Honors Advisory Committee
Students to Assist Recruiting
Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow
UI Philharmonia Orchestra
Marketing, Management, and Political Science (majors), Music (minor)
Like all direct admits to the Tippie College of Business, Jeralyn Westercamp's academic achievements ensured her a place in the Direct Admission Program. In addition, she was named a Tippie Scholar, a highly competitive scholarship which is based on the recipient's academic merit, leadership and community involvement, and an essay.
Thanks to her family's UI legacy of two graduate and three undergraduate degrees, Jeralyn was already familiar with the Tippie College. However, enrolling in the college as a freshman was a dramatic change.
"It's entirely different," says Jeralyn, a marketing, management, and political science major from Cedar Rapids. "Before, your parents had a bigger hold on you academically. There's a lot more trust and responsibility shifted on you."
The aspiring hospital administrator embraces the responsibility of setting her own schedule. And she's got a lot to do, including honors course work and study toward a music minor (she plays viola in the UI Philharmonia Orchestra).
The Direct Admit Seminar also encourages students to immediately become active members of the college and UI communities.
Jeralyn also participated in the Honors Advisory Committee, Hawkeye Hometown through Students to Assist Recruiting (STAR), and Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT). Through the Class of 2013 Photo Project, she has documented highlights, such as attending the Orange Bowl with her sisters. Jeralyn continues to volunteer at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City, where she has racked up more than 900 hours over the years.
Over spring break, Jeralyn focused on her honors service learning project on CR HomeWorks, the flood-related nonprofit organization she founded to help Cedar Rapidians restock their homes. Since September 2008, the organization has received $100,000 in donations, providing 63 families with new housewares, including linens, kitchen items, toys, and small appliances.
All of the opportunities, says Jeralyn, "are great career builders."