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SWCC student named national scholar

Mount Ayr native Megan Doubleday is now the third SWCC student to receive part of this $100K national scholarship

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 11:46 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 11:57 a.m. CST

A Southwestern Community College student was recently named one of 51 New Century Scholars and will soon receive part of a $100,000 scholarship.

Megan Doubleday — a 2012 graduate of Mount Ayr Community High School — will graduate this spring from SWCC with an associate of arts degree. She plans to attend Iowa State University in the fall and will major in elementary education with an endorsement in math.

At SWCC, she’s been active in Student Senate (president), Dazzlers dance team (co-captain), student ambassadors, Phi Theta Kappa (vice president of fellowship), work study and tutoring.

“We are pleased Megan was selected for this honor,” said Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president. “She is an excellent student and has been involved in a number of activities on campus. Megan is well-deserving of this recognition. We are happy she chose to begin her college education at Southwestern.”  

The New Century Scholars program is sponsored by Coca-Cola, Phi Theta Kappa and American Association of Community Colleges. There were 1,700 students nominate from more than 900 community colleges for this national scholarship. Judges consider grades, leadership, activities and most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

New Century Scholars are the highest scoring students in each state, plus one student from Canada and one additional student from among the remaining seven Phi Theta Kappa sovereign nations.

Doubleday is now the third student from SWCC to receive this scholarship. Others included Francine (Jackson) Ide of Creston in 2003 and Landi McFarland of Mount Ayr in 2004.

Doubleday will awarded her $2,000 scholarship at a convention held in Washington, D.C., in April.

“I’m just a girl from little southwest Iowa,” Doubleday said. “I never thought I’d win this national scholarship. So, I was in awe when I found out. This money will be a tremendous help. I’ll be using this money with other scholarships I have received so that I can hopefully, fingers-crossed, graduate from Iowa State debt free.”

Doubleday’s parents are Mike and Christine Doubleday of Mount Ayr.

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