Where are they now? Checking in with past scholarship winners

As the 2020 school year begins, we’re checking in with our past Thomas K. Evans Memorial Scholarship recipients to see what they’re up to.

Scholarship recipients Cole Caleo, Joey Dryoel and Grace Bjustrom are all back in school — although colleges, like all institutions, look a little bit different these days.

Here’s a bit about each of them, what they’re up to, and how they’re navigating:

Cole Caleo
2018 Recipient | Junior, Engineering
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

“Last semester I studied abroad at University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland. I was fully integrated into the university and was able to take upper-level engineering courses with the Irish students! I had an amazing time and got involved with various activities, such as the international society, mountain bike club and the outdoor pursuits club!

I was fortunate enough to learn a lot about Irish society before Iowa State University ended my program mid-semester due to concerns with COVID-19. I finished my semester taking online classes through University of Limerick after I returned home to the states.”

Joey Dryoel
2019 Recipient | Sophomore, Biology & Pre-Optometry
Loyola University Chicago, IL

“Freshman year went very well for me, and I am excited to begin my new and ever-changing sophomore year. I managed straight As my freshman year, including in my honors studies, and have joined clubs like Pep Band and an Acapella Group to continue in the arts fields.

My studies in biology and pre-optometry have continued to grow and even lead me to an internship at a local eye clinic this summer!

I am moving into an apartment with friends this month to continue my education with online classes for the semester, but I am very excited to be back and continue learning.”

Grace Bjustrom
2020 Recipient | Freshman, Agricultural Engineering
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

“Coming in as a freshman to college during a pandemic is quite interesting. Not only is going to college a whole new atmosphere for me, but this year especially is a different environment for everyone! We are required to wear masks everywhere we go and do the majority of our classes online! Looking at my schedule I have more than half of my classes online, which is definitely not standard when we are talking about a state university.”



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