SCHOLARSHIPS

The VSCSD Foundation currently administers 14 endowed scholarships to the benefit of Vinton-Shellsburg High School graduates.


All applications will be due or postmarked by April 1 st to be eligible for consideration.  Applications are open for submission in February. 

Vinton-Shellsburg students interested in applying for any of these scholarships should contact their school guidance counselor.

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ELMO AND MARY ZADA

BAXER MEMORIAL

​Two one-year scholarships will be awarded with a preference toward one female and one male. The applicants must be in good standing and in the top 30% of their graduating class. The recipients must have been admitted to an Iowa College or University.

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BEN AND NINA

SMITH MEMORIAL

​Open to all applicants pursing a post-secondary education. Essay required.

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ESTHER WILLIAMS

MEMORIAL

​Open to all applicants pursing a post-secondary education and who have demonstrated a commitment to commmunity service.

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Kathy Luze Memorial Scholarship

The Luze scholarship can be awarded to students pursuing post-secondary schooling in any field. The primary requirement is for the student to be passionate about their field of study.

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HOWARD AND IMOGENE

MATTERS

​Awarded to a V-S HS graduate who is planning a career in a science-related field of study. Applicants must have successfully completed three units (6 credits) of high school science while maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or better in high school science classes. Applicants must be able to document acceptance into a post-secondary educational institution.

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RUSSELL T. AND NAOMI V.

COTTRELL MEMORIAL

​Available to any graduating senior pursuing a post-secondary education. Essay required. Letters of recommendation required.

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GERALD AND BEATRICE

IRWIN MEMORIAL

​Awarded to a graduating senior who resides within a 10-mile radius of City Hall in Garrison, Iowa. The recipient shall have been accepted and enrolled in any program of post high school education. 

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MARJORIE SCHLOEMAN

MCDOWELL ESTATE

 

These scholarships are from the endowment fund set up by the estate of Marjorie McDowell. Recipients must be continuing their education at an accredited four year college or university. Criteria for selection will include accomplishments, a sincere desire to further their education, good citizenship and need for the scholarship, with need for funding being the predominant factor. The minimum size of each scholarship will be $2,000.

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JOHN J. DIETER TRUST

Scholarships within the gift of the John J. Dieter Trust honor the many people playing important roles in the life of the Dieter family and especially those involved in John's recovery after being burned in an explosion at a grain facility where John was working. John was just 19 when the explosion caused severe burns to 68% of his body and badly burned his lungs and airways. 

 

The thirty remaining years of John's life after the grain explosion became a testament to his faith in God, his belief in hope and purpose inspired by his mother, and the support of his siblings: Sharon, David, Mark and Joanne. This group of five distinguished scholarships is administered by Mr. Dieter's siblings and honors people who gave John hope throughout his life.

Dieter scholarships are available for any study at community colleges as well as four-year colleges and universities. 

JOHN J. DIETER SCHOLARSHIP

"....so young people would know that even in the most difficult situations God has a plan for them, there is hope, and there are people who care and want everything good for them." .

PAUL MACKEY SCHOLARSHIP

Given to a student for the study of conservation or environmental sciences is named for John's grandfather, who inspired his Mother, Meg Dieter, to love learning and the natural world.

ETHEL MORILLO

Given to a student for the study of physical therapy. Ethel worked with John in the physical therapy department of Virginia Gay for many years.

DIANA PACA SCHOLARSHIP

Awarded to a student in the Garner High School studying education. The scholarship is in honor of Diana Paca, who befriended and cared for the Dieter family during a tough time for the family.
 

JOY SHANAHAN

PROFILE IN COURAGE SCHOLARSHIP

Given to a student for studies in emergency medicine, air-care medevac, or trauma unit education. Joy was the EMT  who was the first person to care for John immediately after the explosion.