Carol Rocklin Kay Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Recipient

About the Scholarship

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.

The Way Up Conference gave me the opportunity to learn from leaders throughout the state of Iowa. I made connections with people that I will take with me as my career progresses. I learned the importance of assessing your dreams and challenging yourself to keep moving forward. I appreciated the conference's many break-out sessions that focused on diversity and inclusion. I look forward to attending the Way Up Conference in the future!

Allison Stuenkel
2023 Scholarship Recipient


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 for 2024 will be "Knowledge, Growth and Perseverance on The Way Up - 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, 2024
Notification will be made on or about October 20, 2024


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.  

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

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

Checks should be made payable to The Way Up Conference.