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May 22, 2009

Busse earns Presidential Scholarship at University of Iowa

Emily Busse of Mt. Prospect, Ill. has earned a Presidential Scholarship from the University of Iowa, the most prestigious and valuable scholarship for incoming freshmen at the UI.

Busse is one of 20 recipients of the scholarship, valued at $52,000 over four years. She will study journalism and creative writing at the UI this fall.

More than 700 candidates applied for a Presidential Scholarships, said Michael Barron, UI director of admissions and associate provost for enrollment services. The award recognizes outstanding high school seniors based on excellence in academics, leadership, involvement, and service.

The recipient pool reflects the scholarship's high standards: the average ACT score is 34, and the average high school grade point average is 4.0.

"This is a remarkable group of students and I congratulate them on being offered our most valuable scholarship based on academic merit," Barron said. "I'm honored to have them consider the University of Iowa as a destination for higher education. We are committed to making the university affordable and accessible for all students who qualify for admission, and providing a high-quality student academic experience remains our highest priority."

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