The generosity of East High Alumni has made higher education, from trade schools to 4 year colleges, available to students that may not have had the resources to pursue. Below are a few comments from several recipients of these scholarships. If you have a story to share, please submit to us at

Joshua Young, East High alumnus from the class of 2004, graduated from Drake University with a BA in Rhetoric and Communication Studies. He then went on to attain his Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Communication Studies. He currently attends the University of North Dakota pursuing a PhD in Communication and Public Discourse. He will graduate May of 2015 after completing his dissertation entitled, Powwow in Public: Non-Native Circulations of Native Culture.  With a career in academics, Josh hopes to become a college instructor working on research in intercultural communication and delivery of the basic college communication course. He has been published in the Iowa Journal of Communication and has presented at numerous national communication conferences. He was awarded the Distinguished Douglas M. Trank Award for top paper in the basic course division at the Central States Communication Association. After graduating from EHS, Josh remained active in the community serving as a Boy Scout leader in a local troop, volunteering as an EHS track scorer, working with the EHS speech and debate team, and organizing contributions to the Class of 2004 scholarship.

Catherine Swoboda graduated from EHS in 2004. She received the Wakefield Scholarship from EHS and attended Iowa State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and a master’s degree in science in crop production and physiology. Upon graduation, Catherine worked with the Science Policy Office of the Agronomy, Crop & Soil Science Societies of America in Washington, DC. In 2011 Swoboda returned to Des Moines to work with the World Food Prize Foundation as the Director of Iowa and Midwest Education Programs, inspiring high school students to commit themselves to the fight against hunger and pursue educational and career paths in STEM fields. In March 2014 Swoboda was named Director of Planning at the World Food Prize, a role in which she will oversee the World Food Prize’s annual Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium. Appointed by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad in 2011, she currently serves on the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. In November 2013 Catherine was named Iowa State University’s youngest-ever outstanding young alumna.

Timothy Page received a Foundation scholarship when he graduated from East High in 1998. He then attended the University of Northern Iowa, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 2003. Tim also joined the Army ROTC program at UNI and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in 2003. Tim has been on active duty for 11 years and has served two tours of duty in Iraq, earning multiple Bronze Star Medals. Today, Tim is a Major in the U.S. Army and is currently a student at the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS.

Rochelle Remus received an alumni scholarship upon graduating from East High School in 2004. The scholarship helped Rochelle to pursue her studies at the University of Northern Iowa with a major in biology and chemistry. She continued her education at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Rochelle is currently a second year pediatric resident at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in Saint Louis, MO. Her hopes are to return to the Des Moines area as a general pediatrician in the summer of 2015.

After graduation from East High School in 1994, Adam Fuller attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. While at Luther, he majored in Biology, lettered four years in diving, and participated in APO (a service fraternity). Adam also set a pool record in diving during his senior year. In 1998, Adam graduated with a BA and then worked for a year as a dental assistant. He was accepted into dental school at the University of Iowa in the fall of 1999. In 2003, Adam graduated from dental school with honors.
For the past ten years, Adam has practiced dentistry with his dad (Fred Fuller, Class of 1966) on the east side of Des Moines. He has been married for almost 15 years and has three active children. While in Des Moines, Adam has served as president of his church and the Des Moines District Dental Society. He has worked with the Smile Squad for ten years, providing free dentistry to schoolchildren. Recently, Adam accepted the position of section chair of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.