McKenzie von Rentzell of Earlham Awarded Robert D. Blue Scholarship

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DES MOINES, IA (08/15/2017) (readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald, a member of the Iowa Centennial Memorial Foundation, announced today that McKenzie von Rentzell of Earlham was among nine students to receive a Robert D. Blue scholarship award for the 2017-2018 school year. The Robert D. Blue Scholarship, which is given by the Foundation, awarded nine Iowa students to assist in covering expenses at an Iowa college. The recipients represented nine Iowa counties and seven Iowa schools.

"Students selected to receive this award must be a citizen of Iowa and demonstrate literary and scholastic ability; exhibit qualities of truth, courage, and fellowship; and display moral force of character," commented Fitzgerald. "McKenzie is an excellent example of the type of student we were looking for." Von Rentzell will be attending Iowa State University this fall.

Awards were based on the review of an application, letters of recommendation, scholastic achievement and an essay on the responsibility of a citizen toward his or her community. Additional information about the Robert D. Blue Scholarship is available online at

Foundation members include Governor Kim Reynolds, Attorney General Tom Miller, State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald, Board of Education President Charlie Edwards; former governors Terry Branstad, Chester Culver, Tom Vilsack and Robert Ray; and citizen members Elaine Estes, Arvid Huisman, Wayne Marty and Janet Metcalf.