The Way Up

Developing Women Leaders to Enhance Iowa Higher Education

Carol Rocklin Kay Memorial Scholarship - 2022

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: Embracing Challenges and Creating Opportunities - A Student's Perspective."

Send Scholarship Award materials to:

Christine Howard
Indian Hills Community College
Keokuk County Service Center
909 East Pleasant Valley Street
Sigourney, Iowa 52591

641-622-3385 ext. 1961

Due: Electronic submission only no later than October 10, 2022
Notification will be made on or about October 20, 2022.


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 recent recipients had to say about their experiences:

"The Way-Up Conference was the most empowering experience of my life that will resonate with me for years to come. I had the opportunity to network with so many strong and intellectual women. The sessions and keynote speakers were incredible and very thought provoking. I was taught ways to embrace the journey and to make the most of my future endeavors. Getting the opportunity to be a part of this conference was truly an honor and I am gracious to the Way-Up Planning Council for making it such a memorable experience. "  Sydney Cindrich

"Attending my first Way Up Conference in 2018 was a remarkable experience. My time at the conference was a wonderful combination of being challenged by new knowledge and exceptional colleagues, and of feeling the incredible support of the community of women in attendance. The conference is about investing in your own professional growth to better serve our students. I look forward to attending future conferences and gaining information and inspiration again."     Erin Small

"I am so deeply honored and grateful for being awarded the opportunity to attend The Way Up Conference.  Meeting and sharing my dreams for a future career with other like-minded excellent role models has been the most inspiring part for me as an international and first generation female student.  Stories and suggestions from the highly engaging keynote and breakout sessions have been more than motivating to me.  I benefited beyond wonderful networking opportunities, insightful advice, and resource-sharing at the conference, I sincerely appreciate the support from Carol Rocklin Kay Memorial Scholarship and would strongly encourage all other females in higher education to attend The Way Up Conference."        Shaohua (Linda) Pei




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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