Iowa State University President Steven Leath and Drake University President David Maxwell were at the White House Thursday for a summit about expanding the opportunity for low income students to attend college.
Leath says ISU is focusing on fundraising to provide scholarships for needy students and that fundraising effort is off to a good start.
ISU also plans to hire an additional staff member to work directly with recruitment and the application process for low income students. Maxwell used the summit to introduce a project to bring more low income students to the Drake campus in Des Moines.
With help from Drake counselors and students, these 20 low income students will be mentored throughout high school and college. Principal Financial Group in Des Moines is a partner in the project with Drake. It will offer internships and possibly jobs for top performing students.