Tyler Closser, a Davis County High School senior, was notified Thursday he has been selected to receive a 2021 Hixson Opportunity Award from Iowa State University.
The Opportunity Award provides $4,500 in tuition and fee expenses per semester over eight semesters for a total amount of $18,000.
The Opportunity Award is named after Iowa native Christina Hixson, the lead donor in establishing the award program. One hundred Iowa seniors per year are selected as recipients in the award program.
Closser, the son of Bob and Alyssa Closser, will be off to ISU in the fall to major in horticulture. He has already accumulated 41 hours in college credits through the dual credit program provided by Davis County High School and Indian Hills Community College.
Closser credits Neric Smith, IHCC instructor, for introducing him to sports turf grass technology — his area of special interest. Smith is a former DCHS graduate who teaches horticulture at Indian Hills.
Closser has been involved in football, bowling, and FFA while in high school. He is an honor student at DCHS and has also been on IHCC’s Dean’s List. Closser has been employed by J’s One Stop while in high school and has also worked at CMTEL during the summer months.
Closser said he had two offers to play football at the college level — at William Penn and Simpson — but the Hixson Award will take precedence and he will be off to ISU.
As Closser prepares for college, he is thankful for the guidance and influence of his parents; grandparents Bruce and Heidi Jones; IHCC instructor Neric Smith; Coach Kent Anderson; James Schooley, a co-worker and best friend at CMTEL; and all of his teachers and mentors.