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University of Northern Iowa graduates receive 2002-2003 Merchant Scholarships<br>

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Mike Waggoner, UNI Merchant Scholarship committee chair, (319) 273-2605
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 2002-2003 Merchant Scholarship Program at the University of Northern Iowa, open to all UNI bachelor's degree graduates pursuing advanced degrees, has named this year's recipients.

The scholarships are awarded on the basis of ability, attainment, moral character, spirit, personality, intellectual promise and devotion to society.

Recipients of $2,000 awards are:

Elizabeth Kellner, originally from Paullina and now of Manhattan, Kan. She received a B.A. degree from UNI in 2000 in family services. She is pursuing her M.S. in family life education and consultation at Kansas State University.

Brian McInnis, originally from Indianola and now from Berkeley, Calif., a 1996 UNI graduate with a triple major in history, humanities and German. He is pursuing a doctorate in German literature at Vanderbilt University.

Those receiving a $1,000 scholarship are:

Dana Binder, originally from Spencer and now living in Lander, Wyo. She is a 2001 UNI graduate in psychology and Spanish, pursuing her master's and Ph.D. degrees in social psychology at the University of Wyoming.

Nathanael Dirks, originally from Alburnett and now living in Memphis, Tenn. He is a 2001 UNI graduate in biology pursuing a Pharm.D.\ Ph.D. in pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Andrew Drenner, originally from Waterloo and now living in Minneapolis. He is a 2001 UNI B.S. degree graduate in computer science pursuing a Ph.D. in that field at the University of Minnesota.

Elaine Eshbaugh, a 2000 UNI graduate in psychology from Ankeny, pursuing her Ph.D. in human development and family studies at Iowa State University.

Sarah Stoever, originally from Milford and now living in St. Louis Park, Minn. She is a 2001 graduate from UNI in psychology, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Minnesota.

The scholarships are awarded from a trust established in 1951 to honor Frank Ivan Merchant and his sister, Kate Matilda Merchant. Frank was a professor of Latin and Greek, and served as head of the Department of Foreign Languages at UNI (then Iowa State Teachers College). His sister taught piano lessons.