ISU 4U Promise News


  • New curriculum guides communities on engaging with youth, Dec. 16, 2020. Read article.


  • Fulfilling the ISU 4U Promise: Integrated studio arts sophomore Lorena San Elias, Dec. 10, 2019. Read article.
  • From “Bad Kid” to Now: Imposter Syndrome and My Self-Esteem Battle – by Jasani Whitehead, ISU 4U Promise Volunteer, Oct. 15, 2019. Read article.
  • Senator Harris Visits King Elementary School, Oct. 2019. See photos.
  • Journey to Not Knowing – by Harry Nguyen, ISU 4U Promise Volunteer, Sept. 27, 2019. Read article.
  • Beto O’Rourke Drops Off School Supplies at Moulton, August 2019. See photos.
  • DMPS Mourns Death of 2018 Graduate Kevin Truong, July 5, 2019. Read article.
  • ISU 4U Promise students busy wrapping up first year on campus, April 25, 2019. Read article.
  • Alpha Gamma Rho Members Enrich Kindergarten Classrooms Through ISU 4U Promise Program, March 29, 2019. Read article.


  • Urban Ecosystems project furthers science education, Oct. 8, 2018. Read article.
  • From Des Moines to Ames: ISU 4U students start first year at college, August 30, 2018. Read article.
  • ISU 4U Promise Program Keeps Its Promise to Students, August 6, 2018. Read article.
  • Moulton GRIT Sets Its Sights on Iowa State University, May 31, 2018. Read article.
  • ISU’s “Principal” Renews Promise to King, Moulton, May 10, 2018. Read article.
  • College of Human Sciences to recognize graduating seniors at spring convocation, April 30, 2018. Read article.
  • ISU 4U brings high schoolers from Des Moines to Ames, March 27, 2018. Read article.
  • First ISU 4U cohort applying for fall 2018 admission, Jan. 8, 2018. Read article.
  • First ISU 4U cohort applying for fall 2018 admission. Read article.


  • ISU 4U Promise makes college a reality for Des Moines students, Jan. 23, 2017. Read article. 


  • Young scientists head to Mosquito Camp, July 27, 2016. Read article.
  • Moulton’s struggles reflect Iowa’s minority learning gaps, May 16, 2016. Read article.
  • King, Moulton 5th Graders are ISU 4U Promise “Shining Stars,” Feb. 2, 2016. Read article. 
  • ISU 4U Promise hosts mini-conference, Jan. 25, 2016. Read article. 


  • ISU researchers aim to boost science education with summertime pest, August 11, 2015. Read article.
  • ISU 4U Promise students to attend DAVinCI Flight Camp, August 3, 2015. Read article. 
  • More than a promise: ISU 4U aims to offer more than financial assistance, April 6, 2015. Read article.
  • Leath signs promise agreement with Des Moines school district, Jan. 15, 2015. Read article
  • Elementary students promised place at ISU, Jan. 13, 2015. Read article.
  • Iowa State expands college opportunity through ISU 4U Promise, Jan. 8, 2015. Read article.


  • ISU volunteers help with Moulton Elementary service project, Jan. 17, 2014. Read article.


  • New Iowa State partnership with King, Moulton seen as two-way street, March 4, 2013. Read article.
  • Leath urges students to seize college opportunity, Jan. 31, 2013. Read article.


  • ISU 4U: Ten Years Later,” part of WHOtv’s Continuing the Conversation series. August 21, 2020. Watch here.
  • “Just Because I’m ___ Doesn’t Mean I’m ___,” Moulton video by Principal Eddie McCulley, Jan. 25, 2019. Watch here.
  • “Rebirth Once More,” Video created by ISU 4U Promise student Lorena San Elias, Jan. 22, 2019. Watch here.
  • “ISU has been pretty great so far,” Informal video of Darrick Burrage’s (ISU 4U Promise student) original performance at the ISU 4U Promise Mini Conference, Jan. 2019. Watch here.
  • ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) ISU 4U: They kept their promise and stayed in school…now Iowa State University is keeping its promise to them. August 18, 2018. Watch here.
  • “Why I Teach,” Video from ISU’s School of Education featuring Cassidy Bilharz from Urban Ecosystem Project, May 4, 2018. Watch here.
  • Mosquitoes & Me 2018 Summer Camp Recruitment Video. Watch here.
  • ISU 4U Promise Mosquitoes and Me summer camp, July 27, 2016. Watch video.
  • The ISU 4U Promise gives some elementary students a chance to earn free tuition at Iowa State, Jan. 13, 2015. Watch video.
  • One year anniversary of ISU, Moulton and King partnership, Jan. 22, 2014. View video.
  • New Iowa State partnership promises opportunity for Des Moines students, Jan. 31, 2013. View video.


  • Part 1 – Leading Equity with Sheldon Eakins – Podcast interview with Dr. Katherine Richardson Bruna (Founding Director/Professor In Charge, ISU 4U Promise), Kisha Barnes (Principal, King Elementary), and Brent Osborne (Community Site Coordinator, Moulton Elementary). Listen here.
  • Part 2 – Leading Equity with Sheldon Eakins – Podcast interview with Eddie McCulley (Principal, Moulton Elementary), Hannah Olson (Community Alliance member), Luis Orellana (Parent of three ISU 4U Promise students), and Shari Miller (Program Coordinator, ISU 4U Promise). Listen here.
  • Students Take Flight at Summer Camp – All Things Considered, IPR, August 7, 2015. Listen here.

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