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At Iowa State, Terhall finds that leadership has its rewards

Wins $2,000 President’s Leadership Initiative Award scholarship

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 9:38 a.m. CST

AMES, Iowa — Nicholas Terhall has a lot on his plate.

At Iowa State University, where he will be a junior next year, Terhall is president of his residence hall, a member of student government, and a participant in the honors program.

All of it, the Morris resident said, feeds his passion for helping others and taking the lead. His actions haven’t gone unnoticed.

Recently, Terhall won a $2,000 President’s Leadership Initiative Award scholarship from the university, which will help him whittle down his out-of-state tuition, but also shows that the school values his contributions.

“I feel pretty honored,” Terhall said. “It’s really nice to get that kind of recognition from the university.”

A 2011 graduate of Morris Community High School, Terhall had played basketball, soccer and was involved in National Honor Society.

But it wasn’t until becoming a Cyclone that he said he really started taking on leadership roles.

“It’s a very supportive university,” Terhall said. “I think the atmosphere here is different than at a lot of campuses.”

It’s a more collaborative environment, Terhall said.

He lived on an honors floor in his dorm, where residents motivated each other to work hard and take on extracurricular responsibilities.

That might be what inspired him to run for student government, where he now attempts to solve issues like overcrowding in residence halls.

“One of the biggest parts is working with a lot of different people,” Terhall said.

That is a lesson he carries with him as he works through his major, aerospace engineering, and a minor in general business.

He would like to go into project development.

Terhall had to apply for the award, which required him to put together a resume, turn in two letters of recommendation and write an essay.

“I was pretty excited,” Terhall said of receiving the award.

Part of his success, he said, is owed to the college he attends.

“Iowa State is wonderful,” Terhall said. “I absolutely love it here.”

And with this scholarship, it is clear that love goes both ways.

“As an out-of-state student, this will definitely help lower tuition costs,” Terhall said. “Moving forward, it’s affirmation that what I’m doing here is valued and making a difference.”

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