Three scholarships will be awarded to the top three students: 1st place, $5,000; 2nd place, $3,000; and 3rd place, $2,000.

The summit is organized by a steering committee and hosted by the Governor's Office, Iowa Departments of Public Health and Natural Resources, Iowa Association of Water Agencies, U.S. Geological Survey, Iowa State University Extension, Iowa Rural Water Association, Iowa Environmental Council, Project WET, Springbrook Lake Education Center and the University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination.

The program includes informative talks for the students by Mary Gilchrist, Ph.D., director, UI Hygienic Laboratory; Thomas Isenhart, Ph.D., professor of natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State University; Charles Gipp, majority leader, Iowa House of Representatives; and Jerry Schnoor, Ph.D., UI professor of civil and environmental engineering.

For additional information, contact David Riley, program coordinator, UI Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination, 319-335-4016 or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: Becky Soglin, 319-335-6660,

PROGRAM CONTACT: David Riley, program coordinator, UI Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination, 319-335-4016,