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ISU 4U Promise 2018

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Project ended on June 15, at 08:00 PM CDT
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ISU 4U Promise 2018

The first ISU 4U Promise Scholars cohort of thirteen students is headed to Iowa State in fall of 2018. Laptops are essential for their academic success. The ISU 4U Promise program is a new college access and affordability initiative serving students and families from the racially and ethnically diverse King and Moulton elementary schools in Des Moines, Iowa. Students who complete fifth grade at these schools and remain within the Des Moines Public School district through graduation are eligible for tuition awards to Iowa State University.

In its five years of development, the ISU 4U Promise has effectively coordinated activity between a broad range of internal and external stakeholders. These include the ISU College of Human Sciences, the Extension and Outreach, Financial Aid, and Student Affairs units, Des Moines Public Schools, and the Community Alliance. These collaborations have paved the pathway to ISU for this first cohort of ISU 4U Promise Scholars. Having a laptop is a next step towards a successful undergraduate experience.

The average laptop price at the ISU Bookstore is approximately $1,500. This is a significant barrier for students with limited financial means. Your investment will assist in the purchase of a laptop and add to the critical resources needed to launch the ISU 4U Promise Scholar adventure at Iowa State University. 

The suggested donation levels reflect principles upon which the ISU 4U Promise was founded. These were developed out of conversations with a community that, with your gift to the ISU 4U Promise 2018 fund, you are now a part of.  Thank you for your support!

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The ISU 4U Promise Scholars are in pursuit of knowledge. Laptops will give them easy access to knowledge-building resources that stretch across the globe.



We hear from teachers, youth, and families that the ISU 4U Promise is inspiring hopeful futures. Laptops will help fuel ISU 4U Promise Scholars' dreams for tomorrow.



By paving the way to ISU for these Promise Scholars, the university is part of a broader effort to change college access and affordability for students who otherwise may have encountered barriers. Funding for laptops will remove a significant financial barrier.



Education is empowerment. The education the ISU 4U Promise Scholars receive will help them positively impact their families and communities. With laptops, they can spread the energy of their empowerment even further.



The 2018 Promise Scholars are the first of future cohorts to come. Their experiences at ISU are an important part of their growth as well as that of this new university initiative. Laptops will assist in a successful college experience.



Positive relationships, with family, friends, and faculty, are a key part of a successful college experience. Laptops are communicative tools that can promote relationships in positive ways.



It takes a village to educate a child. The ISU 4U Promise has developed strong connections with internal partners at ISU, like Student Affairs, and with external partners in the community, like the Community Alliance. These connections help ensure student success that is sustainable. With laptops, the ISU 4U Promise Scholars will be able to sustain a balance between academic performance and social relationships.

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