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Competitive Scholarships

Biographies of Recent Winners from UNI

Josh MahoneyJosh Mahoney

2010 Walter Byers Scholar

Degree: UNI: B.A., Economics, English, 2009

Educational Pursuit: University of Chicago Law School

Future Plans: Promote social justice


A native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Josh Mahoney served as the middle linebacker for the UNI Panther football team. The leadership role on the field turned out to be a great fit for Mahoney, who proved to be successful both on the field and in the classroom.

In 50 career games for UNI, Mahoney made 247 tackles. He led the team in tackles as a junior and senior. He was a two-time, first-team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference honoree and a three-time academic all-conference performer.

Mahoney posted a perfect 4.0 grade point average while majoring in both economics and English. Mahoney was a two-time Division I Academic All-America honoree for the Panthers. Mahoney was a Presidential Scholar and Dean's List student at UNI. He was also selected as one of 15 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, commonly referred to as the Academic Heisman. One of his favorite undergraduate classes was a law and economics course, which led him to pursue a law degree. Mahoney is currently working toward his J.D. at the University of Chicago Law School.


Alicia (Irons) RosburgAlicia Irons

2006 McElroy Fellow

Degree: UNI: B.A., Economics, 2006

Educational Pursuit:  Ph.D., Economics, Iowa State University

Future Plans: College professor


Alicia Irons was awarded the 2006 McElroy Trust PhD Fellowship to help fund graduate school expenses. The award of $10,000 per year for three years recognized Alicia's potential as a PhD student.

The McElroy Fellowship is awarded annually to two graduates of the ten colleges in northeast Iowa. Alicia was the sixth recipient from UNI in the history of the fellowship and the fourth winner from the Department of Economics. Previous winners include Ted Juhl ('93), Adam Golombos ('98), and Nick Sly ('04).  

As an undergraduate, Alicia was a Provost Scholarship recipient and a member of the UNI Women’s Basketball Team, playing at the point guard position. She was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee that works with UNI athletes and coordinates volunteer work in the Cedar Valley.


Nick SlyNick Sly

2004 McElroy Fellow 

Degree: UNI: B.A., Economics, Mathematics, 2004

Educational Pursuit: Michigan State University: Ph.D., Economics, 2009

Current Employer: University of Oregon: Assistant Professor, Department of Economics  

Nick Sly was the 2004 McElroy Trust Ph.D. Fellowship recipient, and the fifth recipient from UNI to receive the award. Nick received $10,000 per year for three years to attend Michigan State University for a Ph.D. in Economics.

At UNI, he was a tutor and student assistant for the math department. He served on the student government executive committee, led various sub-committees, and was a liaison between city governments and Iowa universities.  Nick also showed leadership outside the classroom by leading rock-climbing expeditions.

Nick is now an assistant professor of economics at the University of Oregon with interests in international trade and labor and applied microeconomics.