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Twenty Iowa Students Named Athene USA Game Changer Scholars

June 14, 2021
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Athene USA (“Athene”) a leading provider of retirement savings products, announced the 20 Iowa students to be named to the inaugural class of the Athene USA Game Changer Scholars. The 20 students come from towns and cities across the state and represent the next generation of diverse individuals who will help drive change in our communities. 

The Game Changer Scholars program was created to support underrepresented Latino/Latina/Latinx/Hispanic and Black/African American students in reaching their educational goals. The program will award $40,000 in scholarships on an annual basis through 20 individual scholarships for $2,000 each. Game Changer Scholars recipients must be Iowa residents with plans to attend college or university in Iowa. 

The 2021 Game Changer Scholars are as follows: 

  • Eunique Adair, Des Moines
  • Khadija Aden, Des Moines
  • Volta Adovor, Ankeny
  • Ferdinand Alobo, Des Moines
  • Jorge Carrillo, Marshalltown
  • Maya Chadwick, Ames
  • Celeste Chadwick, Ames
  • Holland Craig, Davenport
  • Pablo Cuevas Montes, Davenport
  • Kevin Diep, Eldridge
  • Aldo Grijalva, Sioux City
  • Eman Hagos, Des Moines
  • Caleb Hoyt, Johnston
  • Juliana Ibarra, Marshalltown
  • Cindy Lara, Sioux City
  • Christian Luna, Dubuque
  • Emily Nguyen, Des Moines
  • Alison Peralta, Grimes
  • Karlehna Rosales Gearhart, West Des Moines
  • Mya Williams, Des Moines

“Athene is committed to supporting education initiatives, especially those that help further diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Kristi Burma, EVP of Human Resources at Athene. “The Game Changer Scholars program was designed to ensure underrepresented minority students have the opportunity to pursue their education goals. As a company, we recognize the importance of investing in our future leaders and are excited to see how these students use their talent, perspective and experiences to impact our state.”

About Athene USA
Athene USA is a subsidiary of Athene Holding Ltd, a leading financial services company with total assets of $205.7 billion as of March 31, 2021, which specializes in helping its customers achieve financial security and serving as a solutions provider to institutions. Athene USA is headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa and is the principal operating location for Athene’s business in the United States. Athene USA serves hundreds of thousands of customers across all 50 states, and through its predecessor companies, has been serving American consumers for more than 100 years. Further information about Athene can be found at