Pleasant Valley
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Dan Claussen Memorial Scholarship

Posted January 9th, 2019

Dan Claussen was a lifelong farmer, a former Fire Chief of the Pleasant Valley Fire Department, and served as the Assistant Fire Chief with the City of Bettendorf.  His memberships included the Scott County Dairy Board and Scott County Cattleman’s Association.  He was a life time supporter of 4H, previously a member and leader. He and his wife Peg, of 50 years, farmed in Pleasant Valley and raised three PV graduates.  They have seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  Peg worked 28 years for PVCSD.  The Claussen Family was consistently involved and dedicated to serving the PV district mission in whatever way necessary.

Dan was hard working, appreciated a good work ethic, and above all, cherished his family.  Dan was a kind-hearted neighbor, always willing to help.  No matter the need, he was always there for others, whether it was for use on the farm, or a need from a neighbor or the community.

Criteria to Apply:

  • Strong work ethic
  • Student must display the following characteristics on a daily basis: hardworking, positive, determined
  • Student must be planning to purse post-secondary education (trade school, community college, or university)

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • Throughout his life, Dan Claussen believed in hard work, accountability, and a positive mindset.  Please describe how these characteristics have helped you be successful in your life thus far.
Connie Schlabach Memorial Scholarship

Posted January 9th, 2019

Connie Schlabach was a dedicated employee of the Pleasant Valley Community School District for 15 years until she passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on September 7, 2018.

Connie was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was one of 16 children and growing up her family struggled with poverty. She learned hard work at a very young age and school was not easy for her. She spent several years as a foster parent, fostering (and adopting) at-risk teens. She was an extremely hard worker who was always there to help family, friends, and co-workers. She had a special place in her heart for students who had the same challenges she faced as a teen. She became a mom, grandmother, friend and a listening ear to many students while she was at PV. You would always see her walking down the hallways with a group of students following close behind her, vying for her attention. She told them what they needed to hear, not what they wanted to hear, but most of all, she listened to them without judgement.  At her funeral, students expressed their gratitude towards Connie with several indicating they would not have graduated without her attention and guidance.  One student told her family, “She changed my life.”

Connie did not mince words, nor did she lower her expectations, but she did have a great sense of when a kid needed a break. That is the student this scholarship goes to – a student who knows how to work hard, who is good to others, who has a good plan for their future… and who needs a break.

Criteria to Apply:

  • No minimum GPA required
  • Demonstrates a need for financial assistance
  • Plans to pursue a certificate program at a vocational school, trade school or pursue a 2-year degree at a community college
  • Overcame an obstacle that made high school challenging

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • Please submit a short essay describing yourself, any challenges you faced while in high school, and why you deserve this scholarship. Consider the criteria to apply when writing your essay.
Katie Dlouhy Memorial Scholarship

Posted January 9th, 2019

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Criteria to Apply:

  • Planning to pursue a 2 year degree or certificate program at a vocational school or community college

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • Explain why you decided to apply for this scholarship, and why you believe you deserve to be selected. Be sure to add any factors not mentioned on this application that you would like considered, including your post-secondary action plan.
Will Kohn Memorial Scholarship for Education Careers

Posted October 29th, 2018

Will was born on November 12, 2010 in Iowa City to Christopher and Meghan (O’Daniel) Kohn. Will was currently a first grade student at Riverdale Heights Elementary School.

Will was diagnosed before birth with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and faced many challenges and surgeries over his short life. He was the first patient at the new Stead Family Children’s Hospital on February 25, 2017, received the gift of a new heart on September 14, 2017, but unfortunately lost his battle on January 27, 2018.

He was part of the first year “Wave” at Kinnick Stadium at Iowa football games. Through all of the challenges though, Will remained a resilient young boy who loved playing with construction toys, Legos, Xbox, and exploring the world through his Ipad. When back home he enjoyed riding his gator in the backyard, playing in the dirt, swimming, and watching PV football games where his dad coached. Parades were favorite events, especially dancing to the Pleasant Valley Fight Song. Will loved trips to the Niabi Zoo. The new meerkat exhibit quickly became his favorite. Time spent with his cousins was very special to Will. He loved when his only babysitters, Oma and Nana, read to him. Will dreamed of visiting Legoland and going to a beach someday.

Criteria to Apply:

  • Be a graduating student from Pleasant Valley High School
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Plan to pursue a career in the education field

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • There are many reason students choose a possible career path in their life.  Please share a personal reason why you believe a career in education is the right thing for you.
Will Kohn Memorial Scholarship for Medical Careers

Posted October 1st, 2018

Will was born on November 12, 2010 in Iowa City to Christopher and Meghan (O’Daniel) Kohn. Will was currently a first grade student at Riverdale Heights Elementary School.

Will was diagnosed before birth with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and faced many challenges and surgeries over his short life. He was the first patient at the new Stead Family Children’s Hospital on February 25, 2017, received the gift of a new heart on September 14, 2017, but unfortunately lost his battle on January 27, 2018.

He was part of the first year “Wave” at Kinnick Stadium at Iowa football games. Through all of the challenges though, Will remained a resilient young boy who loved playing with construction toys, Legos, Xbox, and exploring the world through his Ipad. When back home he enjoyed riding his gator in the backyard, playing in the dirt, swimming, and watching PV football games where his dad coached. Parades were favorite events, especially dancing to the Pleasant Valley Fight Song. Will loved trips to the Niabi Zoo. The new meerkat exhibit quickly became his favorite. Time spent with his cousins was very special to Will. He loved when his only babysitters, Oma and Nana, read to him. Will dreamed of visiting Legoland and going to a beach someday.

Criteria to Apply:

  • Be a graduating student from Pleasant Valley High School
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Plan to pursue a career in the medical/nursing field

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • There are many reason students choose a possible career path in their life.  Please share a personal reason why you believe a medical or nursing career is the right thing for you.

 

Cathy Wales Memorial Scholarship

Posted December 4th, 2017

Cathy Wales Memorial Scholarship

Cathy Wales had a great love for the Pleasant Valley Community School District, having attended PV schools from kindergarten until her death at the end of her sophomore year. Cathy was diagnosed with leukemia in 1984 and spent most of her freshman and sophomore year of high school hospitalized either at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital or at home. Her desire to see a swimming pool built at Pleasant Valley High School was a dream that motivated her to work in conjunction with her dad to get voters to pass two bond referendums.  These referendums allowed for $9.8 million in renovations and additions to Pleasant Valley High School, including adding the swimming pool. While Cathy’s dad was out publicizing the high school’s need for the bonds, Cathy spent hours color-coding floor plan layouts to make them easier to explain to voters.  The support of her friends and the staff at Pleasant Valley during her illness was especially gratifying to Cathy’s parents, Joan and Dick Wales. Cathy had been on the honor roll at the junior high and the high school and was an active member in her church, Our Lady of the River in LeClaire. Cathy died from complications of the leukemia on Saturday, May 17, 1986.

Criteria to Apply:

  • Be a graduating student from Pleasant Valley High School
  • A GPA of 2.75 or above
  • A career goal of being in the health care field. This would include careers as a physician, nurse, medical technician, physical therapist, nutrition, music therapy, child life therapy, respiratory therapist, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, etc.
  • May attend a 2 year or 4 year degree program

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • How has your involvement in a church or community activity been influential in your life?
Kay Kaiser Memorial Scholarship

Posted October 18th, 2017

The Kay Kaiser Memorial Scholarship was created after Kay’s fight with ovarian cancer. As a PV employee for 28 years, with 20 of those years as the guidance office secretary, she was the “light” of the office. Whether it was for students, parents, or staff, she always made others her priority. The motto “WIN” ~ What’s Important Now ~ was the focal point during Kay’s battle. She kept her family and her work at the forefront each and every day. She lived life to the fullest while spreading kindness, love, and care to those around her.

Criteria to Apply:

  • GPA satisfactory for college admission
  • Pleasant Valley Graduate
  • Student must display these characteristics: positivity, selflessness, and determination
  • Student plans on pursuing post-secondary training

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • Throughout her life, Kay Kaiser demonstrated selflessness, positivity, and determination. Please describe how these characteristics have helped you be successful in your life?
Ozzie Osterberg “Team Spirit” Scholarship

Posted October 12th, 2017

 

 

Earl “Ozzie” Osterberg graduated from Davenport High, in 1956, where he competed all four years in football and baseball.  He was the top short stop in the area, but went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps.  Upon completion of his military stint, Ozzie returned home to work and play competitive Men’s Fastpitch for a team that competed in the World Series three times.  He married Bonnie on September 25, 1965 and raised five children.  Ozzie worked 30 years as a fire fighter for the City of Davenport.  He has always been a hard worker, but spends his down time watching ball games.

This scholarship is possible thanks to dozens of generous donors who wanted to honor Ozzie for his dedication to PV.

*Students do not apply, but are nominated by Coaches/Athletic Department*

Criteria for Scholarship:

  • be a Pleasant Valley High School senior female athlete
  • symbolizes the values of teamwork
  • embodies the spirit of Ozzie Osterberg
  • views from a lense of “what’s best for my team”
  • work ethic
  • have participated in the sport for four years through their senior year

A female softball athlete will be given first preference, but it can go to an individual from any team.

Jon Allbee Memorial Scholarship

Posted February 15th, 2017

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Jon Allbee was a 1985 Pleasant Valley High School graduate.  Jon lost his life on Sunday, November 2, 2014 due to brain traumatic injuries from a motorcycle accident. Jon and his family grew up around motorcycles and enjoyed riding.

Jon played football, baseball, and wrestled while in school and was very dedicated. He liked school for the sports and socializing among his friends. After high school, Jon was a head baseball coach for the Bettendorf Colt League. He was a fun, out-going, respectful, and great guy. He was all about his family and friends and would do anything for anyone.

He left January 24, 2011 for Afghanistan and was stationed at Camp Leatherneck, a marine base.  There, he helped build runways for airplanes. In 2012 he was in Tehran, Iran, and came home December 2012. Upon his return, Jon worked first for Mahler Concrete in Bettendorf as a concrete truck driver and then at Valley Construction as a Concrete Quality Control Technician. He always worked hard and very good at his job.

Jon left behind his two sons, Dustan and Austin, his wife, Cindy, his mother, Cheryl, sister Bobbie, brothers Jay, Donny and David “Worm,” his in-laws and several nieces and nephews. He will now be an angel along with his dad, Jerry, and son, Josh. His family is hoping this scholarship will make it a little easier financially for a prospective college student and will keep Jon’s memory alive. The Jon Allbee Memorial scholarship was created through generous donations from his family and friends. Anyone who knew Jon loved him and he will be greatly missed by all.

Criteria to Apply:

  • Be a graduating senior of PVHS
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • One extra-curricular activity inside/outside of school
  • Positive citizenship, loyalty, and hard-working
  • Preference given to an applicant with a financial need
  • Personal interview required

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • List one extra-curricular activity that required you to show positive citizenship, loyalty or hard work and give an example. Through that example, explain how it has impacted your life.

 

Past Scholarship Recipients:
2017     Sarah Meyers
2016     Spencer Nevills

Jeremy “Red” Scannell Memorial Scholarship

Posted February 15th, 2017

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The inspiration for the Jeremy “Red” Scannell Memorial Scholarship was generated by his classmates at their 10-year class reunion in 2010. Jeremy was a much loved member of the class of 2000 who died in 2009. His nickname was “Red” but he bled “Spartan Blue”!

Jeremy was born with a congenital heart defect that required heart surgery at the age of two days old. In the following years he had many surgeries and four open-heart surgeries.

Even though he could not play football (his love), he was able to be manager of the football and baseball teams at PVHS for many years. Jeremy also helped the junior high basketball and football teams. At the age of 15 he met his idol, Michael Jordan, in Chicago – made possible by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. What a joy it was to see him so excited to meet M.J. After that great experience, he volunteered for Make-A-Wish by helping raise money so other children with life-threatening health issues could have a wish of their own. Jeremy received his Coaching Authorization in 2004. He then fulfilled his dream and became coach for a seventh grade football team at Pleasant Valley Junior High for one season.

Jeremy was a member of the LeClaire Civic Club helping with bingo, serving dinners, and any other projects he could. He also volunteered at Tug Fest in LeClaire as a member of the Pit Crew.

These are two lines from a favorite poem given to him by former PV football coach Ed Morrissey:

“Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later, the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.” -Vince Lombardi

Criteria to Apply:

  • Involved in multiple athletic activities during their high school years
  • Plan to attend a college or vocational school upon graduation

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • What impact did your involvement in athletics have on you or those on the team?

 

Past Scholarship Recipients:

2017     Austin Kress
2016     Chance Cary
2015     Madison Morrison

 

Evelyn Lehman iHope Scholarship

Posted February 15th, 2017

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Thanks to the tremendous support from local businesses in the quad Cities and individual contributions from donors across the United States, we are blessed to endow the Evelyn Lehman iHope Scholarship.

iHope Mission Statement: The mission of iHope is to provide students at Pleasant Valley Junior High who display positive character traits and work habits with technological resources and scholarships that will aid in academic achievement and success.

iHope’s Idea: iHope is a nonprofit foundation created by Jeff Paul. Mr. Paul is an 8th grade American History teacher at Pleasant Valley Junior High.

The Birth of iHope: “In July of 2009 my grandmother, Evelyn Lehman passed away. My grandma was an awesome person. She and my grandpa gave time, energy, and money to their church, community and to their grandkids. When my grandma died, she left all of her grandchildren some money. I knew I wanted to use this money in a giving way because that would make my grandma proud. As a professional triathlete, I would also donate all I race winnings to this foundation.” – Jeff Paul

*Students do not apply for Scholarship, but are selected*

Criteria for Scholarship:
• Be a graduating senior of PVHS with a minimum gpa of 2.0
• Pursue a vocational or a two-year college degree
• Has a good work ethic
• Has demonstrated good character while at PVHS

Past Scholarship Recipients:

2017     Teleah Thomas
2016     Bryanna Rigg
2015     Jaren Schoustra

Paul N. Lensmeyer Memorial Scholarship

Posted February 15th, 2017

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The Paul N. Lensmeyer Memorial Scholarship was established in 2014 by Ascentra Credit Union, of which he was CEO for 20 years. Paul passed away unexpectedly on May 20, 2013, leaving behind a legacy that will live for generations to come.

Paul was born December 6, 1950 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. His unique and passionate spirit will forever be remembered by all of the lives he touched. Paul enjoyed landscaping, golfing, the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Green Bay Packers. He was a champion role model for his family and friends, the community and the credit union industry.

Paul, along with his wife Debbie, raised three children who attended Pleasant Valley Schools. Ryan graduated from PVHS in 1999 and went on to graduate from Iowa State University. Brandon graduated from PVHS in 2002 and went on to obtain a degree from St. Ambrose University. Jenna graduated from PVHS in 2010 and  attending the University of Iowa – College of Pharmacy.

Paul loved all aspects of what the Pleasant Valley school system had to offer and the values and work ethic the school instilled in his children. An advocate of education and community involvement, Paul involved Ascentra Credit Union in events that promote reading in partnerships with area libraries and schools. He creating  the Booker Bear Reading Challenge with the Pleasant Valley School District. Similar reading initiatives take place with the Bettendorf, North Scott, and Moline school districts.

Paul was committed to the community in which he lived and worked. Paul enjoyed working with the Iowa Quad City Rotary Club, the various chambers, and the Scott County Regional Authority. He also served with the Bettendorf Development Corporation and the Bettendorf Library Foundation.

Paul Lensmeyer was an intelligent man of great vision. He followed the mantra of “Listening, caring, doing what’s right,” in both his professional and personal life. His integrity, work ethic, and
commitment to the credit union movement made Ascentra Credit Union the viable institution it is today. Paul weaved his own personality and vision into the fabric of Ascentra Credit Union, creating a lasting legacy. To honor Paul’s memory, and further his legacy, the Lensmeyer family, along with Ascentra Credit Union have established the Paul N. Lensmeyer Memorial Scholarship for a graduating senior of PVHS.

Criteria to Apply:

  • Be a graduating senior at PVHS
  • Plan to attend University of Iowa, Iowa State University or University of Northern Iowa
  • Academic credentials necessary for admission to the above Universities
  • A student that displays Paul’s characteristics of community involvement and “Listening, caring, doing what’s right

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • Give a Documented Example of your Community Involvement that Incorporates “Listening, Caring, and Doing What’s Right”

 

Past Scholarship Recipients:

2017     Carrie Peterson
2016     Lena Kosinski
2016     Camille Jaime
2015     Carter Blunk
2015     Rachel Miller
2014     Mackenzie Kennedy
2014     Paige Schuler

Crystal Neuhaus Memorial Scholarship

Posted February 15th, 2017

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Crystal Lynn Neuhaus was a kindergarten teacher at Riverdale Heights Elementary School when she died in 2013 after a courageous battle against leukemia. This scholarship was developed to support a Pleasant Valley student-athlete who plans on continuing his/her education at a two or four-year school with the plan to eventually earn a four-year college degree. The student should possess many of the same character traits as Mrs. Neuhaus.

A three-sport high school athlete at Dubuque Senior High School, Crystal was in the first group of women to earn a full-ride scholarship to the University of Iowa, where she played volleyball for the Hawkeyes from 1978-81. She earned her B.S. degree in Elementary Education in 1983.

Crystal Neuhaus began her career as an educator in 1984 and taught for nine years prior to starting her own family. At that time she took a sabbatical from teaching and went into childcare, which allowed her to be with her own children, Brock and Kara, during most of their formative years. Her family was very important to her.

She joined the Pleasant Valley School District in 2002 and taught kindergarten for the final 10 years of her career. Crystal was a very positive, genuine, caring, nurturing, and humble person who always had a smile on her face. A sports enthusiast, she was an active supporter of Pleasant Valley Athletics. Having been a high school volleyball coach for seven years, Crystal volunteered at high school volleyball camps as well as for Pleasant Valley youth girls’ basketball and softball teams. When it came to athletics Crystal was an intense competitor with a tremendous work ethic. She possessed a “will to win,” and competed with great passion and effort at practice and in games. She made everyone around her better because of how she approached the game. At the same time, she was respectful to her opponent and supportive of her teammates. Her work ethic, loyalty, and desire to achieve were outstanding.

Some of these same character traits were also evident in Crystal’s teaching, although it was her kind and caring approach that endeared her to so many. She was inclusive to all and had a gift for making the people she was around feel special. Her spirit, grace, and dignity are a model for others and a legacy for her children. A tree was planted in her memory just outside her classroom at Riverdale Heights Elementary. The stone that lies beneath the tree is inscribed with a message for all: “Live Compassionately, Give Freely, and Care Deeply.”

Criteria to Apply:

  • Has completed a minimum of grades 7-12 in the Pleasant Valley Community School District
  • Has earned a 2.75+ cumulative GPA (after seven semesters) and has been admitted to a post-secondary institution (two-year or four-year)
  • Has played the same sport all four years of high school and made some contribution (on the field or off, through practice and/or games) to the success of the team
  • Has exhibited a great work ethic, a strong competitive spirit, and outstanding citizenship in the classroom and on the athletic field
  • Has earned the respect of his/her classmates through leading by example, and displaying compassion for others

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • Explain the most significant contribution you have made to either people or a particular program (club, class, team, group) at Pleasant Valley High School.

 

Past Scholarship Recipients:

2017     Claire Park
2016     Gabrielle Meyer
2015     Ryan Spelhaug
2014     Garrett Duncan

Ann & Rainsford Brown, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Posted February 15th, 2017

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Rainsford A. and Ann Brown were born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. They were married in 1954, and a year later moved to the Quad Cities to run a family business, Meadows Transfer and Storage. Meadows was a contract carrier for A&P Grocery and is still in business today, operating as a real estate holding company. In 1962, Rainsford started Twin Bridges Truck City, a heavy duty Mack Truck dealership in Bettendorf. In 1980, he purchased Standard Forwarding Company, a regional trucking company. All three companies continue to enjoy success under the leadership of family.

Equally important as his business ventures was his volunteer work. Rainsford served on the boards of Iowa Wesleyan College, Youth for Christ, and Ridgecrest Retirement Center. He was also very active in their church, St. John’s United Methodist, where he served on many committees and taught The Questor Sunday School class for over 20 years.

Ann enjoyed raising the couple’s three children and was active in church and community circles. She thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to minister to others fighting illness as a long time Befriender at Genesis Medical Center.

The Browns’ three children, Ruth Ward, Sue Jarvis, and R.A. (Rainey) Brown III, are all PV graduates. Their three grandsons and granddaughter will all benefit from a PV education, too.

Rainsford and Ann passed away in October of 2010 within 24 hours of each other. It is their children’s desire to honor their commitment to family, community, church, and business through this scholarship.

Criteria to Apply:

  • Be a graduating senior from PVHS
  • An interest in any automotive-related career; i.e., collision repair, automotive tech, heavy equipment or truck-driving school OR an interest in a business degree
  • One letter of recommendation from a community or church member

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • Explain your involvement in a community or church activity and why this involvement has been important in your life.

 

Past Scholarship Recipients:

2017     Jerry Pendleton
2016     Kendall Bearsley
2015     Nancy Garcia
2014     Lydia Flores
2013     Adam Cline

Rao Chitneni Memorial Scholarship

Posted February 15th, 2017

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Rao V. (Ashok) Chitneni was born on July 18, 1953 in Kakinada, India. The oldest of three sons, he spent the majority of his childhood in Hyderabad, India before moving to the United States at the age of 24. He received an MBA from Wagner College in New York. In 1981, he married Shobha Katikineni and they both migrated permanently to the U.S. two years later. They have lived in the Quad Cities since 1994.

He enjoyed traveling, nature, music, and astronomy. He was an active member of the Indian community. Most recently he worked in real estate and construction. He was a doting and devoted husband and father. His friends remember him as a gentle-hearted man with a sweet smile. His daughters will never forget the fact that he was unable to hurt even a bug.

Rao (Ashok) passed away in his sleep on July 2, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Shobha and his 3 daughters, Pooja, Divya, and Theja. All three girls have received their education from Pleasant Valley Community School District. Pooja graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in 2002, and graduated from Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City in 2012. Divya graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in 2008 and studied at Drake University in Des Moines. Theja is graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in 2012. Family greatly appreciates all the support and warmth of their friends and community. They wish to thank friends and family who helped in establishing a scholarship in memory of Rao V. Chitneni for graduating high school seniors to pursue their dream of higher education.

Criteria to Apply:

  • Be a graduating senior at PVHS
  • Plan to attend a four-year college/university and have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • A well-rounded student having been active in multiple extra-curricular activities with special consideration given to someone who has overcome an obstacle

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • Explain the importance of furthering your education beyond high school. If you have had to overcome and obstacle, please address this in your statement.

 

Past Scholarship Recipients:

2017     Laura Butler
2016     Marta Storl-Desmond
2015     Joshua Wallin
2014     Alexandra Carter
2013     Jillian Knott
2012     Hannah Zaprusky

Ralph & Marjorie VenHorst Family Scholarship

Posted February 14th, 2017

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Ralph VenHorst was born in Pleasant Valley, Iowa, in 1922. Four years later, Marjorie (Marge) Schnoor was born on a nearby Davenport farm. Ralph was a graduate of the one-room school house, Forest Grove, and both he and Marge later graduated from Davenport High School. The two met in 1941 on a local dance floor, where Ralph literally swept Marge off her feet. Ralph went on to serve in the United States Navy for four years in the Pacific Theater while Marge finished her education at Davenport High. They married in 1948 and together they raised twelve children.

Ralph lived life with a happy smile and an optimistic attitude. He saw the world as his heaven and delighted in the simplest of pleasures. He found joy in such things as watching a bird build a nest, attending an auction, or exploring the world’s seas and glaciers. Ralph never met a lawnmower he couldn’t fix. He liked nothing better than enjoying a piece of ripe fruit that he and Marge had picked from their orchard or garden. Like the night they met, dancing with his wife also brought Ralph happiness throughout his life. To the sadness of all who knew him, Ralph passed away in May of 2011.

Marge was an excellent cook who was never intimidated by feeding her ever-growing family at home or the group of attendees at a PV Athletic Booster’s event. She was a 4-H leader who delighted in sharing her professional sewing skills on any piece of fabric, from prom dresses to play clothes. Marge has always been a caring and giving woman who put the needs of all others before her own. Like her husband, each day of Marge’s life has been filled with smiles and optimism. To this day, she glows when sharing memories of touring their beloved Pleasant Valley neighborhood with Ralph in their little red 1951 Singer sports car that Ralph and son, Roy, restored.

Throughout their life, Ralph and Marge were dedicated to family, friends, and community. They believed that everyone should be given the opportunity to succeed. Ralph and Marge agreed that success comes from strong personal perseverance along with a little help from others. Ralph often said “work hard,” but what he really meant was, “Go ahead and do it. Do it until you get it right. Learn from your mistakes.” Ralph and Marge raised twelve children, all of whom graduated from Pleasant Valley High School of which they were very proud. They shared a deep appreciation for the staff and community members who contributed to their children’s success in their education. As many did for their own children, Ralph and Marge wished to help others succeed, whether in a trade or through attending college. In the spirit of this endowment, an ideal recipient would exude a positive attitude, a commitment to family, and a pledge to community.

Criteria to Apply:

  • Be a graduating senior from PVHS
  • Plan to attend a two-year or four-year institution in the State of Iowa or enter into a local apprenticeship program
  • Exemplify the spirit of hard work, positive attitude, and service to the community

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • Write A Statement That Explains How Your Work Ethic Goes Above And Beyond The Typical Student And How This Will Make A Difference In Reaching Your Post-Secondary Goals.

 

Past Scholarship Recipients:

2017     Megan Hackney
2016     Shreeti Adhikari
2015     Shane Bleeker
2014     Lauren Anderson
2013     Owen Hoke
2012     Grant Lang

David J. Ramnath Memorial Scholarship

Posted February 14th, 2017

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David Ramnath was born in Bangalore, India. He studied at Clarence High School and then completed a Bachelor of Science degree at St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore. David represented both the college and university in field hockey and was the university pole vault champion his senior year. David worked for the Reserve Bank of India and then on July 4, 1981, settled in Clinton, Iowa, where he and his wife, Monis, raised their children, Deepak and Rohini. For over twenty years, David worked for Clinton National Bank in an array of capacities including teller, branch manager, and bank officer, prior to his retirement.

David was a master at getting to know people quickly and then developing acquaintances into deep friendships. His capability to inject humor, his love of singing, and aptitude to befriend all who were fortunate enough to have passed through his life are the ways in which David is most lovingly remembered. David found great satisfaction serving with and doing for others. Some highlights of David’s civic endeavors included Kiwanis, Eastern Iowa Community College’s B-rrry Scurry 4-mile race, and YMCA soccer.

David was an avid tennis player and shared his knowledge and teaching skills with players of all ages and abilities. He played competitively as an adult and recreationally with friends, family and, young people. David coached at Pleasant Valley High School for four years. He had a supreme rapport with the boys’ and girls’ teams. David was known throughout the Mississippi Athletic Conference for his positive approach to coaching and his desire to see every player succeed both on and off the court. He shared his enormous, encouraging smile with players and spectators, opponents and teammates.

David passed away on August 6, 2011. As a way to honor David’s purpose-filled life, family and friends from around the world came together to fund the David J. Ramnath Memorial Scholarship.

Criteria to Apply:

  • Be a graduating senior at PVHS
  • Acceptance or plan to attend a four-year college or university
  • Have a minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA after seven semesters of high school
  • Have participated in at least one sport each year while attending PVHS
  • Form detailing your extra-curricular involvement
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation: one highlighting your academics and one commending your Philanthropic and/or extra-curricular activities
  • An essay describing your positive impact on the community

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • Write an essay describing your positive impact on the community.

 

Past Scholarship Recipients:
2017     Emily Nutt
2016     Sydney Hester
2015     Katherine Melbourne
2014     Abishek Gowda
2013     Sarah Huber
2012     Hannah Thomsen

​J. Andrew Green Memorial Scholarship

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J. Andrew Green M.D. was a 1988 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School. In 2009, Andy became the first PV graduate to be named posthumously to the high school Wall of Honor. He graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Biology. He then continued with his education graduating from Dartmouth Medical School in 1996 and did his Family Practice Residency from 1996-1999 at the University of Minnesota. Upon completion of his residency, he was a Family Practice Physician until his death.

Andrew was a respected and loved family physician in Lakeville, Minnesota.  In the spring of 2007, Dr. Green was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in May of 2008. The Green family presents this memorial scholarship in Andy’s name to a Pleasant Valley graduating senior who plans to pursue a career in medicine.

Criteria to Apply:

  • Be a graduating senior of PVHS
  • Plan to attend a four-year college
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Will be selected by the Guidance Office and Administration as the senior applicant who has demonstrated qualities of positive leadership and has exhibited positive citizenship in school and in the community
  • Must profess a sincere goal of pursuing a post-graduate degree in a field of patient-oriented medicine

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • Describe your education plans and career goals. Why are you interested in the field of medicine as a career choice and what in your life has influenced you to aspire to this vocational goal?

 

Past Scholarship Recipients:

2017     Ellie Kurth
2016     Cortland Johns
2015     Shipra Verma
2014     Loraine Arikat
2013     Arham Pasha
2012     Blake Letney
2011     Saraja Pandit

R. Hovey Tinsman, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

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In accordance with the passing of R. Hovey Tinsman, Jr. in the spring of 2011 and the family’s commitment to education, the Tinsman family has established a second scholarship in memory of Hovey.

“We believe everyone should have access to a post-secondary education,” said Maggie Tinsman. “Students need the opportunity to receive a two-year or four-year college degree.”

For Hovey and Maggie Tinsman, education has always been a central part of their lives. Placing importance on their own education, and that of their children, has been crucial to the achievements of all their family members.

After graduating from Princeton University in 1953, Hovey received a commission into the United States Navy Officers Candidate School (OCS) for three years. He then received his M.B.A. from Northwestern University and established Twin State with his brother, a company that has manufactured liquid fertilizer for more than 49 years. Among his numerous volunteer activities, Hovey was a 10-year member of the Pleasant Valley School Board and a member of St. Luke’s Hospital and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra boards of directors. He was also one of the community leaders who were instrumental in bringing to fruition the idea of a Family Museum of Art and Science, where children could play and learn.

After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Maggie married Hovey in 1959. While being a stay-at-home mother, she volunteered for the Junior Board of Visiting Nurses and the Junior Board of the Symphony. As their children grew, Maggie furthered her education with a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa. Her interest in helping others with education led her to establish the first tutoring program at Riverdale Elementary School. She is also well known for serving 11 years on the Scott County Board of Supervisors and for her 18-year tenure as an Iowa State Senator where, among her many achievements, she championed educational opportunities for all Iowans.

The Tinsmans understand that their personal and professional successes are due to the continuing education they have pursued throughout their lives. Their educational experiences also brought them a deeper understanding of the needs of others in their community. Lifetime residents of the Quad Cities, the Tinsmans are deeply involved in community life and in service to others.

Criteria to Apply:

  • Be a graduating senior of PVHS
  • Plans to attend a four-year institution
  • Student must be a member of the National Honor Society
  • Have received 1st honors or above for 6 semesters
  • Must have challenged one’s self with core courses the entire senior year
  • Be an active participant in a significant number of performing arts, sports or other school activities along with being a community volunteer

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • Provide An Example From Your Life Where You Have Challenged Yourself To Move Beyond Your Comfort Zone.

 

Past Scholarship Recipients:

2017     Christian Jones
2016     Marah Tews
2015     Emily Fuller
2014     Caitlin Staver
2013     Emily Schwake
2012     Lauren Zust
2011      Kylie Smith

Joe & Sue Kaesbauer Memorial Scholarship

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Growing up in Dubuque, Iowa, Joe and Sue Kaesbauer were high school sweethearts. Married 54 years and blessed with five children, they instilled family as a priority along with the importance of taking care of others and giving back to the community.

Both graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Joe in 1953 and Sue in 1954. Although economic circumstances did not allow either of them to pursue a post-secondary degree, they both achieved success in their career choices. Joe went on to become Superintendent of A.Y. McDonald Manufacturing and Sue became the owner of two businesses in Dubuque (Creative Touch Gallery and Ooh La La Home décor) and was involved in commercial property development.

Joe Kaesbauer was a model husband and father who always saw the good in people and believed in leading by example. He stressed the importance of character, hard work, and enjoying life. Joe was interested in what people were learning and had a great passion to learn new things himself. Joe volunteered in his community with the Boys Club, food kitchen, church, Masons, and the high school booster club. He enjoyed athletics and participated in high school track, men’s fast-pitch softball, bowling and was an avid golfer. He took great joy in watching his children and grandchildren participate in all of their various activities.

Sue Kaesbauer was the loving wife and mother who wanted the best for her children and anyone who knew her. Sue loved learning and was fearless in trying new things. She was a great motivator and mentor. If she was in charge of something, she would go above and beyond the expectations to make it great. These traits made her a great entrepreneur and she accomplished her dream of becoming a business owner. Four of her five children, Cathi, Patti, Bill and Mike have participated and carried out their mother’s dream of owning and running both businesses. Sue volunteered as a room mother, Girl Scout leader, several church committees, Dubuque Symphony, Sunshine at Finley Hospital, and PEO. She participated in basketball and was a state champion bowler but loved even more to challenge her own children and grandchildren and their teams with incentives to do their best and win.

Joe and Sue Kaesbauer enjoyed many visits to Pleasant Valley events and were very proud of their youngest daughter, Julie (Kaesbauer) Spelhaug (PVHS Math Teacher 1992-present), her husband, Jim (PVCSD Superintendent 1990-present), and four grandchildren, Lexi (2013), Ryan (2015), Ellie (2018) and Carli (2019). Upon Joe’s death in 2009 and Sue’s in 2014, their family established memorial scholarships at Dubuque Hempstead, Dubuque Senior, and Pleasant Valley to honor their parents and the values important to them.

Criteria to Apply:

  • Be a graduating senior of PVHS
  • Applicants should have a positive attitude, display leadership skills, good character, and strong work ethic

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • Describe How Your Positive Outlook On Life Has Helped You Overcome Difficult Situations In Life

 

Past Scholarship Recipients:

2017     Cameron Trentz
2016     Kelli DeGeorge
2015     Jack Moss
2014     Madison Guenzler
2013     Anne Leners
2012     Sarah Rodriguez
2011     Avery Malmgren
2010     Abigail Sperry

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