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    Scholarships 223
    75th Anniversary Accounting Scholarship

    On September 9, 1918, Mason City Junior College classes began. As part of the celebration of providing 75 years of educational services to North Iowa, the 75th Anniversary Scholarship Fund was established.


    75th Anniversary Instrumental Music Scholarship

    On September 9, 1918, Mason City Junior College classes began. As part of the celebration of providing 75 years of educational services to North Iowa, the 75th Anniversary Scholarship Fund was established.




    75th Anniversary Vocal Music Scholarship

    On September 9, 1918, Mason City Junior College classes began. As part of the celebration of providing 75 years of educational services to North Iowa, the 75th Anniversary Scholarship Fund was established.




    ACE Credit Union

    ACE (Area Community Educators) Credit Union has served contracted employees of Mason City Schools and North Iowa Area Community College since 1933. The Board of Directors created this term scholarship in 2004 to support their membership and families. Members of the Board include NIACC employees, Mason City Community School District employees and retirees from both institutions. This scholarship is awarded to a second year student.




    Adams Family Foundation Scholarship

    The Adams Family Foundation was established in 2006 by John R. Adams, a long-time resident of Nora Springs. Mr. Adams valued the importance of education particularly the academics. He believed that success in life could be greatly enahanced if one could demonstrate strong communication skills and a solid understanding of mathematics. The Adams Family Foundation scholarship is for graduating seniors who have been a resident within the boundries of the original Nora Springs Rock Falls distrcit for both their junior and senior years. This scholarship is renewable annually, up to a maximum of four years, provided the student maitains at least the grade point average required for graduation in their course of study. Grade point average to be determined by official transcripts.




    Allen D. and Ann Y. Patton Scholarship Fund

    Ann Patton established this fund in 1990 in honor of their family’s strong belief in education. Born in Clear Lake, Allen was instrumental in building many North Iowa companies. In 1934, he began Kayenay Graphics, which provided engraving services for most area newspapers. In the 1950s and 1960s, six companies (including Metalcraft of Mason City) grew from Kayenay Graphics. This scholarship is awarded to full-time NIACC students.




    Alma Partridge Education Scholarship

    As a former teacher, Alma understood the importance of a quality education. Feeling compelled to make the opportunity available to young people today; she established this scholarship fund for NIACC sophomore students majoring in education. Among her many accomplishments in the field of education, she wrote the first program for Head Start in Mason City.




    Ambassador Overall Review

    This scholarship lists all completed applicants that will graduate from NIACC in May 2012.


    Angus MacNider Arts and Science Scholarship

    Students of NIACC and its predecessor, Mason City Junior College, have benefited from contributions by the MacNider family as a memorial to their son and brother, Angus. This scholarship was instituted in 1954, the year following his death. This award is for a full-time arts and science student. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate citizenship and promise of worthwhile contributions to the community.




    Angus MacNider Career Scholarship

    Students of NIACC and its predecessor, Mason City Junior College, have benefited from contributions by the MacNider family as a memorial to their son and brother, Angus. This scholarship was instituted in 1954, the year following his death. This award for a full-time career student. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate citizenship and promise of worthwhile contributions to the community.




    Ann Schinnow Mason Memorial Scholarship

    Family and friends created this fund in August 2000 in memory of Ann Schinnow Mason. Ann’s son, Richard Schinnow, taught Communication Skills at the College for 14 years and helped organize the honors program and was the program’s first advisor. This scholarship is awarded to an Honors program student.




    Anna Rusley Brown Nursing Scholarship

    Marvin Rusley was always grateful for the support of two special women in his life. He credited his successes to his wife Geneva and his aunt Anna. To honor his relationship with these two, he established the Geneva Rusley Secretarial Scholarship and the Anna Rusley Brown Nursing Scholarship through his estate. These are both endowed scholarships designed to support scholarships for students from Worth County.




    Annette Watts Burton Nursing Scholarship

    When discussing estate planning with her attorney, Kathleen Watts of Clear Lake, Iowa, established the Annette Watts Burton Nursing Scholarship in memory of her sister. Kathleen grew up in Clear Lake and never had children of her own. Kathleen admired her older sister Annette and was very proud of her being a nurse. This led to the establishment of the scholarship in 2013.




    Arlene Baia Memorial Scholarship

    In 2005, the Arlene Baia Memorial Scholarship Fund was created by her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Don Roeder to honor her mother’s dedication to NIACC and her love for educating nursing students. Mrs. Baia was a nursing instructor at NIACC from 1968 until 1979, and she chaired NIACC’s Health Division until her retirement in 1988. Mrs. Baia spent 37 years of her life in nursing education in Minnesota and Iowa. The lives of hundreds of nursing students were enriched through Mrs. Baia’s teaching and leadership. This annual scholarship is awarded to a second year NIACC Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) student from either Iowa or Minnesota. Nursing majors must have a GPA of 3.25 or higher.




    Art and Rachelle Lundblad Scholarship

    Memorial contributions from family and friends of Art Lundblad, long-time instructor and coach at the College, were given to the Foundation at the time of his death. The athletic department awards this scholarship, named for Art and his wife Rachelle, to wrestlers.




    Automotive Service Excellence Scholarship

    The Automotive Service Excellence Scholarship was established when NIACC was named the 2001 national runner up for the prestigious ASE Automotive Award of Excellence. An annual scholarship will be awarded to a full-time sophomore in NIACC’s Automotive Service Technology program.




    Barbara Bush Scholarship

    This scholarship was created following the former First Lady’s appearance at NIACC in 1995. Following her Auditorium presentation, nearly 250 North Iowans joined her at a VIP reception to support the establishment of this fund. This Ambassador Scholarship is intended for a NIACC graduate from North Iowa who is pursuing a career in education.




    Becky K. McGee Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Becky Kathleen McGee was a skilled nurse during her military and civilian life, devoting much of her career to training intensive and coronary care nurses. She first encountered heart problems of her own while traveling the globe as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, and she operated a heart rehabilitation facility before suffering an acute pulmonary attack at age 38. She died in 2002. As a way of saying thank you to NIACC nursing students who provided care for her at Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City, she established this scholarship for students pursuing careers in nursing or other health-related occupations.




    Bergland + Cram

    Bergland + Cram, a Mason City architecture firm, established this scholarship to encourage students to enter their line of work. This award is available to full-time students majoring in Architecture, Art Visual/Graphic, Graphic Design or Interior Design. Preference is given to a NIACC graduate pursuing their studies at a four-year institution.




    Bertha Stebens Instrumental Music Scholarship

    Bertha Stebens spent her whole life teaching. Her legacy of education continues at NIACC through a scholarship fund created in 1995 by the Bertha Stebens Charitable Foundation. These scholarships are awarded to promising musicians who are residents of Cerro Gordo County.




    Bertha Stebens Visual Art Scholarship

    Bertha Stebens spent her whole life teaching. Her legacy of education continues at NIACC through a scholarship fund created in 1995 by the Bertha Stebens Charitable Foundation. These scholarships are awarded to promising artists, who are residents of Cerro Gordo County, through the Visual Arts Department.




    Beta Sigma Phi Scholarship

    During the Depression, Beta Sigma Phi was organized as a reading and culture club by a group of young women financially unable to attend college. Thus, over the years, the organization has placed primary emphasis on helping young women to obtain a post-high school education. The Beta Sigma Phi Council Scholarship is intended for a female student, showing financial need and will alternate between Mason City High School and Newman Catholic High School graduates.




    Betty Geer Admissions

    Betty Geer loved her hometown and her college. She demonstrated her affection by leaving part of her estate to establish this scholarship fund in 2002. Applicants must be Mason City High School or Newman Catholic High School graduates. A Mason City native, Betty attended Mason City Junior College (NIACC’s predecessor) and Cornell College. She followed NIACC’s progress throughout her life and felt it was important that every graduate of both Mason City high schools have the same opportunity she had in pursuing an advanced education close to home.




    Betty Geer Scholarship

    Betty Geer loved her hometown and her college. She demonstrated her affection by leaving part of her estate to establish this scholarship fund in 2002. Applicants must be Mason City High School or Newman Catholic High School graduates. A Mason City native, Betty attended Mason City Junior College (NIACC’s predecessor) and Cornell College. She followed NIACC’s progress throughout her life and felt it was important that every graduate of both Mason City high schools have the same opportunity she had in pursuing an advanced education close to home.




    Bill and Rachael Gildner Scholarship

    A firm belief that all young people are entitled to a “fair start” and a “quality education” inspired Bill and Rachael Gildner to establish a scholarship in 1992. Since the Gildner’s owned and operated Gildner’s Clothing Store in Mason City for nearly 50 years, the recipient must be a business student and especially a student expressing interest in retail business, fashion merchandising or marketing.




    Bonnie Baia Memorial Scholarship

    The Baia Scholarship was originally created by Arlene Baia in memory of her daughter, Bonnie, a NIACC graduate, who passed away shortly after her graduation. When Arlene passed away in 2005, her daughter, Barbara Roeder, established a scholarship fund in her mother’s name and renamed the initial Baia scholarship fund in her sister’s name. Arlene was a nursing instructor at NIACC from 1968 until 1979, and she chaired NIACC’s Health Division until her retirement in 1988. Arlene said Bonnie always wanted to help people, and her desire to help others is fulfilled through this Ambassador Scholarship which is designated for a NIACC graduate who has been accepted for transfer to a four-year institution for a social science or nursing degree. Social science majors must have a GPA or 3.5 or higher; nursing majors must have a GPA of 3.25 or higher and must be licensed as an RN prior to receiving this scholarship. Recipients of this scholarship must be from Iowa or Minnesota.




    Brad and Renee Davis Ag Scholarship

    NIACC Alumnus and Gold-Eagle Cooperative General Manager, Brad Davis ’75 and his wife Renee established the Brad and Renee Davis Ag Scholarship which will assist full-time NIACC students studying in agricultural programs. Davis is also a past member of NIACC’s Ag Advisory Board. “My wife Renee and I decided that an ag scholarship was one way to give back. NIACC has always been a great option for students as it was when I attended. I found that it created a great path for me in my career.” shared Davis. “NIACC really helps to round out the knowledge base and provides important introductions to future employers.” said Davis.


    Business & Professional Women Scholarship

    The Business & Professional Women established this scholarship to be awarded to a nontraditional student from Iowa who has completed at least one year in an institution of higher learning prior to June 2002.




    C.L.A.S.S. Car Club Automotive Scholarship

    The Clear Lake Auto Social Society (CLASS) established an annual scholarship to promote careers in the automotive service industry. This award is intended for students from Clear Lake who are enrolled in the second-year of the Automotive Service Technology program.




    Carl and Carlynn Grupp Scholarship

    Carlynn Grupp endowed a scholarship in the memory of her husband, Carl P. "Bud" Grupp. The Carl and Carlynn Grupp Scholarship will assist full time NIACC students majoring in a health related field.


    Carol Adams Watson Memorial Scholarship

    NIACC communications instructor Carol Adams Watson, who taught at the College from 1972 to 1997, established the Communication Skills Scholarship fund. It was partly funded by royalties from The Speaking Process, a speech textbook Watson wrote for the Communication Skills classes at NIACC. Upon Carol's passing in 2012, her husband Roger changed the name of the scholarship as a memorial to his late wife. Applicants must be second-year NIACC students with a minimum 3.0 GPA who plan a career in teaching, preferably in English, speech, or writing at the secondary or college level. Students who have been or who plan to be peer tutors in the Basic Writing classes or Student Learning Center receives preference.




    Caroline O. Colson Memorial Scholarship

    The Caroline O. Colson estate established this endowed scholarship fund for basketball players.




    Carstensen Family Scholarship

    Elvira Koski, the youngest of seven children, honored the memory of her sister, Edna Carstensen, and the Carstensen family by creating this endowed scholarship fund. A retired home economics teacher, Elvira says that education was very important to her family. This Ambassador Scholarship is to be awarded to students who are education majors planning to teach. If there are no qualified applicants, the award is unrestricted.




    Cerro Gordo County Medical Society Scholarship

    In 1974, the Cerro Gordo County Medical Society transferred money to the NIACC Foundation to establish an endowed scholarship fund to be awarded to NIACC students enrolled in a health-related field/program.




    Charles City Scholarship

    To assist Charles City residents in upgrading their job skills through education, the Charles City Scholarship Committee was formed and holds an annual fund-raiser to support this fund. Applicants must be from Floyd County and/or within 20 miles of Charles City who are at least 18 years of age and enrolled as part-time students (up to 11 semester hours) at the NIACC Charles City Center and/or NIACC’s main campus.




    Charles H. Debban Scholarship

    Charles H. Debban, who graduated from Mason City High School in 1939, spent most of his working life in the public school system, first as a teacher in the communities of Randall, Dunkerton and Ames, and later in Cedar Rapids as a teacher and principal. Charles was an avid hunter and fisherman who also loved to read and write poetry. He passed away in 2006. Charles graduated from Mason City Junior College (now NIACC) in 1942. He held a B.A. degree from Park College (now Park University) in Parkville, Mo., had an M.A. degree from Drake University and did postgraduate work at both the University of Iowa and the University of Colorado. His lifelong passion for education and teaching inspired this new scholarship opportunity in the hopes that more students will chose the education of others as a career. The scholarship is available to second year NIACC students who intend to become elementary school teachers.




    Charles S. and Mildred M. Whitney Scholarship

    Charles and Mildred Whitney established this scholarship in 1980. Charles served on the NIACC Foundation Board of Directors from 1968 to 1971. Scholarship applicants must be North Iowans with a strong academic record who would have great difficulty in attending college or continuing in college without financial assistance.




    Charles W. and Mary Jane Maxon Memorial Scholarship

    Charles and Mary Jane Maxon believed in the value of an education, and they wanted to help North Iowa students get a better start through higher education. Charles was an instructor in NIACC’s business division from 1965 through 1978. Mary Jane was also an educator; in addition, she was a talented watercolor painter, commercial artist and CPA. The scholarships are designated for full-time students with special consideration for students in agriculture-related programs.




    Christopherson Medical Scholarship

    The Christopherson Medical Scholarship honors Dr. Joseph and Evelyn Christopherson, who served the medical needs of Mason City for over three and a half decades. Family, friends and associates initially endowed the Dr. J.E. Christopherson Memorial Scholarship Fund to encourage talented students from North Iowa to attend NIACC and study premedicine. The Cerro Gordo County Medical Society recently made a significant contribution to the fund. The scholarship is for medical students or pre-med students at any accredited public or private postsecondary educational institution (of pre-med applicants, preference is given to NIACC students).




    Clifford H. Beem Memorial Fund

    Due to his love for education and belief that all students should receive an education, Clifford Beem established the Clifford H. Beem Memorial Fund in 1980. The resulting scholarships are designed for full-time arts and science students from Iowa who have financial need and an academic record showing their potential to succeed. Beem became Dean of Mason City Junior College in 1947. When Mason City Junior College became North Iowa Area Community College in 1966, Beem became the Director of Arts and Sciences. He retired in 1970 after 46 years in education.




    Colin and Carol Robinson Scholarship

    Colin and Carol Robinson established this scholarship to benefit Charles City High School seniors choosing NIACC first. The Robinson’s have been very generous of their time and talents to NIACC. Colin is a former member of the College and Foundation Board of Directors.




    Communication 1 Network, Inc. Scholarship

    Communications 1 Network, Inc., a business that offers telephone, internet, cable television and wireless services to customers in Kanawha, Iowa and surrounding areas, has set up the Communications 1 Network, Inc. Scholarship, an annual scholarship fund to benefit local students. Recipients of the scholarship must be from Kanawha, Klemme, Corwith or Britt with overall preference given to students from Kanawha. Preference is also given to students enrolled in an Information Technology program. Communications 1 Network is excited to provide this opportunity to deserving local students who want to further their education at NIACC.




    Concert Band Scholarship

    A fund-raiser concert by the North Iowa Concert Band resulted in the creation of the Concert Band Scholarship for full-time students involved in instrumental music. “The purpose of the scholarship is to build the instrumental music program and increase student involvement in the band,” John Klemas, NIACC instrumental music instructor, said. The North Iowa Concert Band is composed of NIACC students and community members from North Iowa.




    Dale and Louise Swanson Scholarship

    Louise Swanson established this scholarship in 2003. Louise, a former teacher in Mason City, feels strongly about local students receiving a higher education and the quality education that NIACC provides. Both of the Swanson’s daughters, Eileen and Janet, are NIACC graduates. Applicants must be a returning (not tech-prep or PSEO students) full-time student from the NIACC service area.




    Dale E. Harmon Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in memory of Dale Harmon by his wife Shirley and their children, Matthew and Shannon with the desire to help students further their education. Dale, a popular writing and literature teacher, both at Mason City High School and Newman Catholic High School had a special way of connecting with his colleagues and even more importantly with his numerous students. This scholarship is awarded to a Language Arts or Education major and will alternate between Mason City High School and Newman Catholic High School graduates.




    Darrell V. and Judy K. Nielsen Agricultural Scholarship

    Judy Nielsen established the Darrell V. and Judy K. Nielsen Agricultural Scholarship in 2014 because of Darrell’s lifelong love of farming and as a long lasting legacy to him. “Darrell worked on his parent’s farm during his youth, and then as an engineer for KGLO television for seventeen years, while farming part-time and raising a family. He worked tirelessly until he reached his goal of farming full-time for almost forty years.  He was highly regarded in our community, serving on many boards and committees” said Judy Nielsen. “I am so happy to be able to create this permanent legacy to support education, our community and our future by assisting students and their endeavors.”  Nielsen continued. Two $1,250  scholarships will assist full-time NIACC students who study in any agricultural related field. 
     


    David and Jamey Moore Family Scholarship

    David and Jamey Moore established the David and Jamey Moore Scholarship in 2011.




    David and Sandra Gobeli Scholarship

    This term scholarship benefits a student in the accounting area and commemorates Sandi’s 36 years of service to NIACC. Sandi retired from the position of Vice President for Administrative Services at the end of 2006.




    David G. and Jane Angelo Punke Scholarship

    The David G. and Jane Angelo Punke Scholarship was created in 2007 by Jane Punke, of Nevada, IA. Jane and her late husband, David, both attended Mason City Junior College. Jane wanted to provide opportunities for deserving students who may have financial difficulties without the help of scholarship assistance. This scholarship will be awarded on an alternating basis to a graduate of Clear Lake High School or Mason City High School majoring in agriculture or health care. To be eligible, students must have a grade point average between 2.0 and 3.0.




    Dean Stephens Memorial Scholarship

    Hundreds of students’ and faculty members’ lives were enriched through the teaching and friendship of Dean Stephens. For nine years, Dean was the second-year instructor for NIACC’s Climate Control Technology program. He was also very active in college committees and programs. Dean was the chairperson of a special project to help provide scholarships for NIACC students. This project included the construction of an outdoor classroom/brick patio on campus. Dean passed away in 1999 at the age of 49. To honor his memory, this scholarship has been established for full-time NIACC students. Preference is given first to Climate Control students, then to career students, then to arts and science students.




    Del and Mary Laudner Agriculture Scholarship

    Del and Mary Laudner established this endowed scholarship fund in 2008 in order to further the College’s Agriculture programs by assisting promising students as they reach for their goals. This scholarship benefits full-time students enrolled in one of the agriculture programs.




    Delbert D. and Mary L. Laudner Scholarship

    Delbert and Mary Laudner were big supporters of NIACC for a long time. They created the Del and Mary Laudner Agricultural Scholarship in 2008 and through their estate planning the Delbert D. and Mary L. Laudner Scholarship was established in 2015. 


    Dellage Family Scholarship

    The Dellage Family Scholarship was established in 2001 by Jean Dellage in memory of her husband, Wayne, and his mother, Alice. “My husband wanted to do something to help students from Osage and honor his mother’s work in Osage,” said Jean. This scholarship is designated for an Osage High School graduate enrolled in the nursing or medical field.




    Delphine Suter Memorial Scholarship Fund

    The Delphine Suter Memorial Scholarship was created by her five children to honor their mother following her death in June 2001. Delphine demonstrated a lifelong commitment of helping those in need first by working as a registered nurse at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital for 21 years and later by volunteering in the hospital gift shop. The scholarship is designated for a nursing student who has shown financial need, with preference for a female basketball player.




    Delta Kappa Gamma XI Chapter

    This fund, established and funded yearly by Delta Kappa Gamma XI Chapter members, is awarded to a student who plans a career as a classroom teacher.




    Derek Mauser C4 Scholarship

    Derek Mauser established the Derek Mauser C4 Scholarship in 2017 after he organized and held the first Classic Car Cruise & Concourse (C4) in Osage. Mauser wanted to help automotive students out with the proceeds of the event. Mauser shared, "I know tools are expensive and automotive students need to have them to get their degrees. I thought this event and offering a scholarship was a win-win for car enthusiasts and automotive students alike."


    Dick and Adriana Attleson Scholarship

    Adriana Attleson honored the memory of her husband Sjur "Dick" Attleson by starting the Dick and Adriana Attleson Scholarship in 2017. Dick Attleson enlisted in the Navy soon after graduating from high school and attended NIACC as a returning veteran. Adriana taught at NIACC from 1979 to 2010. Two of the Attleson children graduated from NIACC. Dick Attleson credited his NIACC instructors for helping him focus on his education and preparing for a career in teaching. Dick Attleson was a teacher, coach and counselor for Mason City middle schools for 32 years and was named Teach of the Year in 1982. The Dick and Adriana Attleson Scholarship will assist full-time or part-time, non-traditional NIACC students studying Education.




    Dick and Jo Herbrechtsmeyer Scholarship

    The Herbrechtsmeyers of Charles City established this endowed scholarship in 2003 for a full-time NIACC student from Butler, Floyd or Mitchell counties. Preference is given to nontraditional students.




    Donald Barnes Memorial Scholarship

    Penny Barnes and her children established the Donald Barnes Memorial Scholarship in October 2015.  Don Barnes was a strong supporter of NIACC students studying in the Physical Therapy Assistant program. “It seems only fitting to endow a scholarship in Don’s memory to assist PTA students,” shared Penny Barnes, Don’s wife. “Don spent his entire adult life in the physical therapy profession. He filled in as a clinical instructor for a NIACC instructor’s maternity leave.  He also mentored students in the PTA program at his own practice. Don always took a personal interest in the success of each student who worked with him. Don Barnes passed away in August 2015 and will be forever missed and loved by his family, friends, patients and the community. Donald Barnes Memorial Scholarship is an endowment that will assist 2nd year NIACC PTA students.






    Donald K. DePrenger Memorial Scholarship

    Donna DePrenger established this fund in memory of her husband Donald DePrenger who taught chemistry at NIACC from 1965 to 1986. The scholarship is designated for a sophomore student pursuing a chemistry major or taking chemistry and majoring in another area of science.




    Dorothy Gordon Memorial Scholarship

    Dorothy Gordon’s children were so thankful for the wonderful care their mother received at Heritage Care Center in Mason City, they established the Dorothy Gordon Memorial Scholarship to encourage and assist students pursuing studies in health related fields. Dorothy Gordon was a very successful business woman and a long-time resident of the Mason City community. Dorothy strongly encouraged her Heritage caregivers to further their education.




    Dr. Calvin H. Warne Memorial Scholarship

    Dr. Calvin H. Warne was an optometrist in Mason City for 35 years. He passed away in 1992, just three years following his retirement. His family decided to supplement memorial gift funds to form this permanent endowment. Preference is given to students majoring in Pre-Optometry; if there are no qualified applicants, the award is made to a student in a health related program. This award can be used for tuition and/or books.




    Dr. Carroll O. Adams and Velma I. Adams Scholarship

    In 1998, Velma Adams created this scholarship fund for NIACC students with a minimum 3.0 GPA who have demonstrated good citizenship and show a commitment to community service. Dr. Carroll Adams, a long-time doctor in Mason City, and Velma Adams both provided leadership in community activities throughout their lives in Mason City.




    Dr. David Pierce Memorial Scholarship

    Maureen Pierce started the Dr. David Pierce Memorial Scholarship in 2014.  Dr. Pierce was President of North Iowa Community College from 1970 to 1981.  Dr. Pierce also served as President  of the Illinois Community College Board, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System and President of the American Association of Community Colleges.  Dr. Pierce worked tirelessly to raise national awareness of the contributions and the unique role of community colleges. Colleagues of Dr. Pierce through the years have described him as smart, decisive, purposeful, fair and completely ethical.


    Dr. John B. and Mary Jane Dixon Scholarship

    The Dixons created this endowed scholarship fund in 2000 to assist full-time NIACC students. Mary Jane was a social worker for several nursing homes in Mason City, and Dr. Dixon worked as an ophthalmologist. He retired in 1997 after practicing ophthalmology for 50 years – 40 of them in Mason City.




    Dr. Martha Ann Thomson Barclay Scholarship

    Dr. Martha Ann Thomson Barclay established this scholarship in 2000 for a full-time freshman student majoring in humanities or fine arts. “I had a few students whom I thought were wonderful hard workers who weren’t considered for many of the top scholarships,” said Barclay, who retired from NIACC after 25 years of teaching. “This scholarship awards dedicated students who are dedicated workers regardless of what their grade card says.” Besides being in education, Barclay was also a professional speaker and an entertainer in both radio and television.




    Dr. Russell Schurtz Memorial Scholarship

    In 2016, the family of former NIACC Foundation Board member, Dr. Russell Schurtz endowed a scholarship in his memory. Dr. Schurtz was a long-time Mason City physician. The Dr. Russell Schurtz Memorial Scholarship will assist full-time NIACC students.


    Earl Ashland Ambassador Scholarship

    Earl Ashland was an innovative entrepreneur who served as president and general manager of the Clear Lake Independent Telephone Company (CL Tel) for over 30 years after running a chain of grocery stores throughout North Iowa. His wife, Esther Woodford Ashland, to honor her husband’s memory and to continue his lifelong support of education, created the Earl Ashland Memorial Fund. The scholarships are given annually to three successful full-time students from Area 2: one in the sophomore Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program, one in the Information Technology program and one in the Honors program.




    Earl Ashland IST Scholarship

    Earl Ashland was an innovative entrepreneur who served as president and general manager of the Clear Lake Independent Telephone Company (CL Tel) for over 30 years after running a chain of grocery stores throughout North Iowa. His wife, Esther Woodford Ashland, to honor her husband’s memory and to continue his lifelong support of education, created the Earl Ashland Memorial Fund. The scholarships are given annually to three successful full-time students from Area 2: one in the sophomore Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program, one in the Information Technology program and one in the Honors program.




    Earl Ashland Nursing Scholarship

    Earl Ashland was an innovative entrepreneur who served as president and general manager of the Clear Lake Independent Telephone Company (CL Tel) for over 30 years after running a chain of grocery stores throughout North Iowa. His wife, Esther Woodford Ashland, to honor her husband’s memory and to continue his lifelong support of education, created the Earl Ashland Memorial Fund. The scholarships are given annually to three successful full-time students from Area 2: one in the sophomore Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program, one in the Information Technology program and one in the Honors program.




    Edgar S. Gage Family Scholarship

    The Edgar S. Gage Family Scholarship was established in 1977 by Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Gage for the purpose of lending financial assistance to worthy students. Edgar, as well as two of his sons, graduated from NIACC. Applicants must be from NIACC’s service area.




    Ellen Anderson Memorial Nursing Scholarship

    Ellen R. Anderson had a consumate passion for nursing and was a dedicated registered nurse at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital for 36 years retiring in 1985. Despite many hardships and because of the generosity of others,  Ellen was able to graduate from Mason City St. Joseph's School of Nursing in 1941, so it her family knew it made perfect sense to honor their mother's memory with the Ellen Anderson Memorial Nursing Scholarship. Ellen's five daughters all attended NIACC or Mason City Junior College, with daughter Jane earning her associate degree in nursing in 1989. The Ellen Anderson Memorial Nursing Scholarship will assist a promising student studying in the NIACC nursing program.


    Esther C. Haase Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in memory of Esther Haase and her deep love of music. The late Carl Haase, Esther’s husband, served on the NIACC Foundation Board of Directors from 1984 to 1996. This memorial scholarship provides an annual award for a full-time NIACC student with a significant interest in music. Preference is given to students majoring (or minoring) in music.




    Esther L. Strickland Instrumental Music Scholarship

    Esther L. Strickland established this scholarship in 1987 reflecting her lifelong interest in music. “If a young person has a special talent, it should be developed,” Strickland said. “I want young adults to have an education; education is essential.” Applicants must be music majors.




    Esther L. Strickland Vocal Music Scholarship

    Esther L. Strickland established this scholarship in 1987 reflecting her lifelong interest in music. “If a young person has a special talent, it should be developed,” Strickland said. “I want young adults to have an education; education is essential.” Applicants must be music majors.




    Esther Pagenhart Scholarship

    Esther was a member of the first graduating class at Mason City Junior College (NIACC’s predecessor) and a teacher in the Mason City Schools from 1928 to 1967. In 1989, a long-time friend of hers established this scholarship fund, which has been supplemented through Esther’s estate.




    Evelyn Ruby Nursing Scholarship

    Evelyn Ruby, originally of Glenwood, Iowa, was the youngest of seven children. Coming from a lineage of teachers, Evelyn knew the importance of education; however, her passion was nursing. Her siblings helped pay her way through Nursing school at State University of Iowa (now University of Iowa). She graduated as an RN in 1936. After graduation, she married her college sweetheart, Warren Ruby. They moved to Mason City and embraced the community – where both would spend the rest of their lives. While most women of the era stayed at home, Evelyn made a career for herself. She worked in the Emergency Room of St Joseph Mercy Hospital (now Mercy Medical Center); she did private duty nursing for local families; and eventually worked her way up to Director of Public Health Nursing for the City of Mason City. Evelyn loved nursing and wanted everyone to enjoy their career as much as she loved hers. Through the Evelyn Ruby Nursing Scholarship, her daughter, Cheryl Paine, and granddaughter, Heather Paine, continue her legacy – a life-long love of learning and caring for others. The Evelyn Ruby Nursing Scholarship is available to full-time NIACC students working toward an ADN, with the intention of pursuing a BSN degree. Preference will be given to students planning to complete their BSN degree at the University of Iowa.




    Fangman Memorial Scholarship

    At the request of family and friends of JoAnn Fangman and her daughter, Kathy, this scholarship fund was established in 1981. The scholarship is awarded to a fine arts major from NIACC’s service area with an academic record showing the potential to succeed.




    Farm Credit Services of America

    Farm Credit Services of America is committed to supporting youth and is proud to provide an annual scholarship for students pursuing a degree in agriculture. Eligible candidates must be a traditional (age 18-22) full-time sophomore student enrolled in agricultural coursework. In addition, candidates must possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applicants must have permanent residence in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota or Wyoming. Preference is given to those who intend to return to the farm/ranch or a farm-related job in a rural community. Financial need will not be a consideration. If selected as the recipient, an acceptance letter indicating the student’s future plans would be appreciated.




    First Citizens Bank Scholarship

    The First Citizens Bank Scholarship was established as a way for the bank to give back to its banking communities. Scholarships are awarded to students planning to attend NIACC full-time who show financial need and live in communities where a First Citizens Bank is located. The following schools presently qualify: Charles City, CAL-Dows, Clarion-Goldfield, New Hampton, Newman Catholic, Mason City, and Osage. “These are students who will come back and live in our towns and we want to help provide a quality education,” said Chairman O. Jay Tomson.




    Florence Liebl Memorial Fund

    In 1982, the Florence Liebl estate established this fund in memory of Florence’s mother, Lillian. Florence Liebl was a member of the first graduating class of Mason City Junior College (NIACC’s predecessor) in 1920.




    Francis L. Zrostlik Manufacturing Technology Scholarship

    As the founder of Iowa Mold Tooling Company and co-founder of Stellar Industries, Inc., Francis Zrostlik was a hands-on entrepreneur who not only had passion and drive to design innovative products, he also had the mechanical skills to fabricate and weld these designs himself. Francis’ family, chose to honor his memory through the Francis L. Zrostlik Manufacturing Technology Scholarship.  This endowed scholarship will assist students from the Hancock county area attending NIACC and majoring in Tool & Die and/or Welding. 4 scholarship awards will be made each year. Two to Garner Hayfield Ventura grads (1 new and 1 returning NIACC student) and two will be awarded to West Hancock grads (1 new and and 1 returning NIACC student).
     


    Frank Hoffman Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Dr. Hoffman’s family established this scholarship fund to honor his service to the College from 1957 to 1982. He came to Mason City Junior College (NIACC’s predecessor) as an accounting instructor and retired as a NIACC vice president. His 34-year career in education included teaching, textbook writing, and college administration. Applicants must be enrolled in business.




    Frank Schmitz Memorial Scholarship

    Family and friends of the late Frank Schmitz, former partner of Wallace Holland Kastler and Schmitz (now WHKS) of Mason City, created this fund in his memory. A professional engineer with WHKS for 39 years, he served as president of the firm from 1985 until his death in 1994. Applicants of this Ambassador Scholarship must be pre-engineering NIACC students transferring to Iowa State University with a GPA of 2.75 or higher. Strong preference is given to civil engineering students; however, if there are no qualified civil engineering applicants, preference is given to mechanical, electrical or industrial engineering students.




    Fred Humphrey Accounting Scholarship

    In 2017, longtime NIACC business instructor Fred Humphrey was honored by former students and friends through the establishment of the Fred Humphrey Accounting Scholarship. Humphrey taught at NIACC over 30 years. He was honored with the Distinguished Teacher Award for 1995, presented by the University of Iowa.


    Frederick J. Olson Memorial Scholarship

    The College established this scholarship fund to recognize the many contributions Frederick “Fritz” Olson made to the College. NIACC’s campus is built on land once owned by Mr. Olson. He donated some of the land and the College purchased the balance in the mid-1960s. Applicants must be sophomore students majoring in marketing, automotive technology or agriculture.




    Garrity - Sandage Door Opener Scholarship

    Mason City native, Shirley Sandage devoted her adult life to helping women overcome obstacles and make it on their own.  In the 1970's Margaret Garrity and Shirley Sandage started the Door Opener, the forerunner to today's Crisis Intervention Center.  The Door Opener achieved national recognition for assisting women to become economically independent and free of welfare assistance.  Dorothy Sandage started the Garrity - Sandage Doopr Opener Scholarship in 2010, with a bequest upon her death be utilized to fund the scholarship.  This scholarship is awarded specifically to full or part-time NIACC woman who is separated, widowed or divorced and at least 40 years of age.




    Gene and Pat Galasso Scholarship

    Gene and Pat Galasso established this scholarship in 2005 to benefit students in the Hospitality/Food Service Management Program. The couple owns and manages Ge-Jo’s by the Lake Italian Restaurant & Lounge. Pat currently serves on the NIACC Foundation Board of Directors.




    Gene Cole Memorial Scholarship

    Eugene “Gene” Cole, a long-time farmer from the Grafton area, always believed that agriculture was vital to the economy of North Iowa. He also had a deep appreciation for the quality education and services that NIACC provided to the region. Gene especially enjoyed attending NIACC Athletics and Performing Arts events. To honor his spirit of helping others, Gene’s children established this scholarship in their father’s memory. True to Gene’s personal life experience, this scholarship is designated for students majoring in agriculture-related fields from Worth or Mitchell county.




    Geneva Rusley Secretarial Scholarship

    Marvin Rusley was always grateful for the support of two special women in his life. He credited his successes to his wife Geneva and his aunt Anna. To honor his relationship with these two, he established the Geneva Rusley Secretarial Scholarship and the Anna Rusley Brown Nursing Scholarship through his estate. These are both endowed scholarships designed to support scholarships for students from Worth County.




    George A. Weber Memorial Scholarship

    The family of George A. Weber established this scholarship in 2007. At the age of 40, George made a career move and returned to school as a full-time student. In 1971, he began his teaching career at NIACC as an instructor in the Business Division. George remained committed to teaching NIACC students until his retirement in 1988. This scholarship is restricted to a non-traditional student, in memory of George’s own educational experience.




    George Coyan Memorial Scholarship

    The family of George Coyan established this memorial fund in 1995 in honor of his 30+ years on the NIACC faculty. George was the former head of the NIACC Social Sciences Division and taught various social science classes before retiring in 1990. The award is designed for a sophomore education major.




    George I. and Eunice A. Tice Scholarship

    Both George and Eunice attended Mason City Junior College (NIACC’s predecessor). After working for a time at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Tice practiced medicine in Mason City for more than 40 years. At the time of his death in 1989, Eunice decided to use memorial gifts as a nucleus for a scholarship fund to benefit students enrolled in a health-related field program.




    Glen and Penny Krogh Scholarship

    The Glen and Penny Krogh Scholarship was established in 1997 to help support area students. “We wanted to pay back the community for many happy years,” Penny said. Glen, who passed away in 2000, was a dentist in Mason City from 1952 to 1985. Penny worked as his secretary after teaching school for many years. The endowed scholarship fund benefits full-time students from NIACC’s service area (with preference for Cerro Gordo County residents) with a 3.0+ GPA who demonstrate leadership ability and compassion for others.




    Global Diversity Scholarship

    This Scholarship was established to promote diversity in North Iowa and provide scholarships for students with an unmet financial need who bring diversity to the NIACC campus.


    Gold-Eagle Cooperative Agricultural Scholarship

    The Gold-Eagle Scholarship was established in 2013 in order to award a term scholarship in their name. In addition to the scholarship, Gold-Eagle will offer a program to any agriculture graduate, to whom they hire, as a full time employee, to pay for 100% of their tuition over a five (5) year period.




    Gold-Eagle Cooperative Endowed Agricultural Scholarship

    In 2015 long time NIACC supporter, Gold-Eagle Cooperative endowed the Gold-Eagle Cooperative Agricultural Scholarship for full time NIACC students studying in an ag related field. 



    Gordon and Johanna Anderson Scholarship

    Gordon and Johanna Anderson wanted to give something back to Mason City Junior College (NIACC's predecessor), the place where they started their college education and, consequently, where they met. According to Gordon, "Education improves one's standard of living. The best way to invest in society is to invest in its young people, specifically to invest in their education." Gordon is a past director of the NIACC Foundation Board of Directors. This scholarship is awarded to students from Osage.




    GROWMARK, INC. Scholarship

    GROWMARK, INC., established this scholarship in 2015 as a way to assist students with an agriculturally focused major. Students studying in the area of agronomy, ag systems, ag communications, crop and soil science or ag diesel power are qualified and considered for this scholarship.  GROWMARK knows that students are their future employees and the next generation of their workforce.


    Guy and Evelyn Zach Scholarship

    Jim and Cindy Zach established this scholarship in 2013 to honor Jim's parents, Guy and Evelyn Zach. The scholarship is to be used to assist students to continue their education when they might otherwise not be able to afford it.




    Halvorson Trane HVAC Scholarship

     

    During a presentation to NIACC heating and air conditioning technology students in the spring of 2014, Halvorson Trane Company’s Service Operations Manager, Steve Crocker saw first-hand the wonderful program that is offered to students studying in the field.  “After touring the facilities, I was impressed with the facility and equipment, the curriculum of the program, and the excellent faculty, all of this program is a first class operation.” Crocker shared. “By establishing a scholarship for 2nd year students studying in this field, we have a chance to recruit individuals to become our employees and they’ll come with a good education.”  The Halvorson Trane HVAC Scholarship is $500 scholarship for a 2nd year student in the Heating and Air Conditioning Technology Program.  Crocker serves on the NIACC Advisory Board Committee for the Heating and Air Conditioning Technology department.




    Hans C. Schroeder Memorial Scholarship

    Hans Schroeder loved the outdoors and adventure. He loved snowboarding, skiing, riding his motorcycle, and hiking. In 2001 he found his professional calling in the wind turbine business. Hans was a site manager for Suzlon, a wind turbine company, and was known for his innovative ideas. At his site, Hans came up with 97 changes to the turbines, of which 92 were adopted company-wide. He was quickly promoted within the company. In 2010, Hans was involved in a motorcycle accident that took his life. His parents, Charlie and Kathy Schoeder, established this scholarship in 2011 to provide a boost to others like Hans, who schoose a life outdoors at the thrilling height of more than 230 feet. This scholarship is designated for a student in the wind turbine program.




    Harriet Klath and Carol Klath Schmiedeskamp Memorial Scholarship

    In 1988, the family of Harriet Klath established a scholarship at NIACC in her memory. This fund was endowed in 1997 through gifts from her daughter Carol Klath Schmiedeskamp, son Norman Klath, and grandson Bill Schmiedeskamp. Klath’s children and grandson remember her words of encouragement “work up to your potential” – this is the opportunity her scholarship fund provides for NIACC students. Carol passed away in 2007, at which time the family decided to rename this scholarship in memory of both Harriet and Carol. This is an annual award for a student with a prebaccalaureate major who also has financial need.




    Harsha and Darshini Jayawardena Scholarship

    Harsha and Darshini Jayawardena established this term scholarship in 2012. They wanted to provide students with an opportunity to grow academically and create a foundation for success in later years. As a NIACC Foundation board member, Darshini has seen the impact that scholarships can have on student success. They plan to provide two scholarships annually to full-time NIACC students.




    Hazel Simpson Scholarship

    Hazel Simpson lived quietly in rural Iowa her entire life before passing away in 1999 at age 94. Her generosity, however, lives on through this scholarship, which is for a NIACC student seeking certification as a registered nurse. Hazel was born in Latimer, attended school in Thornton and married James Simpson in 1938. The couple farmed in rural Thornton until 1950, when they sold their farm and moved to town.




    Helen Perkins Thompson Scholarship

    Helen Perkins Thompson grew up during the Depression, so she never had the opportunity to get a college education. In 1995, she established this endowed scholarship fund to help deserving students attend NIACC. Helen donated her entire estate to her scholarship fund to help future generations of students. She died in 1998 and at that time the Helen Perkins Thompson Scholarship became the NIACC Foundation’s largest endowed scholarship fund. Helen Perkins Thompson took great pride in knowing that her contributions would enable young people to pursue their goals.




    Henry R. Giesman Memorial Scholarship

    In 1998, friends and family of the late Henry “Hank” Giesman created this fund in his memory. Hank taught biological science classes at the College for 29 years. Applicants must be second-year nursing students who have completed at least 27 hours at NIACC and show financial need.




    Herbert D. Muhlenbruch Farm Worker Scholarship

    The Herbert D. Muhlenbruch Farmworker Scholarship is a $500 award given in memory of Herbert D. Muhlenbruch, father of NIACC Agriculture Instructor Kevin Muhlenbruch.  Herbert was a lifelong Franklin County, Iowa dairy farmer.  The scholarship is given to a  current NIACC student in good academic standing that works at the NIACC Farm Lab.




    Hermanson Scholarship

    A strong belief in the value of education led Everett and Beverly Hermanson to establish the Hermanson Scholarship in 1998. Everett and Beverly instilled the value of education in their three children, and all three became health care professionals after graduating from college. In memory of their daughter, Ann, the scholarship is designated for a second-year nursing student with financial need.




    Hjalmer and Margaret Peterson Memorial Scholarship

    Hjalmer Peterson taught chemistry at Mason City Junior College and NIACC for 33 years. He established this scholarship fund in 1974, the same year he was named “Outstanding Chemistry Teacher of the Year” by the National Manufacturing Chemists Association. Applicants must be full-time arts and science or career students majoring in chemistry or math with an academic record showing the potential to succeed.




    Holmlund Scholarship

    Sisters, Linda and Marilyn Holmlund established the Holmlund Scholarship in 2015.  Both Linda and Marilyn graduated from NIACC.  The sisters agree that NIACC gave them a great start in their college studies and later on in their careers.  The scholarship will assist a full-time female student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.


    Hussey & Co. Scholarship

    Dan & Rosie Hussey established the Hussey & Co Scholarship to assist a full-time NIACC student studying in an Ag Related Program. The Husseys have spent their entire married life in the north Iowa area. Dan runs the family business Hussey & Company, LLC which is a fertilizer, chemical application equipment dealer. Rosie serves as its Chief Financial Officer. Rosie currently serves on the Board of Education for the State of Iowa and is a past member of the NIACC Board and NIACC Foundation Board of Directors. The Husseys have merged their life long passions of education, agriculture and the desire to help others into this scholarship.




    Ira Stinson Memorial Fund

    This scholarship fund was established in 1988 by the estate of Ira W. Stinson. Applicants must be Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students with financial need.




    Jack and Joyce Nielsen Scholarship

    In 2015, NIACC Foundation Board member Jack Nielsen and his wife Joyce established the Jack and Joyce Nielsen Scholarship to assist full-time NIACC students.  This endowed scholarship will have a preference to a NIACC athlete and begin awarding the 2018-19 academic year.


    James and Betty Oleson Scholarship

    James and Betty Oleson Scholarship




    Jamie T. Zanios Entrepreneurship Scholarship

    When Jamie Zanios, NIACC's Vice President and Director of Insitutional Advancement and the Pappjohn Entrepreneurial Center retired in December of 2014, friends of the Zanios family contributed to form the Jamie T. Zanios Entrepreneurship Scholarship in his honor.  These scholarships will help career program students studying in the area of business or entrepreneurship who wants to own their own business.  If no career students identify, a traditional AA student who majors in business or entrepreneurship can be awarded. 


    Janet Dean Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in 2011 by Louise Swanson in memory of her daughter Janet. Janet was a 1997 graduate of NIACC, after returning to school as an adult student. After a divorce she had a genuine desire to finish her education to give her a fresh start. This scholarship is reflective of Janet’s experience as it is restricted for full-time adult women (aged 23 or older) from Area 2 who demonstrate financial need.




    Jeanine C. Marsters Nursing Scholarship

    Jeanine Marsters was a Registered Nurse at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa in Mason City for 14 years and taught clinical nursing at NIACC. She passed away in 2011 after courageously fighting health issues for many years. To honor her love of nursing, Jeanine’s family created the Jeanine C. Marsters Nursing Scholarship. Jeanine’s husband, Jeffrey, her two children, Jennifer and Justin, along with many friends and family members helped endow this memorial scholarship. Jeanine, through her love of nursing, education and her unique teaching style, enriched the lives of hundreds of nurses at Mercy and countless nursing students at NIACC. She had an enduring positive attitude that provided hope and inspired all whom knew her, a contagious sense of humor, and a loving commitment to those around her, family or friend, fellow nurse or student. The Jeanine C. Marsters Nursing Scholarship will enable Jeanine to continue to inspire and provide hope to nurses of the future. This fund will provide scholarships annually for a second-year nursing student.




    Jim and Sue Johnson Scholarship

    After enjoying an extremely fulfilling career in the aviation industry Jim Johnson and his wife Sue, established the Jim and Sue Johnson Scholarship. Johnson remembered his Mason City Junior College (NIACC’s predecessor) experience, and the positive impact instructors had on him. Johnson graduated from NIACC, Iowa State University with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and MIT with an MBA. This scholarship will assist students who are studying in the math or science field.




    Jo and Gus Brandt Scholarship

    When his wife Jo passed away, NIACC retiree Gus Brandt wanted to do something to honor her memory and the excellent care she received in her last years. Gus’ diverse career at the College provided him with the insight to recognize the importance of scholarships for students. In the spring of 2011, he established the Jo and Gus Brandt Scholarship for students in the licensed practical nursing or associate degree nursing programs. Preference is given to students who are employed by Heritage Care Center in Mason City, where Jo was a resident.




    Joel and Joyce Hanes Scholarship

    Joel and Joyce Hanes Endowment Fund was established in 1999 during the Keeping NIACC First campaign




    Joel Picker Social Science Scholarship

    This Ambassador Scholarship was created by long-time NIACC sociology instructor Joel Picker before his death in 1996. To be eligible, students must be a social science major, have completed 27 semester hours at NIACC, and be enrolled at a four-year institution as a social science major.




    John and Donna Hitzhusen Scholarship

    Dr. John and Donna Hitzhusen, long-time residents of Charles City, established this endowed scholarship in 1998 for NIACC students who reside in Charles City or Floyd County. John graduated from Mason City Junior College (NIACC’s predecessor) in 1934 and went on to establish a dental practice in Charles City. He retired after practicing for over 50 years.




    John and Mary Pappajohn Scholarship

    This scholarship was established by John and Mary Pappajohn to promote entrepreneurship.




    John O. Starks Memorial Scholarship

    The John O. Starks Memorial Scholarship Fund, designated for a second-year accounting student, was established to recognize John’s commitment to education and the accounting profession. He was a member of the NIACC Board of Directors from 1970-86, serving as Board President for much of that time.




    John Oertel Women's Basketball Scholarship

    This permanetly endowed fund was established by former NIACC Women's Basketball athletes, NIACC alumna, friends and family of JOhn Oertel. The scholarships will be awared by the head Women's Basketball coach to a full-time student based on talent, grades and financial need.




    John R. Adams Academic Scholarship

    The Adams Family Foundation was established in 2006 by John R. Adams, a long-time resident of Nora Springs. Mr. Adams valued the importance of education particularly the academics. He believed that success in life could be greatly enahanced if one could demonstrate strong communication skills and a solid understanding of mathematics. The John R. Adams Academic Scholarship emphasizes academic achievement and outstanding community invovlement. The applicant must have a cumulatitve 3.0 grade point average or higher and continue his/her education at an accredited education institution in Iowa. This scholarship is renewable annually, up to four years, provided the student maintains a 3.0 GPA of higher as verified by official transcripts.




    John S. Rothamel Memorial Scholarship

    John S. Rothamel, a 1948 graduate of Mason City Junior College (NIACC’s predecessor), taught in the College’s Business Department and also served as NIACC’s Director of Institutional Services, Dean of Instruction and Executive Dean. He retired in 1984. John’s son, John A. Rothamel, established this endowed scholarship fund in August 1999 to honor his father’s memory. Scholarships will be awarded to NIACC business majors who are graduates of Charles City High School, Mason City High School, Newman Catholic High School or Northwood-Kensett High School.




    Jon Lewerke Memorial Baseball Scholarship

    Jon Lewerke had a passion for baseball. He was extremely involved in his sons’ baseball careers, both playing for Newman Catholic and then NIACC. After Jon’s passing in 2009, his family established this scholarship in his memory. It will be awarded to graduates of Newman Catholic or Mason City High School who plan to attend NIACC and participate in baseball. Jon made his career in the building trades field and founded Woodharbor Doors and Cabinetry with his brothers. Jon was generous with his time and served on the NIACC Foundation, the Newman Foundation and the Vi-Cor boards.




    Julie Harris Hupp Business Scholarship

    Julie Harris Hupp a 1981 NIACC graduate started the Julie Harris Hupp Business Scholarship because of her great experience at NIACC and one of her favorite NIACC instructors,accounting instructor, Fred Humphries.  Hupp has spent her career in the business arena as an analyst and internal auditor.  The Julie Harris Hupp Business Scholarship assists full-time NIACC students studying in the area of business.


    Kaler Family Rugby Scholarship

    NIACC alumnus Paul Kaler ' 92 and his wife Sarah started the Kaler Family Rugby Scholarship in 2015.  Paul, Sarah and their children, Leah and Jonah all enjoy playing rugby and are interested in growing the sport. For the Kalers rugby has provided lifelong relationships and opportunities to travel around the world.  As a NIACC graduate, Paul has an appreciation for the educational opportunities that NIACC provides for students who may not otherwise consider higher education.  Three scholarships are awarded each year and may be renewed for a second year if awarded student continues to meet scholarship criteria.


    Kathleen Sonnesyn Memorial Scholarship

    In 1997, the Kathleen Sonnesyn Memorial Scholarship was created by family members to honor Kathleen’s dedication to NIACC and her love for nursing. Sonnesyn chaired NIACC’s nursing program from 1988 through 1997. She died at age 56 from a rare bone marrow disease. The lives of hundreds of NIACC nursing students were enriched through Kathleen’s teaching and leadership. This scholarship is designated for a second-year nursing student.




    Kay Cavanaugh Maring Scholarship

    Sponsored by the 10th district of the Iowa Nurses Association (INA), an annual scholarship is awarded to a student currently enrolled in the Nursing II or III curriculum of the NIACC Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. Kay Cavanaugh Maring was a nurse in the community who, upon her death in 1995, requested that memorials be given to the Virginia Lawrence Scholarship fund. Kay served as director of nursing at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Mason City, county nurse of Cerro Gordo County, and staff nurse at Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake. Recipients are selected by faculty based on scholarship criteria available.  In 2015 Kay Cavanaugh Maring's daughter Jane Gleeman renamed the scholarship in her mother's name as the fund had been depleted.  Gleeman started funding the scholarship at this time. 




    Kenneth A. Loeb Memorial Scholarship

    The Kenneth A. Loeb Memorial Scholarship was established by Kenneth’s father, John Loeb. Kenneth died as a result of a car accident while he was enrolled at NIACC during his sophomore year. Applicants must be sophomore students who may be unable to continue without financial assistance.




    Lake Mills Scholarship Fund

    Lake Mills community members created this scholarship fund to assist residents of Lake Mills in attending NIACC to further their education. Applicants must be residents of the Lake Mills School District who are at least 18 years old enrolling in 2-6 semester hours at the Lake Mills Community Education Center and/or NIACC’s main campus.




    Leadership Scholarship

    Created in 1997, these scholarships are designed for students living outside NIACC’s service area who demonstrate leadership at their high school and have the potential of continuing their leadership development at NIACC. Students are recommended by their high school counselors and staff and must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Once enrolled at NIACC, the recipient will be required to be involved in one extracurricular activity at the College.




    Leon and Naureen Heiman Memorial Scholarship

    The Leon and Naureen Heiman Memorial Scholarship was created by their six children to honor their parents’ strong encouragement of advanced education. Five of the six children graduated from Mason City Junior College (NIACC’s predecessor) and completed at least two years of higher education. The scholarship is awarded each year to a student in the nursing program who has financial need.




    Leonard Gobeli Memorial Scholarship

    Teresa Gobeli VanHorn '80 and Laura Gobeli '85, daughters of Leonard Gobeli '92 established a scholarship in their father's name in 2017. The Leonard Gobeli Memorial Scholarship will assist students in building trades, education and nursing. Teresa and Laura were both first generation NIACC students when they attended in the 80's. Leonard attended later in life at NIACC studying Building Trades graduating in 1992. VanHorn and Gobeli both know NIACC gave them a good start to very successful careers.




    Lloyd and Georgetta Farrer Scholarship

    The endowed scholarship was established in 2007 by the Farrer Endowment Foundation. These scholarship awards are unrestricted.




    Loyal and Pearl Minor Memorial Fund

    Pearl Minor originally established this scholarship fund in memory of her husband, Loyal, a former Mason City Junior College (NIACC’s predecessor) instructor. After Pearl (who was also a MCJC instructor) died in 1984, their daughter chose to continue this scholarship fund. Applicants must be from the NIACC service area and enrolled in a prebaccalaureate program.


    Ludie Wight Nursing Scholarship

    The Ludie Wight Nursing Scholarship was established in 2013 in memory of Ludie Wight.  This scholarship will be awarded to a full-time nursing major.




    Mae D. Greene Memorial Scholarship

    The Mae Green Memorial Scholarship was established in Mae's memory to recognize and assist students that take care of individuals who live in care centers. This scholarship will be given to employees of Heritage Care Center for any continuing education, medical training, certification or study.




    Marie J. Schalekamp Memorial Scholarship

    For 20 years Marie Schalekamp influenced thousands of young people by leading the College’s English department. She wrote the textbooks used by freshman English and communication students at the College in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Applicants must be students from NIACC’s service area, enrolled in a liberal arts program leading to a bachelor’s degree and have an academic record showing the potential to succeed in college.




    Martin Marietta Scholarship

    In 1998, Martin Marietta Aggregates established a scholarship for students enrolled in the Building Trades or Industrial Technology area. Martin Marietta Aggregates has 20 locations and approximately 150 employees throughout North Iowa. The company quarries and crushes rock to be used as fill in roads or building foundations.




    Mary Ann Eisenmann Scholarship

    Mary Ann Eisenmann spent her life in the field of education as a kindergarten teacher.  Mary Ann graduated from Iowa State Teacher's College now UNI.  Mary Ann taught kindergarten in Fort Dodge, Garner, Charles City and Mason City for a total of 40 years. Mary Ann utilized estate planning and established the Mary Anne Eisenmann Scholarship for first or second year NIACC students who plan to obtain their bachelor's degree in elementary education. Mary Ann passed away in July of 2014 and the scholarship was established at that time.


    Mary Furleigh Woerner Nursing Scholarship

    As a tribute to her volunteerism in the North Iowa community and years of service to NIACC as an instructor and tutor, Bob and Donna Furleigh honored Mary Furleigh Woerner with an endowed scholarship. Brother and sister, Bob and Mary grew up in the Clear Lake area. Mary is known on campus for her 22 years as an instructor with the nursing program. In her retirement she continues to enrich the lives of students as a tutor in the Student Learning Center. Many local organizations have benefitted from Mary’s volunteerism. This scholarship will be awarded each year to a worthy student enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing program.




    Mason City Chamber Agri Business Committee Scholarship

    The Mason City Chamber Agri Business Committee sponsors an annual scholarship for a student in Agricultural Technology.




    Maude Wilson Vocal Music Scholarship

    Maude Elizabeth Wilson attended Mason City Junior College (NIACC’s predecessor) in 1939. She was multi-talented and excelled in music, speech and drama. Her sister, Mary Wilson Laudner, and husband Delbert established this scholarship fund in 1997 in her memory. Applicants must demonstrate a talent in vocal music; preference is given to music majors.




    Melvin "Bud" Wilson Scholarship

    To honor a man who would have loved to share his interest in cars and engines with young people, the Melvin “Bud” Wilson Scholarship was established. Mary Wilson Laudner, Bud’s sister, and her husband, Delbert, created this scholarship in 2000 for students enrolled in the Automotive Service Technology program. Bud enlisted in the United States Navy in 1942. In 1946, he was discharged and returned to Mason City where he operated the Davis Radiator Shop. “Bud was always very interested in cars and engines and would have loved the opportunity to receive the advanced education available through the program that NIACC now offers,” Mary Laudner said.




    Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa Scholarship

    Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa created this endowed scholarship fund in 2004. The scholarship is directed first for nurses and other medical programs.




    Mercy Medical Center Auxiliary - North Iowa Scholarship

    This scholarship fund, established by the Mercy Medical Center Auxiliary-North Iowa, benefits NIACC nursing students who have successfully completed Nursing II and are in good standing in NIACC’s nursing program.




    Merle and Delores Kudej Scholarship

    This endowed scholarship was established through a bequest from Delores Kudej. Delores, a Fort Dodge native, attended Mason City Junior College (NIACC’s predecessor). She and her husband Merle made their home on a farm near Kanawha. Delores was very interested in education and helping young people further their education. This $2,500 scholarship is for second-year students who have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Special consideration is given to students who demonstrate financial need.




    Merlin Scholl Scholarship

    Merlin Scholl spent 36 years as a dedicated educator. Mr. Scholl, a former high school principal and teacher also served as a guidance counselor in the Waterloo School District for 25 years, prior to retiring in 1987. Mr. Scholl was an avid reader, fisherman and coin collector. He loved to travel and also worked as an election poll official for 14 years during his retirement. Mr. Scholl was a gentle man who lived and enjoyed a very rich full life. As part of Merlin Scholl's estate planning, the Merlin Scholl Scholarship was established. This scholarship will assist students from Cerro Gordo County who attend NIACC full-time and have at least a 2.5 grade point average.


    Michael C. Morrison Scholarship

    Dr. Michael C. Morrison began his tenure at NIACC in 1989 as the vice president of academic affairs. In 2001, Morrison was selected as President; the post he held until his retirement in 2008. A longtime friend of the College, Margaret MacNider, established this scholarship to honor Dr. Morrison's leadership and his commitment to NIACC and North Iowa. These $1,000 awards are unrestricted.




    Michael R. Emerson Criminal Justice Scholarship

    George and Mary O’Donnell established the Michael R. Emerson Criminal Justice Scholarship in memory their long-time friend, Michael R. Emerson. This scholarship is designed for a returning Criminal Justice student, with a preference of a 3.0 cumulative GPA. “Michael was a friend to everyone…He served and protected the community for over 32 years a lieutenant with the Cedar Rapid Police Department,” said George. Mike, a 1968 NIACC graduate, served as a patrolman, firearms instructor, range officer, quartermaster and defensive tactics trainer. He also led the Special Problems and Negotiations Team and served on the Bomb Squad.




    Mike and Robin Edgar Scholarship

    The Edgars believe deeply in the educational mission of NIACC. Robin attended NIACC as a single parent and was able to complete her degree with a scholarship. She earned an associate’s degree from NIACC and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Buena Vista College (now Buena Vista University). Robin owns Edgar Financial Group in Mason City. Many community organizations have benefitted from her involvement, including the NIACC Foundation Board. Mike received his GED through NIACC. He is retired from Davis Manufacturing Company. The Edgars are committed to helping future generations of NIACC students complete their educations. The Mike and Robin Edgar Scholarship is available to full-time NIACC students.




    Molly & Tommy Pang Scholarship

    NIACC Foundation board member, Kim Pang and his wife Deborah started the Molly & Tommy Pang Scholarship for Kim's parents who've always advocated for "further education".  After attending several of the foundation's annual scholarship recognition luncheons the Pangs knew that without scholarships, going to college would not be an option for some students. This is a scholarship for full-time NIACC students with preference for international students.


    NIACC Alumni Association Ambassador Scholarship

    This scholarship is funded and sponsored by the NIACC Foundation.




    NIACC Ambassador

    The generosity of an anonymous donor made the NIACC Ambassador Scholarship possible. The thought of helping a student achieve their educational dreams by furthering their education is what inspired this donor to create the scholarship. This ambassador award is designated to assist students graduating from NIACC who are pursuing a four-year degree.




    NIACC Employee Scholarship Fund

    These scholarships are made possible through regular contributions to the Foundation by NIACC employees.




    NIACC Foundation Art Scholarship

    This scholarship is funded and sponsored by the NIACC Foundation. Scholarships available through the Art Department




    NIACC Foundation Instrumental Music Scholarship

    This scholarship is funded and sponsored by the NIACC Foundation. Scholarships available through the Instrumental Music department.




    NIACC Foundation Public Radio Scholarship

    This scholarship is This scholarship is funded and sponsored by the NIACC Foundation.




    NIACC Foundation Scholarship

    This scholarship is funded and sponsored by the NIACC Foundation. .




    NIACC Foundation Scholarship (SNS)

    The NIACC Foundation awards a variety of scholarship to new students each year. These scholarships are made available through the generosity of NIACC employees, board members, alumni, businesses, organizations and other friends of the College.




    NIACC Foundation Tool & Die Scholarship

    This scholarship is funded and sponsored by the NIACC Foundation.




    NIACC Foundation Vocal Music Scholarship

    This scholarship is funded and sponsored by the NIACC Foundation. Scholarships available through the Vocal Music Department.




    NIACC IST Scholarship

    The NIACC IST Scholarship was established in 2012, by Robert Franken. Bob, the Industrial System Technology electronics instructor at NIACC, saw a need to help IST students help achieve their educational dreams. He created this scholarship to benefit a second year NIACC student who is majoring in Industrial Systems Technology.




    NIACC Life Long Learning Institute Scholarship

    Friends of NIACC’s Lifelong Learning Institute established this annual scholarship to be awarded to a full-time NIACC student based on a combination of academics and financial need.




    NIACEA

    The North Iowa Area Community College Education Association (NIACEA) awards two scholarships annually. Scholarships will be made to fulltime students who have completed at least 30 hours of credit with a minimum of 20 semester hours of credit at NIACC and at least 3.0 cumulative NIACC GPA.




    Noreen H. Barkema Tuition Grants

    As a long-time educator, Noreen H. Barkema understood the value of an education. Noreen taught in rural Hancock County, Klemme and Mason City throughout her career. Noreen passed away in November of 2005, leaving the NIACC Foundation $100,000 in her estate to establish Noreen H. Barkema Tuition Grants to be used for needy students. The FAFSA form is required to determine financial need. NIACC’s school code is 001877.




    Norma Jaeger Scholarship

    Norma Jaeger studied and became an LPN after the age of 40.  Her daughter, Janet Petefish established the Norma Jaeger Scholarship in her mother's memory in 2015.  This scholarship will be awarded to two full-time, non-traditional nursing students, (1) LPN and (1) second year ADN student, both in the amount of $1,000. 


    North Iowa Automotive Technology Scholarship

    Established in 1995 by interested area automotive businesses, the Elizabeth Muse Norris Charitable Foundation endowed this fund. Applicants must be NIACC students who have completed their first year in the Automotive Service Technology program.




    North Iowa Broadcasting (KLKK, KCHA, KSMA, KIOW) Scholarship

    North Iowa Broadcasting is a locally owned and operated business committed to providing scholarships for students from their listening area. This annual scholarship is for full-time students from the North Iowa Broadcasting listening area, including all of NIACC’s service area and adjacent counties in southern Minnesota. North Iowa Broadcasting stations include 98.7 Kiss Country, 103.7 The Fox, KIOW 107.3 FM, and KCHA 95.9 FM.




    North Iowa Vintage Auto Club

    Members of the North Iowa Vintage Auto Club established this award for individuals who love automobiles as much as they do. The scholarship benefits a second-year student with financial need, who is completing NIACC’s Automotive Service Technology program.




    NSB Bank Scholarship

    Kary Paulson (a 1967 NIACC graduate), Chairman of the Board of NSB Bank in Northwood and Mason City, established this scholarship in 1998 to assist NIACC students interested in entering a banking career upon graduation. NSB Bank was organized in 1933 and purchased by the Paulson family in 1954. The NSB Bank Scholarship is an annual award for a graduate of Northwood-Kensett, Mason City, or Newman Catholic High School who is enrolled in a Business or Advanced Technology program at NIACC.




    P.E.O. Chapter GN Scholarship

    The P.E.O. Chapter GN Scholarship was established in 2015 to assist part-time non-traditional female students at NIACC. 


    P.E.O. Chapters of Mason City Scholarship

    The eight Mason City Chapters of P.E.O., a philanthropic educational organization for women, established a scholarship to assist a non-traditional, female student. P.E.O. was founded in 1869, placing it among the oldest women’s organizations in North America. Originally, P.E.O. began as a friendship society at Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.  P.E.O. has evolved into one of the largest nonsectarian, community-based organizations with nearly 6,000 chapters and almost a quarter million members.  P.E.O. supports six philanthropies that include ownership of Cottey College, and five programs that provider higher educational assistance through scholarships, grants and loans, all assisting women in furthering their education.

     






    Patrick Scherber Automotive Scholarship

    Connie Scherber created this scholarship in 2006 to honor the memory of her late husband, Patrick. Patrick’s family feels that this scholarship is a great tribute to his career in education and his love for cars. The scholarship is designated for an Automotive Service Technology student from the Area 2 or Southern Minnesota area who shows good work ethic and demonstrates the skills necessary to be gainfully employed in the Automotive Service industry. Preference is given to a non-traditional student.




    Paul and Barbara MacGregor Scholarship

    Paul and Barbara MacGregor want to help deserving area students continue their education. The MacGregors returned to North Iowa in 1985; Paul is an urologist and Barbara is an active volunteer. “NIACC enriches individuals, and individuals enrich the community,” said Barbara. “It is exciting to think what our communities would be like if everyone had the opportunity to continue their education.”




    Paul and Clara Gustafson Memorial Scholarship

    Paul and Clara Gustafson were long-time residents of Mason City and friends of education. As a memorial to her parents, Marion and her husband, Tony Wanat, established this fund in 1981 for NIACC students from the College’s service area who have completed at least one and preferably two semesters of study at NIACC and possess an academic record showing the potential to succeed.




    Polly Hedgecock Memorial Scholarship

    As a memorial to her sister, Pauline (Polly) Hedgecock, Helen Yeager of Oklahoma established this fund in 1994. Hedgecock was a foreign language instructor at NIACC from 1955 to 1972. This is an unrestricted scholarship; however, preference is given to students interested in foreign languages.




    R.L. and Helen Currie Memorial Scholarship

    This endowed scholarship fund was established through the estate of Helen Currie in order to help students for many years. R.L. and Helen both believed very strongly in higher education for everyone. The Curries supported the College and understood the benefits NIACC provides to the entire North Iowa region.




    Residence Hall Scholarships

    NIACC Residence Hall Scholarships are available for students who plan on living in or returning to the resident halls. Awards are competitive and based on academic ability and citizenship qualities.




    Richard D. Hays Memorial Scholarship

    Friends and family of Richard Hays contributed to this scholarship to honor his memory and connections with NIACC.  His association with the College started when he was a student at Mason City Junior College (NIACC's predecessor).  After graduating from Iowa State, he came back to Mason City to start the Automotive Technology program at MCJC.  He continued teaching in the program fro 30 years and retired from the College in 1993.  This scholarship was established by his wife Sharon to benefit students in the automotive program.




    River City Street Rods Scholarship

    The River City Street Rods Club established this annual scholarship to help students who are car enthusiasts to further their education. The scholarship is awarded to students in the second year of the automotive program who have a good work ethic and plan to make a career in the automotive industry.




    Robert and Lois Bergland Scholarship

    The Robert and Lois Bergland Scholarship was established in 2004 with funds from their estate to make awards to deserving students. Robert and Lois, graduates of Mason City Junior College (NIACC’s predecessor), valued their education at NIACC and were always proud to say they graduated from the College.




    Robert H. and Donna V. Furleigh Scholarship

    Robert and Donna Furleigh have been long time NIACC supporters and through their generosity have established the Robert H. and Donna V. Furleigh Scholarship to support second year NIACC students. The Furleighs know the need and importance of technically trained employees for the North Iowa economy and hope this scholarship will make a difference.




    Robert H. and Mary Isensee Ambassador Scholarship

    The Isensee legacy continues through this endowed scholarship fund established in 1980 by Robert and Mary Isensee. Mr. Isensee once said, “We all need further education, and local colleges are the best place to start.” Applicants must be area high school graduates planning to study computer science, economics, business administration or agricultural business.




    Robert H. and Mary Isensee Scholarship

    The Isensee legacy continues through this endowed scholarship fund established in 1980 by Robert and Mary Isensee. Mr. Isensee once said, “We all need further education, and local colleges are the best place to start.” Applicants must be area high school graduates planning to study computer science, economics, business administration or agricultural business.




    Robert W.B. (Bob) Krieger Memorial Scholarship

    Sandy Krieger established this scholarship in 2004 in memory of her late husband, Bob. In 1991, Bob formed TeamQuest Corp, a software development company. At the time of his death, Bob was serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of TeamQuest Corp. Bob founded TeamQuest Foundation, which was organized to assist non-profit entities in enhancing the use of technology in their daily operations. Recipients of this award must be enrolled full-time at either NIACC or Iowa State University (if ISU, the student must be a NIACC grad), have a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and major in pre-engineering/engineering.




    Robinson-McGuire Scholarship

    Rachel (Robinson) McGuire ‘91, Director of Enrollment Services at NIACC, established the Robinson-McGuire Scholarship for a full-time female athlete in 2014.  McGuire has always felt so appreciative for the opportunities and experiences she had as a student athlete.  “If it weren’t for athletics, I probably would not have attended college.  Coming to NIACC and being successful on and off the court and diamond really opened my eyes.  I realized I was capable of earning higher degrees and being a leader. My hope is that other young women will have the same opportunity through this scholarship,  to play sports in college and become a leader in their profession.” McGuire also credited the mentoring she received when she first started working for NIACC in 1993.  “There were so many people who were willing to mentor me as a young professional.  I still think of them, almost daily, and wonder how they might go about solving an issue.  I can’t express my gratitude enough to those individuals. I wanted to provide this scholarship for young women who are just starting their educational career.  I want these young women to know someone is looking out for their best interests and life potential.  NIACC changed my life and I want to do the same for others.




    Roger and Marie Pitman Memorial Scholarship

    Roger and Marie Pitman lived their entire lives in Mason City and both developed multiple sclerosis in mid-life. These two people chose not to be bitter but gave all they could to their family and others around them. To honor their parents’ memory, their children established this endowed scholarship fund. Applicants should be enrolled in medical or nursing curriculum (excluding chiropractic medicine, optometry, podiatry, psychology, and sociology). This scholarship award is based on academic achievement and need.




    Rollo C. Keithahn Memorial Scholarship

    Lena Keithahn established this fund in 1984 in memory of Rollo C. Keithahn, a former history and economics teacher at Mason City Junior College (NIACC’s predecessor). Rollo’s sister, Luella Keithahn, later added to this fund through a trust and her own bequest, greatly increasing the number of awards available. Applicants must be from the NIACC service area who are enrolled in a prebaccalaureate course of study, possess an academic record showing the potential to succeed and demonstrate financial need.




    Ron and Karen Knudtson Scholarship

    Karen Knudtson has served on the NIACC Board of Directors since 1989. She and her husband Ron, long-time Mason City residents, created this scholarship in 2011. Preference for this scholarship is given to students from Ron's hometown of Lake Mills and Karen's hometown of Klemme, but the award is also available for students from Forest City.




    Ron and Margaret Hoel Scholarship

    The Hoel family feels like NIACC gave them the base they needed for successful careers in education and industry (mining). Ron, a 1968 graduate of the College, and his wife, Margaret Hoel established this endowed scholarship. Their children are also NIACC graduates; Ryan in 1995 and Kelly in 1997. The Hoel’s are thrilled to provide this opportunity for students dedicated to advancing their lives and the lives of others. This scholarship was created to benefit a fulltime sophomore from Nora Springs or Rock Falls. Recipients must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Awards alternate between education and industrial technology majors.




    Samantha Jo Vining Memorial Nursing Scholarship

    Teresa Fenske established the Samantha Jo Vining Memorial Scholarship to honor their daughter Samantha who passed away in 2014.  Samantha was a 2nd year NIACC nursing student ready to take her state boards.  This scholarship will assist a 2nd year female nursing student.


    Schaefer Building Trades Scholarship

    “There are many good employment opportunities here in Iowa, but those jobs will only go to people with the right training,” said Tom Schaefer, president of Henkel Construction. Tom and his wife, Linda, established this scholarship fund to encourage North Iowans to join the construction industry and improve their skills. Linda, a NIACC graduate, adds, “...we need to establish scholarships to assist NIACC students in achieving their goals; their education will impact their future and the future of North Iowa.” This scholarship is for students enrolled in NIACC’s Building Trades Program.




    Schmidt Family Math Scholarship

    NIACC retirees, Norm and Linda Schmidt of Mason City, have deep connections and loyalty to NIACC. The Schmidts endowed the Schmidt Family Math Scholarship to benefit NIACC students with math majors. The Schmidt Family Scholarship will assist students who graduate from the High School Equivalency Degree (HSED) program.  Norm Schmidt was a math instructor at NIACC from 1965 to 1997. Linda Schmidt was a section chair in the Adult Education / Community Services Division from 1971 to 1989.  The Schmidt’s three daughters all graduated from NIACC. The Schmidts believe that scholarships are an essential foundation as they encourage individuals to reflect on and strive for a well-rounded education. Scholarships also assist people in becoming future community members in good standing.
     


    Schmidt Family Scholarship

    NIACC retirees, Norm and Linda Schmidt of Mason City, have deep connections and loyalty to NIACC. The Schmidts endowed the Schmidt Family Math Scholarship to benefit NIACC students with math majors. The Schmidt Family Scholarship will assist students who graduate from the High School Equivalency Degree (HSED) program.  Norm Schmidt was a math instructor at NIACC from 1965 to 1997. Linda Schmidt was a section chair in the Adult Education / Community Services Division from 1971 to 1989.  The Schmidt’s three daughters all graduated from NIACC. The Schmidts believe that scholarships are an essential foundation as they encourage individuals to reflect on and strive for a well-rounded education. Scholarships also assist people in becoming future community members in good standing.
     


    Senator Jack Kibbie Veterans Scholarship

    Jack Kibbie, who retired from the Iowa Legislature in the spring of 2012, served in Korea as a tank commander during the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star. During the 1965 Iowa Legislature, Senator Kibbie sponsored the bill to create Iowa's community colleges. He is fondly referred to as the "Father of Community Colleges" in Iowa. Jack Kibbie of Emmetsburg, Iowa, served on the Iowa Lakes Community College Board for 17 years and was president for 10 of the years. This scholarship was established in 2012 by NIACC and the NIACC Foundation to honor Senator Kibbie and his service to Iowa and to his country.




    Sergeant Scott Allen Memorial Scholarship

    In 2017, Bailey and Andrew Cummins started a term scholarship in memory of Andrew's uncommissioned officer, Sergeant Scott Allen. The Sergean Scott Allen Memorial Scholarship will assist an active duty military member, the spouse or child of an active duty military member or a veteran of active duty military service who is a part-time or full-time student at NIACC.


    Simon Estes Scholarship

    This scholarship fund was created following Simon Estes’ appearance at NIACC. Following his Auditorium performance, over 200 North Iowans joined him at a VIP reception to support the establishment of this fund. Applicants must be talented vocal music performers.




    Stan Harrison Memorial Scholarship

    To honor the memory of the legacy of his father, Chad Harrison and Harrison Truck Centers has invested in an endowed scholarship for full-time students in the diesel technology program.  The Stan Harrison Memorial Scholarship was started in July of 2014.




    Steneker Family Fund

    Bill and Virginia Steneker established this fund in 1984. Bill influenced the lives of many young people through personal modeling and coaching during his years of teaching.




    Sukup Manufacturing Scholarship

    Sukup Manufacturing established the Sukup Manufacturing Scholarship in conjunction with the Advanced Manufacturing Symposium held in Sheffield, Iowa in 2014.  The scholarship will assist a full-time NIACC student who have attended the West Fork Industrial Technology Academy during high school through NIACC Career Link and major in Tool & Die, IST or Welding while at NIACC.


    Susanta de Alwis Ambassador Scholarship

    Foundation board member Darshini Jayawardena established this scholarship in memory of her father. Susanta de Alwais served as an Ambassador for his country, Sri Lanka. He valued education and emphasized its importance as the vehicle to success. This Ambassador award is designated to students graduating from NIACC who are pursuing a four-year degree.




    Terry D. Reichardt Memorial Engineering Scholarship

    The Terry D. Reichardt Memorial Engineering Scholarship was established in 1979 by Mr. and Mrs. Dale Reichardt. Preference is given to NIACC students studying engineering or pre-engineering.




    The Oliver Scholarship

    Greg Lauer, a Business and Accounting instructor at NIACC, created this scholarship in 2011 for full-time NIACC students. Preference is given to first-year students majoring in business. In honor of a family member, special consideration is given to students with a learning disability or special needs in the classroom.




    The Principal Financial Group Foundation, Inc. Scholarship

    The Principal Financial Group Foundation, Inc. established this scholarship fund to assist NIACC students in meeting their career goals. Multiple scholarships will be awarded to full-time NIACC sophomore students majoring in Business related fields with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, preference is given to at least one minority candidate.




    Tom Wedeking Memorial Scholarship

    The family of Tom Wedeking established this fund as a memorial to him in 1993. Wedeking believed that with good technical training, a keen desire to learn and a strong work ethic, an individual has great potential for success. He often urged his daughters and fellow employees to “always give 110 percent to any task.” Applicants must be NIACC students who have successfully completed one year of any program in the Industrial Technology area, possess a desire to learn how things work, and have an acceptable, not necessarily superior, academic standing.




    TRiO Student Support Services Merit Scholarship

    SSS Merit Scholarship scholarship was established through the NIACC Foundation for students who are a current, active SSS participant.




    Ward D. Harrison Memorial Fund

    A 1930 graduate (and quarterback of the football team), Dr. Harrison started this fund in 1984. After attending Mason City Junior College (NIACC’s predecessor), he went on to earn his Ph.D. and purchased Howard Paper Mills Inc. in 1972. In addition to an extraordinary professional career, Dr. Harrison devoted much of his time to educational and charitable organizations.




    Wayne and Barb Opheim Family Scholarship

    The Wayne and Barb Opheim Family Scholarship was created to provide Mason City High School (MCHS) graduates the opportunity to continue their education at NIACC. Wayne Opheim taught accounting at NIACC for 22 years, and his wife, Barbara, taught at MCHS for 30 years. Their four children – Gena, Doug, Teresa and Joan – all graduated from the College; Doug played baseball and Teresa was a member of the NIACC Singers and orchestra. “NIACC has served our family well,” said Doug Opheim, creator of the scholarship who works as an executive with RSM McGladrey, Inc., in Minneapolis. “We hope this scholarship helps other students take advantage of all NIACC has to offer.” The award is designated for a MCHS graduate with a minimum 3.25 GPA who has been active in athletics or music.




    Wells Fargo Bank Ambassador Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in 1986 by Wells Fargo Bank of Mason City. Two scholarships are awarded each year. At least one scholarship is given as an Ambassador Scholarship to a NIACC graduate going on to a four-year institution.




    Wells Fargo Bank Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in 1986 by Wells Fargo Bank of Mason City.




    Wempen Family Scholarship

    Dick and Rita Wempen created this endowed scholarship in 2007 to acknowledge their family’s relationship with NIACC and an overall appreciation of education. Dick and Rita made careers in education, as Dick a counselor at NIACC for 32 years, and Rita taught elementary music in Clear Lake. The Wempen’s three children graduated from Clear Lake High School and NIACC and pursued professional careers in education and law enforcement. This scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate of Clear Lake High School. Applicants must be in the top half of their class. Preference is given to students majoring in education or law enforcement and students who are involved in extra-curricular activities.




    Wilbert and Luella Brandau Scholarship

    Wilbert ‘Web’ Brandau and his wife, Luella, were longtime supporters of education and especially NIACC. Web generously donated his time to the College by volunteering for 34 years, serving as a College Trustee from 1966 to 1986 and a Foundation Director from 1986 to 2000. As a way to honor their parent’s dedication to the College, Web and Luella’s children established this endowed scholarship to benefit students from the area in which we served. Students with a 3.0 GPA or higher from Osage, Rudd, Rockford, Marble Rock, Nora Springs and Rock Falls are eligible for this annual award. Web strongly believed that education allows communities to grow and prosper. This scholarship is a testament to the Brandau’s belief in local, affordable education.




    Will F. Muse Scholarship

    Upon the death of Elizabeth Muse Norris  a large part of her estate was given to the Lee Endowment Foundation for the formation of the Will F. Muse Scholarship.  Will Muse was Elizabeth's father who purchased the Globe Gazette with along with another business partner in 1898.  Will Muse remained Editor and Publisher of the Globe Gazette until his death in 1931.  Elizabeth embraced philantrophy and vowed to continue use the endowment built by her father to help others.This scholarship is funded to keep the memory of the Muse family alive and to assist worthwhile community programs.  NIACC students from Mason City and Cerro Gordo county aware awarded every year for academics, good moral character and need.


    William Georgou Memorial Scholarship

    William Georgou established this scholarship in his estate planning as a memorial scholarship in his name to assist students who plan to become teachers in any field who have demonstrated a combination of academic achievement and extracurricular activities, the skills needed to both educate and motivate future generations of children.




    Wood Business Scholarship

    Laura Wood established the Wood Business Scholarship in the fall of 2011. Laura is a long time employee of the College and currently serves as the Chair of the NIACC Business Division. This term scholarship will benefit a second year NIACC student who is majoring in business.




    Young Plumbing and Heating Scholarship

    Young Plumbing & Heating believes that a good education is the start of a great employee and experienced employees are this company’s greatest asset. This philosophy led them to support a scholarship for students in NIACC’s HVAC program. Started in 1934, Young Plumbing & Heating is a family owned company, owned and operated by the Young, Becker and Tink families. They service Waterloo and surrounding areas. They are proud to announce the Young Plumbing & Heating Scholarship to be awarded to a returning second year student enrolled in the HVAC program.




    Ziegler CAT Scholarship

    In 2018, Ziegler CAT funded the Ziegler CAT Scholarship to assist NIACC students studying in the Diesel Technology program. The scholarship gives preference to students who intern with the company.






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