The Foundation presented 11 scholarships to CFHS graduates at the high school Honors Convocation Ceremony on May 7, 2019.

In the fall of 2019, 19 students received Foundation supported scholarships, either new or renewed, because of the generosity of the donors listed below.

Click here to submit a 2020 Scholarship Application. Deadline for applications is April 15, 2020.

Bill Close and Ron Streed smARTstart Scholarship

2019 recipient Jacqueline Gonzalez

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.

Bill Ellinger Memorial Scholarship

New for 2020

This scholarship was generously established in Bill Ellinger's memory by his wife Mary Sue Ellinger. Bill was a 1963 graduate of Cedar Falls High School, graduating in the top 5% of his class. During high school, Bill was also a student-athlete and participated in an engineering club, then called “JETS." After high school, Bill attended the State College of Iowa and served in the United States Air Force before settling in Waverly. Bill then worked at John Deere for 39 years before retiring in 2003. Part of Bill’s life work was his commitment to community service. Bill passed away in August 2019.

Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Riser Fund

2019 recipient Marika Yang

This 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.

Dan and Bea Brown Memorial Scholarship

2019 recipient Jaxon Mabon
2nd, 3rd year recipients: Aubrey Norman, Allison Eagan

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

2019 recipient Mason McCartan

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

2019 recipient Morgan Sterrett

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

2019 recipient Mckenna Gleason

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

2019 recipient Makenna Boerhave

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.

Lauterbach Family Scholarship

2019 recipients Grace Considine and Katelyn Walgren
2nd, 3rd, 4th year recipients: Shaffer Kirschenmann, Dayna Schuur, Madison Dempster, Emily Fishel, McKayla Mix, Annalisa Stillman

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.

Legacy of Learning Scholarship

2019 recipient Megan Pezley

Established by the Class of 1963, the Legacy of Learning scholarship is awarded to a student that has been a good citizen in the community and has demonstrated community involvement in the Cedar Falls area.

Robert and Hazel Messer Scholarship

2019 recipient Abilgail Keiser

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.

Ron Juhl Scholarship

2019 recipient Walker Zey

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.