Emily Duff Receives Jeff Zimpleman Scholarship to Study in Florence, Italy

May 21, 2019

Emily Duff, a senior Psychology major at Grand View, has been awarded the Jeff Zimpleman Iowa Sister States Scholarship. Emily was selected to receive $4,500 to help fund her trip to Italy. Emily is learning about Italian culture while enrolled at the Lorenzo de Medici Program in Florence. Recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site for its unique monuments and architecture, Florence is the epitome of a global city, reflecting the world’s diverse cultures, ethnicities, ideas, and forms of creativity. Emily Duff's study includes multiple summer excursions, including Venice, where she will study psychology on site. Venice is located in the state of Veneto, a sister state of Iowa. 

Jeff Zimpleman Iowa Sister States Scholarship was launched to give Iowa college students a chance to make their own global connections. It supports semester-long study abroad, summer study, study tours and other travel opportunities in places that are sister states with Iowa. Throughout his life, Jeff loved to travel and valued the opportunities to learn that it provided.  He traveled widely and often, and in his 36 years he visited 30 countries; studied business in Spain; saw 6 of the 7 continents; and ventured above the Arctic Circle. Traveling always provided chances to meet new people and experience new cultures, whether in the classroom or out, and he relished these opportunities.

Iowa Sister States is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization based in Des Moines, Iowa. They strive to build sustainable international partnerships that connect Iowans to the world community. Iowa has a powerful history of citizen diplomacy, and our dedicated volunteers and staff are proud to continue this legacy.

Grand View offers a variety of international study abroad and domestic study away programs that engage students in opportunities to enhance their learning beyond the classroom. 

Congratulations and safe travels, Emily!