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Clarke Senior Joshua Prindle Awarded McElroy Trust Graduate Fellowship

April 30, 2018
Clarke Senior Josh Prindle, Award Recipient

Clarke University is pleased to announce that a McElroy Trust graduate fellowship has been awarded to Joshua Prindle. Prindle is from Lena, IL and is a senior at Clarke University. He will graduate from Clarke this May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

The thirty-fifth annual graduate fellowships granted by the R. J. McElroy Trust were awarded to Anthony DeCeanne of Coe College and Joshua Prindle of Clarke University. The fellowships carry a stipend of up to $36,000 and are paid over three years. DeCeanne and Prindle were selected from a field of finalists from colleges and universities in Northeast Iowa.

The fellowships, established by the McElroy Trustees in 1983, are designed to encourage persons of accomplishment, intelligence, integrity, and leadership ability to pursue challenging academic careers.

Clarke President Joanne Burrows, SC, Ph.D., praised the academic and leadership accomplishments of Prindle.

“Clarke University is grateful for the McElroy Trust and the many educational benefits it provides. We are honored to once again have a recipient, and we are thrilled for Joshua. He is a young man of outstanding intellectual ability, proven leadership potential, and diverse talents,” said Burrows.

Prindle will pursue a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Sunil Malapati, Clarke Professor of Biochemistry, said about Prindle, “Even as a freshman, Josh demonstrated an uncanny ability to find the links between courses, and ask probing questions of faculty. Josh’s in-depth grasp of chemical and physical concepts in addition to his ability to articulate his understanding enhance every class he is in. However, it is his exuberance and transparent joy during those ‘aha’ moments that invigorates the instructor and energizes the class.”

The McElroy Fellowships were established to support students seeking higher education. The Trust benefactor, R. J. McElroy was a pioneer broadcaster who started the Black Hawk Broadcasting Company in 1947. He died in 1965.

For more information, contact Stacy Van Gorp with R. J. McElroy Trust at (319) 287-9102.