Meet This Year’s Principal Community Scholars

October 26, 2018

Eleven college students from Iowa and Minnesota have been selected for the 2018-19 class of the Principal Community Scholars Program.

This year’s scholars proposed projects designed to engage their peers and their institutions. These projects tap into a variety of skills that can be offered by college students and will impact causes ranging from education to environmental sustainability.

Learn more about each of their projects.

Zaynab Abdi, ’20 – St. Catherine University, Minnesota

This scholar will involve work with seniors at Wellstone International High School to help them prepare for college by providing resources and helping them apply for scholarships.


Natalie Davis, ’20 – Drake University, Iowa

This scholar will help implement the Project Management Institute at Drake University, helping to use project management methods to improve community-campus initiatives.


Kennedy Elliot, ’19 – University of Northern Iowa

This scholar will build awareness about social justice on campus through the student-run Uprising Magazine.



Caleb Gipple, ’21 – University of Northern Iowa

This scholar will support the Readers Today, Leaders Tomorrow (RTLT) initiative by providing low-income students with reading materials in the Cedar Valley area.


Divine Islam, ’19 – St. Catherine University, Minnesota

This scholar will develop and facilitate a financial literacy course for Youth Farm students to help them see the value of meal budgeting.


Hannah Matt, ’20 – Simpson College, Iowa

This scholar will help Simpson College students learn how to plant their own garden and utilize the campus’ Organic Garden to supplement their meal plans with healthy, fresh options.

Madison Morehouse, ’20 – University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

This scholar will partner with Cookie Cart to provide teens with meaningful job experiences, life skills, and leadership training in an urban nonprofit bakery.


Tessa Renze, ’21 – Morningside College, Iowa

This scholar will begin research for hosting a food pantry on campus to help support students in the summer by providing free, healthy options.



Andrew Sandoz, ’20 – Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

This scholar will address food insecurity in the community by overseeing the SMUMN Community Garden project.




Kenneth Wexler, ’21  Buena Vista University, Iowa

This scholar will present on accounting and business skills to local high school students to help them relate it to their daily lives and potential careers.


Carley Wright, ’19  Simpson College, Iowa

This scholar will address food security and waste through Next Course, which donates left over campus food to local organizations and address food waste at the source.