ISU Graduate Students Receive Distance Education Scholarships

April 8th, 2005

Seven Iowa State University graduate students have been awarded Virgil K. Webster Scholarships to pursue master’s degrees using distance education.

The award is presented annually to selected students interested in agronomy who demonstrate extension experience, desire to work as extension specialists or plan to pursue degrees using distance education.

The following recipients of the 2005 Virgil K. Webster Scholarships are involved in the masters of science in agronomy distance education program: Angela Begosh, Mediapolis; Diane De Jong, Carlsbad, Calif.; Douglas Doty, Sidney; Rhett Kerby, Lubbock, Texas; Carol Martin, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada; and Ken O’Brien, Carroll. Clarke McGrath from Lewis is a scholarship recipient in the professional agriculture distance education program.

Virgil K. Webster graduated from Iowa State in 1925 with a bachelor’s degree in farm crops and soils. He joined Iowa State Extension as a county agricultural agent in Palo Alto County in 1927, left to serve in the Office of Farm Management and the Soil Conservation Service and returned to extension as an area agronomist serving Northeast Iowa in 1943. He remained there until his retirement in 1967.


Jesse Drew, Agronomy, (515) 294- 6737,
Melea Reicks Licht, Agronomy, (515) 294-1890,