Gabrielle Dirusso, of Middletown, was selected as one of 60 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students to receive the Fred Foreman Scholarship for Growth in Leadership Participation.

Dirusso, a student in Animal Science at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, was selected for a combination of classroom performance and out-of-class leadership and volunteerism. The Fred Foreman Scholarship is awarded to top students who serve the college by acting as peer mentors, club officers and representing the college on competitive teams with a preference for students in activities that assist in recruiting prospective students.

The Foreman Scholarship is renewable and can be received by students a maximum of three times to encourage continued participation. In addition, the scholarship features 55 $1,000 awards and five $5,000 awards, with top performing student leaders competing for the top five awards.

Scholarship recipients are invited to be recognized at an annual dinner where they have the opportunity to meet with the family who funds the award. The students dine with the donors, CALS faculty and staff and the other recipients of the award. In addition, speeches are offered by students, faculty and alumni paying tribute to the group's accomplishments and how they exemplify the values of the late Animal Science professor, Fred Foreman.