The Way Up

Developing Women Leaders to Enhance Iowa Higher Education

Carol Rocklin Kay Memorial Scholarship - 2023

The Carol Rocklin Kay Memorial Fund was established in 1988 to provide support for student participation in The Way Up conferences. Carol Rocklin Kay, who served as Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs at Iowa State University, was a central figure in planning The Way Up II, III, IV and V conferences. She served as the Program Chair for women graduate students - the future faculty members and administrators of our colleges and universities. Scholarships cover conference registration and one night's stay in the conference hotel. This year's winners will be announced during the conference.


Women undergraduate or graduate students in any higher education institution in Iowa who are interested in a career in higher education 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 student's interest in a career in higher education and what she hopes to gain from participation in this conference. After selection, the scholarship recipients must submit the text of a three minute presentation to be made at the Thursday lunch. The topic of the presentation will be " Thriving Together in a Landscape of Change - A Student's Perspective."

Send Scholarship Award materials to:

Christine Howard
Indian Hills Community College
525 Grandview Ave
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Phone 641-683-5215

Due: Electronic submission only no later than October 10, 2023
Notification will be made on or about October 20, 2023


The Way Up Planning Council encourages all women leaders to "invest in ourselves"!  Please consider making a donation to our scholarship fund.  These scholarships make it possible for deserving women to attend this conference when they would not have been able to otherwise.  Here is what recent recipients had to say about their experiences:

"With the Carol Rocklin Kay Memorial Scholarship, I was able to attend the Way Up conference and meet and network with many incredible women from across the state. I learned from the panelist about how to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace and in classrooms. I learned from keynote speakers about how sometimes you need to take a detour to know you're on the right path. I learned from my fellow attendees about how many different opportunities there are in higher education!"    Isabella Nesbeth

"The Way-Up Conference was the most empowering experience of my life that will resonate with me for years to come. I had the opportunity to network with so many strong and intellectual women. The sessions and keynote speakers were incredible and very thought provoking. I was taught ways to embrace the journey and to make the most of my future endeavors. Getting the opportunity to be a part of this conference was truly an honor and I am gracious to the Way-Up Planning Council for making it such a memorable experience. "  Sydney Cindrich

"Attending my first Way Up Conference in 2018 was a remarkable experience. My time at the conference was a wonderful combination of being challenged by new knowledge and exceptional colleagues, and of feeling the incredible support of the community of women in attendance. The conference is about investing in your own professional growth to better serve our students. I look forward to attending future conferences and gaining information and inspiration again."     Erin Small


Individuals who wish to make contributions to the Scholarship Fund may do so by sending them to:

Doreen Hayek
ATTN: The Way Up Scholarships
120 ITTC Building
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0301

Checks should be made payable to The Way Up Conference.


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