Ninety area high school seniors received nearly $150,000 in college scholarships awarded by the Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation on Wednesday at New Horizons Presbyterian Church in Council Bluffs.
Several hundred students, parents, scholarship donors and school counselors and administrators attended the event.
Scholarships were awarded to students after completing an application and essay. Applications were scored blindly by the SWIEF Board of Directors without identification of the student or high school attended.
Attendees were treated to a breakfast hosted by the foundation’s board. After receiving their scholarship, the students were given a chance to interact with donors of their scholarships.
The Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation was founded over 30 years ago to improve access to post-secondary education for southwest Iowa students. President Tori Christie said the gifts made by people and families, along with civic groups and organizations, help provide funds for the scholarships.
This year’s scholarship winners and their schools included:
• Misty Dawn Tamayo Memorial Scholarship, Rachel Teten, Underwood
• Nick Benzing Memorial Scholarship, Ashley Wilcox, Underwood
• Paul and Lana Taylor Memorial Scholarship, Gracee Meyer, East Mills
• Phil and Barbara Willson Memorial Scholarship, Ruby Crow, Glenwood
• Phil L. & Karen J. Nielsen Memorial Scholarship, Bradley Krug, Thomas Jefferson
• Pottawattamie County Bar Association Scholarship, Hunter Goehring, Underwood
• Pottawattamie County Cattleman’s Association Scholarship, Claire Wilder, Abraham Lincoln
• Pottawattamie County Cattleman’s Association Scholarship, Katelyn Duffy, Lewis Central
• Reason-Lekander Memorial Scholarship, Devyn Moore, Riverside
• Reason-Lekander Memorial Scholarship, Jaycee Mansfield Gutheil, Riverside
• Riverside Links Scholarship, Kyra Martens, current college student
• Robert and Marbeth Hamilton — ROTC Scholarship, Claire Jones, Abraham Lincoln
• Robert and Marbeth Hamilton— ROTC Scholarship, Jeddiah Boyd, Thomas Jefferson
• Robert E. and Marcia A. Hastings Memorial Scholarship, Joseph Harding, Abraham Lincoln
• Robert H. and Elizabeth H. O’Brien Memorial Scholarship, Keyla Deal, Thomas Jefferson
• Robert Heithoff Memorial Scholarship, Jackson Dunning, St. Albert
• Robert Heithoff Memorial Scholarship, Adam Dreismeier, Abraham Lincoln
• Ryan Nash Memorial, Andrew Casson, Riverside
• Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation Scholarship, Kelsi Hansen, Abraham Lincoln
• Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation Scholarship, Terrell Morrison, Abraham Lincoln
• Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation Scholarship, Savannah Rodriguez, Missouri Valley
• Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation Scholarship, Jenna Dieatrick, Thomas Jefferson
• Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation Scholarship, Joslynn Williams, Clarinda
• Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation Scholarship, Schaa Cailey, Abraham Lincoln
• Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation Scholarship (in Honor of Abbie Crawford), Peter Turner, Tri-Center
• Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation Scholarship (in Honor of Carol Forristall), Sydney Murphy, Riverside
• TJHS Class of 1965 Quandt Memorial Scholarship, Chandler Squibb, Thomas Jefferson
• Underwood Optimist Club College/University Scholarship, Lauren Shapcott, Underwood
• Underwood Optimist Club Scholarship, Luke Pearson, Underwood
• Underwood Optimist Club Vocational/Technical/Trade Scholarship, Isadora Wilson, Underwood
• Warren N. and Cecile D. Wells Memorial Scholarship, Jaime Katzenstein, Thomas Jefferson
• Western Iowa Mutual Insurance Association Scholarship, Clara Genereux, St. Albert
• Western Iowa Mutual Insurance Association Scholarship, Cale Schmidt, Griswold
• Western Iowa Mutual Insurance Association Scholarship, Heath Ogg, Griswold
• Western Iowa Mutual Insurance Association Scholarship, Brandon Magnuson, Underwood
• Willson & Pechacek P.L.C. Scholarship, Jacob Bartley, Harlan
• Witt Memorial Scholarship, Mateya Peters, Griswold.
Posted by Byron Rodriguez