Eunice A. Dell Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Recipient

About the Scholarship

The Eunice A. Dell Memorial Fund was established in 2008 to provide support for young professional women to participate in The Way Up Conference. Eunice Dell, who served as Assistant Vice President for Administration and Finance and Assistant Vice President/Faculty and Staff Disabilities Coordinator at the University of Northern Iowa, was a key figure in planning many of The Way Up conferences, serving as the Program Chair for the XX and XXI conferences. The Scholarship covers the conference registration and one night's stay in the conference hotel. This year's winner will be announced during the conference.

I'm so grateful for the Eunice A. Dell Memorial Scholarship, which allowed me to attend the 2023 Way Up Conference. I felt so empowered being in a room with hundreds of women and feeling like we were all rooting for each other, and I was able to make countless individual connections with others over meals and in breakout sessions. Plus, the knowledge I learned in those presentations has come back to campus with me as I think about my work and the next steps in my career. It has boosted my confidence as a young professional woman to have met, learned from, and been inspired by others who are or have been in similar situations as me. I'm coming back to the Way Up Conference next year, and I'm bringing more women in higher ed with me!

Maggie Bell
2023 Recipient, Grinnell College


Young professional women (=< age 30) in any higher education institution in Iowa who aspire to moving up in higher education leadership or administration 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 young professionals interest in an administrative or leadership position in higher education and what she hopes to gain from participation in this conference. After selection, the scholarship recipient must submit the text of a three minute presentation to be made at the Thursday lunch. The topic of the presentation will be "Knowledge, Growth and Perseverance on The Way Up  - A Young Professional Woman's Perspective."

Send Scholarship Award materials to:

Christine Howard
Ottumwa, IA

Due: Electronic submission only no later than October 10, 2024.
Notification will be made on or about October 20, 2024.


Prior to June, 2008, Eunice had been an integral and valued part of the planning and implementation of The Way Up Conference.  The conference, begun in 1983, was designed to develop women leaders to enhance Iowa higher education. 

Many times, Eunice was heard to say “I am attending The Way Up Conference so I can continue to offer my expertise to the young women on their way up in higher education.  I believe I can help them.”

And so it was with much sadness that the Way Up Planning Council heard of Eunice’s death in 2008.  At the time, they immediately decided to set up a Memorial Fund in Eunice’s name to give a scholarship to a young professional woman who wished to enhance her leadership and administration skills by attending the annual The Way Up conference.  The scholarship would be a way to allow Eunice to continue with her wish of helping young professional women.

Although the original funds are now diminishing, the Way Up Planning Council wishes to continue the Scholarship in Eunice’s name.  We believe that Eunice’s memory can continue through an ongoing Scholarship in her name.

If you would like to donate to the Eunice A. Dell Memorial Scholarship fund, you may contact:

Doreen Hayek, Co-Chair of The Way Up Planning Council
UNI / 120 ITTC Bldg
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0301       


Make checks out to The Way Up Scholarship Fund