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.