What are the Alumni Saying?

I am a 2018 graduate and recipient of the Alumni scholarship. With the help from this scholarship (and many others offered through the foundation) I was able to be more financially prepared for the cost of my education. Your scholarship allowed me to focus on my schooling and adjust to the changes of college during my first semester of school. Through your generosity, and the support of the Knoxville Community, I was able to graduate from the University of Iowa with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a Minor in Psychology in the top 5% of my graduating class and a year early. I am currently working towards my Masters in Speech Language Pathology at Saint Ambrose University and I am expecting to graduate in the Spring of 2023. Your support left a lasting mark on my college experience that I hope to bring to others as well. THANK YOU!
Thank you for including me in this event!
Kaley Iddings
My name is Peyton McMurray and I am studying marketing at the University of Northern Iowa. I am currently a junior and will graduate in the spring of 2023. All of the scholarship money that I have been fortunate enough to receive has been so helpful in my college journey. I have used the money to either purchase textbooks and course materials, or put the money towards paying for my education. I am very thankful to have received this money and just know that other Knoxville graduates are as well. Hope you all have a great homecoming and go panthers!
 Thank you for the invitation, but I will regretfully have to decline because I will be in class at that time. I am currently attending the University of Missouri in Columbia and absolutely love the school. I am enrolled in 5 classes adding up to 16 credit hours this semester, and it has kept me super busy so far. The scholarship you all gifted me with has helped me afford to take these classes and continue my education. My largest class includes about 500 students and my smallest is around 30. My favorite class so far this semester is my religious studies course about death and dying because it encaptures many perspectives about death that have never crossed my mind. I am a biology major on the pre-med track, but I don’t take my first biology course until next semester. In high school, I took many dual credit/college courses, so now I am looking to graduate in 3.5 years with a double major; the second one possibly being nutrition and exercise physiology. Thank you for supporting me as I work to accomplish my goal and dream of becoming a healthcare provider. 
-Reilly Finarty

My name is Abby Marshall and I recently graduated from Iowa School of Beauty in Urbandale as of May 2021! This scholarship has helped me pay for my schooling along the way and I couldn’t be more grateful! I am now a hairstylist in Knoxville, IA at Grand Headlines. I also have a one year old, and have recently married. This scholarship has helped me pursue a career that I love and I can’t thank you enough! 

I’m in my final semester at the University of Northern Iowa and will graduate this December with my Bachelor’s in Public Relations/Special Events. In my time at UNI, I’ve fallen in love with event management through my work on our Campus Activities Board. I did two internships this summer, one with the Irish Fair of Minnesota, and one with the Saturday In the Park music festival in Sioux City. I’m hoping to get into festival, venue, or tour management after graduation and continue my career in event management and live music. 
I want to thank the Knoxville Alumni Association for the support they’ve shown me through my college career. With the financial support, I’ve had the freedom to explore different majors and areas of interest and am so happy to have finally found my calling. I am so grateful and appreciative to the Alumni Association for being a part of my journey.
All the best (and go Panthers!), Isaiah Finan

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