2022 Alumnae Scholarship Recipient Announced


Grace Davis Selected By Joyce Ivy Alumnae

ANN ARBOR, MI, April 15, 2022 – ​The Joyce Ivy Foundation recently announced the names of seventy-eight young women receiving 2022 summer scholarships for pre-college study at highly selective colleges and universities. From the group of 2022 Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars, Grace Davis, a junior at Brookings High School in Brookings, South Dakota, has been selected to receive the 2022 Alumnae Scholarship.

Since 2013, the Joyce Ivy Foundation has designated a Scholar in the incoming cohort as an Alumnae Scholarship recipient. This student is selected directly by Joyce Ivy alumnae, and her scholarship is supported by gifts made by the alumnae community throughout the year, including during the annual Giving Tuesday and Pay-it-Forward campaigns. To date, the Joyce Ivy Foundation has named 1050 Summer Scholars, including seventy-eight members of the 2022 cohort.

“I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to work alongside my fellow Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholar alumnae to coordinate this year’s Giving Tuesday Campaign, “ said Carly Wheeler, JIF ‘20 and Senior Fellow for Alumnae Giving. “I know first hand the incredible things that happen when a young woman becomes part of the Joyce Ivy family, and it’s an honor to be a part of the effort to provide those opportunities to future generations. The Joyce Ivy Foundation has made such an incredible impact on my life, and I cannot wait to see how many more lives we can touch after our tremendously successful 2021-2022 campaign.” 

Grace Davis has been selected as the 2022 recipient of the Alumnae Scholarship. Grace is a standout student at Brookings High School, where she ranks third in her class of 243 with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Beyond her academic prowess, she is a talented athlete, winning multiple state championships with the Sioux Falls Swim Team and serving as an athlete representative to the South Dakota Swimming Board of Directors. Grace has been a National Qualifier and Top 30 Finisher for competitive speech and serves as co-editor for her high school’s Journalism Club. While she appreciates the lessons she has learned growing up on a farm in rural South Dakota, Grace is excited to explore during a summer program at Brown University. 

“Remember the name “Grace Davis” – this young woman is destined for great things,” said Allison Jegla, JIF ‘10 and Co-Chair of the Summer Scholars Selection Committee. “In addition to her stellar academic profile, the Selection Committee noted Grace’s mature voice, impressive leadership skills, and desire to use her experience to bring communities together. As she forges her path in the world, we are confident that Grace will continue to be an ambassador for South Dakota, rural students, and Joyce Ivy”. 

I’ve lived on a farm in rural South Dakota all my life. The freedom of the countryside has always inspired me – I see infinite possibilities in the vast expanse of land and sky, and I have always wanted to explore it all,” said Grace Davis, 2022 Summer Scholar and recipient of the Alumnae Scholarship. “Now, with the help of the Joyce Ivy Foundation, I have an opportunity to do just that. I am grateful beyond words to the Joyce Ivy Alumnae for believing in me and generously offering me their support, and I can only hope that, through my studies this summer and beyond, I will be able to give the same gifts of inspiration and opportunity to the next generation of hopeful young women like me”. 

The 2022 Summer Scholars will be honored during the seventeenth annual Summer Scholars Gala on May 14, taking place in Detroit, Michigan. The Gala will feature an address by the 2022 Joyce Ivy Foundation Leader of the Year, Lisa Corless, President & CEO of AF Group. The Foundation will also honor five Woman of Impact award recipients: Echo Brown, Kimberly Dowdell, Christina Koch, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, and Monique Lamoureux-Morando. ​

About The Joyce Ivy Foundation

The Joyce Ivy Foundation seeks to provide exposure, encouragement, and financial assistance to young women who have the academic, intellectual, and leadership potential to attend the nation’s most selective institutions of higher education. Funding for the Joyce Ivy Foundation is provided by individuals, other foundations, and corporations. Since its founding in 2006, the Foundation has named 1050 students from Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and South Dakota as Joyce Ivy Scholars, providing scholarships for them to attend summer educational programs at partner college summer programs, and providing or leveraging $5.5 million in scholarship funding. For more information, please visit www.joyceivyfoundation.org or contact the Joyce Ivy Foundation at info@joyceivyfoundation.org or (734) 661-0229.