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About the Partnership

The ISU 4U Promise program began in 2013 as a result of a conversation between Dr. Steven Leath, president of Iowa State University, and Ako Abdul-Samad, state representative and community leader. Iowa State University partnered with Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS) to create a new pathway to college for students at King and Moulton elementary schools. The pathway allows students from the two schools to earn tuition awards to attend Iowa State. 

Watch the video below to see the announcement of the ISU 4U Promise in 2013.

Today, the ISU 4U Promise is a partnership among the Iowa State University School of Education, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa State University Financial Aid, Des Moines Public Schools, and many of the community organizations that serve the youth and families of King and Moulton elementary schools. Together these various stakeholders will aim to make college a reality for the students of King and Moulton elementary schools.


“Since I was 4 I’ve always taken an interest in cooking. I’ve always looked up to Bobby Flay. Someday I want to be good as Bobby Flay, and I know I have to go to college to fulfill my dream.”

“When I go to college I want to be a photographer and go to china and Africa to take pictures of wildlife. I also want to study different languages.”

“I want to go to college to become a teacher for 4th graders. I want to take lots of classes. I want to take math, Spanish, English and history and many more. I also want to go to college to meet new people and learn many new things.”

“I want to go to college because I want to be something in life. I’ve been thinking about what college I want to go to and it’s really a big deal. I finally chose though and I want to go to Iowa State University. In life I have two amazing and encouraging parents. They really support me. Sometimes I think that life moves too fast. Kids think they already know that they’re going to do, but then everything changes.”

“When I go to college I want to study nursing to work at a hospital and help the sick. I will graduate college and get my degree.”

“I want to go to college because I dreamt about going to college and I want to learn about animals and their habitats. Also I want to study space and galaxies. I also like sports. Also I want to play football in college.”

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