McFarlin Scholars

in honor of Bonnie and Dale McFarlin

The application period for the McFarlin Scholarship has passed.

The McFarlin Scholars program has been established in recognition of LaVonne "Bonnie" and Dale McFarlin, who left an estate gift of $1.38 million to St. Ambrose University for scholarship support.

St. Ambrose University will award four, $4,000 tuition scholarships to eligible students who show leadership experience (and a desire to lead in the future) and demonstrate financial need.

These invitation-only scholarships include a mentoring relationship between each recipient and a dean from one of the three colleges – Arts and Sciences; Business; or Health and Human Services – or with the vice president for academic affairs.

Undergraduate students admitted to St. Ambrose University may apply to be a McFarlin Scholar if they meet the following qualifications:

  • Fully admitted first-year or transfer student entering the university in the Fall
  • Iowa resident, preference given to applicants from Davenport high schools or rural Iowa schools
  • Unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Minimum ACT composite score of 20 or minimum SAT score of 1040
  • FAFSA must be filed by January 15, 2020

Apply to be a McFarlin Scholar


About Bonnie McFarlin

Lavonne Grace McFarlin, known to her friends as Bonnie, was a friendly and outgoing woman who loved life and learning. Bonnie loved to make new friends wherever she went.

Bonnie and her husband Dale moved to Davenport and purchased a six-plex near Vander Veer Park, a few blocks from St. Ambrose. They walked around the park and St. Ambrose campus regularly, and were taken by the friendliness of students and staff. Bonnie and her husband were not blessed with children of their own so they enjoyed getting to know the students and hearing about their education. Thus began a 40-year relationship with the university.

As they began to accumulate wealth and Dale's health issues arose, Bonnie and Dale discussed what to do with their estate. Both Bonnie and Dale felt that the ability to achieve a college education was an important part of everyone's future. They felt that St. Ambrose embodied the educational spirit, mission, and drive that best matched their ideals.

Thinking of their legacy and impact, an endowed scholarship was a logical step, and the Dale and Lavonne 'Bonnie' McFarlin Endowed Scholarship Fund was created.


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