Harriet Klath was an active in the Mason City community, participating in numberous clubs, such as; the Monday Club, PEO, Mason City Women's Club, the First United Methodist Church, the Novel Club, Girl Scouts, the YWCA, and the League of Women Voters. In addition, Harriet was a life-long learner. She enjoyed reading, especially history and politics and regulary took classes and participated in study clubs.
Since education was so important to Harriet, after her dealth in 1988, her children, Norman and Carol Klath Schmiedeskamp created this scholarhship in her memory. "My brother and I always knew the education was very important to our parents. There was never any question that we would go to college," said Carol. In addition, Klath's childre and grandchild remember her continual encouragement to "work up to your potential."
The Harriet Klath Memorial Scholarship is designed for a prebaccalaureate major who has financial need. The Harriet Klath Memorial Scholarship will continue to help NIACC students achieve their potential by opening the doors for higher education.
In 2007, the Harriet Klath Memorial Scholarship was renamed to the Harriet Klath and Carol Klath Schmiedeskamp Memorial Scholarship to honor both Harriet and Carol.
Carol was involved in a variety of activites, including, Mason City Women's Club, Chapter IY of PEO, Republican Women's Club, MCHS Class of '48 and Willowgreen Townhouse Assocation.
She was a volunteer for several organization, including Stockman House, MacNider Art Museum, Adult Literacy, Reading Buddies for RSVP and Opportunity Village. She enjoyed gardening, attending lectures, concerts and theater performances.
Scholarships associated with Bill Schmiedeskamp