by Andrew Graham
Fourteen students were designated ISU Bone Scholars, the highest university-wide honor given to undergraduate ISU students, late last month, and an awards ceremony will take place later this month.
The mean grade point average for this year’s Bone Scholars is 3.93 on a 4.0 scale.
A selection committee awards around 14 students the scholarship every year on the basis of scholarship as well as campus involvement.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be placed among such a high level of scholars,” Allison Dietrich, agribusiness major and Bone Scholar winner, said. “To be recognized in this way is just a blessing to me and it’s more than I ever expected.”
Dietrich is a group leader for the ISU Campus Crusade for Christ and has served as vice president of Alpha Zeta, the ISU honors fraternity, and has recently been elected president of the organization for the upcoming year.
She is also a member of several other campus-based honors programs, but Dietrich said she reserves most of her time for CCC and Alpha Zeta.
Dietrich’s future plans include a job in nature conservation, the study of maintaining natural resources.
“Controlling things like pollution and pesticides are really important for the environment,” she said.
Four of the 14 Bone Scholars for the 2001-02 academic year are involved in an education sequence at ISU in some capacity.
Karin Hake, French teacher education major and Bone Scholar winner, said she was just happy to be considered.
“I’m honored just to be elected for the award by my teachers – to know that they think I have so much potential,” she commented.
Hake is president of Pi Delta Phi, the ISU French Honors Society and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is also involved in ISU Golden Key.”Hard work definitely pays off,” she said.
Finding time for so much out-of-the-classroom involvement is tough, but Hake said she handles it well.
“I just keep going. I try to manage my time really well by keeping everything organized to stay on top of my responsibilities,” she said.
Hake said she looks forward to teaching high school French when she graduates college.
Dietrich and Hake, along with the other 12 Bone Scholars, have their names engraved on a metal plaque, which is displayed permanently in the Bone Student Center.
The Bone Scholar awards are given in honor of Robert G. Bone, ISU president from 1956-1967.
Besides the distinction, winners receive a cash scholarship from the Bone Scholarship endowment.