For Accounting Students. CLASSIFICATION: full-time junior or senior students who have been enrolled at ISU for at least 3 semesters prior to the award. MAJOR: accounting. GPA: at least 3.0. OTHER CRITERIA: The recipient shall exhibit high moral principles and involvement at Iowa State University as evidenced by adherence to the student conduct code and involvement in activities which may include such things as clubs, athletics, band, 4H, student Alumni Association, or other viable activities as determined by the awarding authority. ISU involvement and academic achievement should be given equal weight in selection. Financial need is NOT a consideration. SCHOLARSHIP INFO: Karen K. Hunter, born June 24, 1970, was the daughter of Gerald E. and Carol J. (Stine) Hunter. She had a sister, Karlene, born in 1974. Karen was raised on a farm near Webster City, Iowa. She received her elementary and secondary education at Webster City Community Schools, graduating in 1988. During high school, Karen was active in band, cross country, track, basketball, forensics and National Honor Society. She graduated among the top ten scholars of her class. She was a nine-year member of 4-H Club, gaining many skills and receiving numerous honors. She attended Camp Miniwanca, a national leadership camp. Her most valued award was a trip to National 4-H Congress as the Iowa Visual Arts project winner. At an early age, Karen became an ISU Cyclone fan. With her family, she attended many basketball and football games. She attended Iowa State University, lived in Lowe House, Friley Hall and enrolled in Family and Consumer Sciences her first year. At the beginning of her second year, she set her goal to become a certified public accountant. She transferred to pre-business and then to accounting. In her residence, she served as treasurer her sophomore and junior years. Karen was selected as a member of the Student Alumni Association and served as a Cyclone Guide 1989-90. She also served as secretary of the 1990 Iowa State University Parent’s Weekend Committee. She had just joined the accounting club. She loved her activities and served very conscientiously to the best of her ability. Karen valued education and was a fine academic student achieving a 3.88 grade point average. She was named to the Dean’s List each semester. She was ambitious, organized and dedicated. She loved Iowa State and enjoyed being a student here. She felt strongly about good moral character and lived her life practicing such. In 1986, she was diagnosed as having an irregular heartbeat. She was on medication but there had been no indication of this being life threatening. She was in the first semester of her junior year and on her way to class on October 15, 1990, when she collapsed and died instantly. Her death was attributed to the heart condition. The scholarships that Karen received as a student meant so much to her. She appreciated them and was thrilled to be a recipient. Karen Hunter’s parents, sister, family and friends have established the Karen K. Hunter Memorial Scholarship in her honor.
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