Only 100 seniors in the entire state receive Iowa State University’s Multi-Cultural Vision (MVP) Scholarship, and Samana Biswa is one of them.
The Dallas Center-Grimes senior, who was born in Nepal, won the honor after submitting two essays detailing times that she felt the sting of discrimination, but the prestigious scholarship, which provides tuition for a full four years, is also awarded on the basis of at least a 3.0 GPA and a teacher's recommendation.
In addition to her academic work, Biswa is involved in Show Choir, Choir, Key Club, Student Council and Rho Kappa. She is a member of the National Honor Society.
The MVP Scholarship is awarded to Iowa residents who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have financial need and who identify as minority and/or have participated in a federally funded Educational Talent Search or Upward Bound program.
Biswa plans to major in pre-med at Iowa State.