Creston Senior Awarded $2,000 Special Education Teacher Scholarship

Des Moines, Iowa – Senior Cali Foglesong, Creston Community Schools, received the 2017 Special Education Teacher Scholarship of Iowa in recognition for her academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities and educational goals.

Foglesong has worked with special education students through a program at her high school.  “I love being around the kids and help them learn new things. Seeing the smiles on their faces when they understand what I’m teaching them gives me so much joy and happiness. It’s during these moments that I know I was meant to make a difference in the lives of these students.”

Foglesong previously worked at a home for individuals with special needs and enjoyed that experience as well. “I love working there for several reasons—I enjoy being with them, seeing all they can learn from me, and discovering what I can learn from them.”

Foglesong is an honors student and actively participates in school activities including the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and softball. She is also a member of her local church youth group. Foglesong plans to attend either Iowa State University or Graceland University and major in Elementary Education with endorsements in reading and Special Education. The awards presentation will be held on May 5 at 1 p.m. at the Creston High School and is open to the public. The award will be presented by IASB Executive Director Lisa Bartusek.

The Special Education Teacher Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who plans to study education and is co-sponsored by ClaimAid Consulting Corporation and the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB). The scholarship is awarded based on a number of requirements, including educational goals and academic accomplishments. ClaimAid is a leading provider of comprehensive eligibility and enrollment services and claims resolution for schools, hospitals, patients, individuals and their families. IASB is a private, nonprofit organization representing Iowa’s 333 public school districts, nine area education agencies and 15 community colleges.


North Polk Senior Awarded $2,000 Star Student Scholarship

Des Moines, Iowa –  Senior Brynna Mason, North Polk Community Schools, received the 2017 Star Student Scholarship of Iowa in recognition for her academic achievements, extracurricular activities and educational goals.

An honors student, Mason is involved in extracurricular activities like volleyball and dance, belongs to her local church youth group, and participates in school plays.

Mason plans to follow in her mother’s footsteps and study design at Iowa State University. “My mom has made a significant difference in my life because I have always looked up to her and what she does for her job—commercial interior design. I want to go to college and continue to work just as hard as my mom does.”

The awards presentation will be May 24 at 7 p.m at the North Polk High School auditorium in Alleman. The award will be presented by Lisa Bartusek, executive director of the Iowa Association of School Boards.

The Star Student Scholarship is awarded to a graduating student who has received special education services. This scholarship is co-sponsored by ClaimAid Consulting Corporation and the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB). The scholarship is awarded based on a number of requirements, including educational goals and academic accomplishments. ClaimAid is a leading provider of comprehensive eligibility and enrollment services and claims resolution for schools, hospitals, patients, individuals and their families. IASB is a private, nonprofit organization representing Iowa’s 333 public school districts, nine area education agencies and 15 community colleges.