The Foundation presented thirteen new scholarships to CFHS graduates at the high school Honors Convocation Ceremony on May 9th, 2017.
In the fall of 2017, twenty-seven students will be receiving Foundation supported scholarships, either new or renewed, because of the generosity of the donors listed below.
Student scholarship application deadline for 2017 was April 7, 2017
Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Riser Fund
2017 recipient Carina Hansen
This year's scholarship was given in memory of Phil Hufferd, a long time Kiwanian. The annual scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior at Cedar Falls High School. The candidate must be a student that has been involved in community service in and outside of the school and must be a good citizen of the school community and the community of Cedar Falls. Candidates must have a grade point average of 2.75 or better. The Kiwanis Club especially encourages students who have not received other “academic” scholarships to apply: service-to-others rather than scholarly efforts are the primary basis for this award.
Kiwanis International was created in 1915 to encourage members of the community to give back to their community. Since 1980, the Rough Risers Kiwanis Club of Cedar Falls has been responding to the needs of the communities of Cedar Falls and Waterloo. Members come from all walks of life and share a hearty can-do attitude about the projects of the club. The club’s foremost goal is to serve the children and youth of the Cedar Falls community.
Ron Juhl Scholarship
2017 recipient Kabeer Bhatia
Ronald Juhl, a 1959 graduate of Cedar Falls High School, has generously provided funds for this award, presented annually since 1999. It is given to a Cedar Falls High senior who excels in the Industrial Technology field. The recipient must have a desire to continue their post secondary education to receive this award.
Lauterbach Family Scholarship
2017 recipients Madison Dempster, Emily Fishel
2nd, 3rd, 4th year recipients: McKayla Mix, Annalisa Stillman, Jamie Becker, Lily Conrad, Allison Griffin, Ashlyn Wahlgren, Amanda Fishel, Rachel Fix, Kelsey Hansen, Laura Relph, Madison Mix, Sophia Williams-Perez, Lindsey Jean Davis
These scholarships were generously made possible through a gift from the Kenneth and Maureen Lauterbach estate. Recipients must be female students of high moral character and financial need, pursuing a four year degree at a state or private school for higher education within the State of Iowa. The scholarship is available to chosen recipients for four years, provided the recipient maintains a grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.
Dave Page Memorial Scholarship
2017 recipient Nick Hanson
Dave Page served in the Cedar Falls Community School District for fifteen years as an industrial technology teacher and football coach at Cedar Falls High. In 1983 Dave began a career as a real estate broker, owner and developer in the Cedar Falls area. His wife Karen and family have established this memorial fund to award a scholarship annually to a deserving Cedar Falls High School graduating football player.
Travis Harting Memorial Scholarship
2017 recipient Katie Rygh
Travis Harting was an active student while attending CFHS and was involved with football, baseball and concert choir. He played hockey for the Waterloo Warriors and continued playing softball locally. This scholarship, in memory of Travis, is given to a graduate of Cedar Falls High School toward a postsecondary education opportunity.
Dan and Bea Brown Memorial Scholarship
2017 recipient Allison Eagan
2nd, 3rd year recipients SeAira Mingo, Lily Conrad
This scholarship was generously established by Dolores Horn in memory of Dan and Bea Brown. Dolores and her sister Bea grew up in Cedar Falls and did not have the means to pursue post-secondary educations. Before her passing in 2014, Bea worked for over 40 years as secretary to the president of Rath Packing. Before his passing in 2008, Dan fought in WW II as a marine and was employed at John Deere. They both traveled extensively and had a great interest in education, young people and the community. The annual scholarship is available to the recipient for four years, provided the recipient maintains a grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Do Better. Be Better. Scholarship
2017 recipient Adison Pace
This scholarship was generously established by Jamie and Patrick Smith, after Jamie suffered a stroke in 2013. Her will to 'do better, be better' became her motto as she recovered through months of therapy. Jamie is a physical education teacher at CFHS who is awarding this scholarship to students who recognize that choices made today will affect their tomorrow.
Don Chase Memorial Scholarship
2017 recipient Taylor Sernett
Before he passed away in 2014, Don taught physical education and coached football, basketball and track at Holmes Jr. High for 32 years. Don set high standards for his students and athletes, encouraging them to realize their potential and develop a strong work ethic. This scholarship was generously established by Nelda Chase in memory of her husband Don.
Frank and Dorothy Horn Memorial Scholarship
2017 recipient Sarah Venem
Frank and Dorothy Horn understood the importance of education and spent 28 years contributing to the Cedar Falls Community School District. Dorothy taught at Cedar Heights, first as a substitute teacher, then as a reading teacher and finished her career as a 2nd grade teacher. Frank served as Peet Jr. High's first principal, became the Business Manager for the District, and ended his career as a 7th grade social studies teacher at Peet Jr. High. Frank and Dorothy, along with their daughter and her husband, Frankee and Jim Oleson, established this scholarship to assist aspiring educators as they pursue their goals.
Kathy Bunger Memorial Scholarship
2017 recipient Vanessa Kime
This scholarship was generously established in Kathy Bunger's memory by husband Sid Bunger, and daughter and son-in-law Shannon and Bob Closson. Before her passing in 2013, Kathy provided enormous strength and support for cancer patients and raised money and awareness for cancer research and education. She did this using her positive attitude and her own personal experiences with cancer. The Bunger family created this scholarship based on the belief that to truly be successful, one should always give back to those in need.
Robert and Hazel Messer Scholarship
2017 recipient Kari Starbeck
During his career with the Cedar Falls schools, Bob Messer was an unselfish, tireless leader who aspired to bring out the best in his students and staff. He led with honesty and integrity as the principal of Peet Jr. High until his retirement. Hazel, also an educator, was a long time reading teacher for the Waterloo schools. When Bob passed away in 2014, Hazel established this scholarship in his memory and in honor of their careers in our schools.
Bill Close and Ron Streed smARTstart Scholarship
2017 recipient Elizabeth Relph
Bill Close, a retired Peet Jr. High art teacher, and Crit Streed, wife of the late Ron Streed, established this scholarship in memory of Ron, and in honor of the mega sculptures Bill and Ron created with their students. Both Bill and Ron were very involved with hands-on art activities during their teaching careers, reaching out to make each student feel special and proud of their art creations. The book BIG, written by Bill as a pictorial celebration and history of the mega sculptures built each year at Peet Jr. High, celebrates students, Peet staff, and the community that were involved during their design and creations. Through the generosity of Crit, Bill, and donations made through the purchase of Bill's book, this scholarship is available to a CFHS senior planning to pursue an art education degree after graduation.