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Upper Iowa Partners with Hawkeye on Accelerated Nursing Program

Upper Iowa University (UIU) and Hawkeye Community College (Hawkeye) are partnering to create a unique pathway with an Associate-Baccalaureate Accelerated Nursing Program. This dual enrollment program allows nursing students the opportunity to complete their associate degree in nursing through Hawkeye and get a head start on their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) through UIU during the summer semesters.

Iowa Bankers Association presents Athlete Achievement Award

The Iowa Bankers Association presented one of five Athlete Achievement Awards to Girls' High School 3A Basketball Player Addison Phillips, of Benton Community High School in Van Horne. The awards were given at the High School Girls State Tournament in Des Moines. One student from each class was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the IBA to the college of their choice.
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Students Earn Scholarships While Gaining Knowledge

Nearly 30 Iowa High School Seniors Have Received Awards So Far;One Drawing LeftIowa high school seniors still have a chance to receive much-needed funds for college while learning ways to reduce college loan debt through a program offering $1,000 scholarships.Iowa high school seniors may register for the Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship at www.

Area student ranks among Top 2% at Iowa State University

 The following area students are ranked among the Top 2% of students in their college at Iowa State University.  Note: Two colleges are listed for those students who have majors located in more than one college (for example, business and human sciences) and who rank among the Top 2% of students in both.  Luzerne, Kaitlyn Si

Lyons President's and Deans' List at Drake University

The following local students have been named to the Deans' and President's Lists at Drake University.To be eligible for the Deans' List, students must have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher during the Fall 2022 semester at Drake.To be eligible for the President's List, students must have earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during the Fall 2022 semester at Drake.Drake University is a midsize, private university in Des Moines, Iowa, enrolling nearly 3,000 undergraduate and more than 1,800 graduate students.
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What Drives You?

Do you have a pet peeve that you just wish other drivers would stop doing? Many times these little irritations can cause serious problems on the road. Tell us what's bugging you (but keep it clean) in three lines of 18 characters or less Roadside Chat uses the wide network of dynamic message boards on state highways to display conversation-starting safety messages and the current highway fatality count.

Community Foundation of NE Iowa’s Scholarship Application Deadline March 8

 The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa’s (CFNEIA) 2023 scholarship application deadline is 8:00 p.m. on March 8. Students may apply for scholarships available through CFNEIA at  CFNEIA awarded $635,781 in scholarships to high school, college and adult students in 2022. A total of 277 scholarships were awarded to students pursuing higher education opportunities and the average amount awarded was $2,295.


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Book Review: A Pho Love Story

A Pho Love StoryBy Loan LeReviewed by Connie Bennett, Vinton Public Library ClerkYoung Adult FictionImagine coming to a new country as a war refugee, and being perceived here as the enemy, even though you only want safety for your family, and a new start. This book is not a political message, but there are elements that evoke the terrors of the Vietnam War, and the turmoil of the families caught up in the chaos.

Scholarships Available for Benton County High School Graduating Seniors

Once again, Benton Soil & Water Conservation District (Benton SWCD) will be recognizing up to three students interested in conservation and agriculture by offering scholarships. Benton County High School Class of 2023 students pursuing programs of study in any field of conservation or agriculture are eligible for the Conservation Scholarship. While many college majors qualify, preference will be given to students pursuing programs of study in conservation.
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