The Way Up

Developing Women Leaders to Enhance Iowa Higher Education

Carol Rocklin Kay Memorial Scholarship - 2013

The Carol Rocklin Kay Memorial Fund was established in 1988 to provide support for student participation in The Way Up conferences. Carol Rocklin Kay, who served as Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs at Iowa State University, was a central figure in planning The Way Up II, III, IV and V conferences. She served as the Program Chair for women graduate students - the future faculty members and administrators of our colleges and universities. Scholarships cover conference registration and one night's stay in the conference hotel. This year's winners will be announced during the conference.


Women undergraduate or graduate students in any higher education institution in Iowa who are interested in a career in higher education may apply or be nominated for this scholarship.


Nominations or applications should include the name, address, phone number and email address of the candidate, a one page statement addressing the student's interest in a career in higher education and what she hopes to gain from participation in this conference. After selection, the scholarship recipients must submit the text of a three minute presentation to be made at the Thursday lunch. The topic of the presentation will be "Women on the Way Up: Inspiration and Empowerment - A Student's Perspective."

Send Scholarship Award materials to:

Darlas Shockley
Indian Hills Community College
525 Grandview Avenue
Ottumwa, IA 52501


Due: Electronic submission only no later than October 1, 2013.
Notification will be made on or about October 20, 2013.


The Way Up Planning Council encourages all women leaders to "invest in ourselves"!  Please consider making a donation to our scholarship fund.  These scholarships make it possible for deserving women to attend this conference when they would not have been able to otherwise.  Here is what two recent recipients had to say about their experiences:

“As a graduate student with a tight budget, the Carol Rocklin Kay Memorial Scholarship enabled me to attend the Way Up conference when I wouldn't have been able to attend otherwise.  I learned from the sessions, enjoyed networking with females leaders in higher education, and left feeling inspired.  Since I'm a newcomer to Iowa, it was also great to get a broad view of all the wonderful higher education activity going on across state!” – Jenny Noyce

"Receiving the Carol Rocklin Kay Memorial Scholarship allowed me to attend the Way Up Conference for the first time this year.  During the conference I was able to network and form many new relationships with leaders from a variety of institutions in Iowa, and was grateful for the opportunity to hear their stories and exchange ideas.   I would recommend the conference to any graduate students or professionals who want to build relationships with colleagues and learn high quality information that will improve their career."  -    Alex Wenger


Individuals who wish to make contributions to the Scholarship Fund may do so by sending them to:

Doreen Hayek
ATTN: The Way Up Scholarships
120 ITTC Building
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0301

Checks should be made payable to The Way Up Conference.

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