Altrusa International of Ames recently awarded Louise Rosenfeld Memorial Educational Grants to two deserving applicants.

Leslie Dooley, who delayed pursuing her advanced education to care for her children, is currently in the ISU human development and family studies master’s program. Kary Kowalke is returning to ISU as a nontraditional student, majoring in graphic design, while continuing to work part time to support her family.

Applicants were required to be Story County residents and either be enrolled in — or have applied to — a program to further their education or improve their vocational skills.

Louise Rosenfeld, a 1979 Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame Honoree and state home economics director of ISU’s Cooperative Extension Service, was one of the pioneers of the Ames Altrusa Club, and deeply passionate about improving skills through education. The Ames chapter annually awards this educational grant through proceeds from their Holiday Home Tour, a local holiday favorite for almost 30 years.

The service-oriented Altrusa International of Ames meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the YSS Jacobson Center, 420 Kellogg Ave. in Ames. For more about the organization, send an email to or give them a “like” on Facebook.