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Pamela D. Johnson, Ph.D. Memorial Scholarship

Posted April 2nd, 2019

The Rock Island public school system shaped Pam’s life in a way that is rare in today’s mobile society.  Pam attended K-12 and graduated with another 550 cohesive and loyal members of the Class of 1961.  For Pam and many of her RlHS classmates, friendships developed early at Audubon Grade School.  Pam’s friendships matured with each year’s layer of experiences through Washington Junior High and Rock Island High School (a.k.a. “Rocky”), cementing life-long friendships.  Pam, modest and private, seldom spoke of her past, apart from her children and “Daddy” (Peter D. Johnson), influential teachers, church youth groups and choirs.  These factors provided a foundation built on bedrock which Pam drew upon later in life.

It was natural that Pam would follow her older sister, Shari,  to the University of Iowa.  An Education major, Pam married, took extra classes, delivered daughter Melissa, and graduated early in January 1965. Pam had a second child, Jim, and as she raised two children, she began taking graduate level classes.  Pam tutored students in her home, as she attended the University of Northern Iowa.  By the time Jim was in school, Pam was teaching full time in the Waterloo, IA public school system.  In 1979, she earned her master’s degree from UNI in Educational Administration..

None of Pam’s students (or family members) could escape Pam’s ability to catch their grammatical errors, and receive an immediate correction; accompanied with the grammatical rule.  Her children and grandchildren have carried the baton to their respective generations.  Pam was clearly strong as a technician working within objective rules and guidelines.  She was selected to be on the implementation team which was responsible to develop a Talented and Gifted program for the Waterloo School district.  This was a crossroads opportunity for Pam to meet and for years to come work with George Betts, the architect who conceived and developed the Autonomous Learner Model process for Talented and Gifted programs.

This was a time of rapid change for Pam: raising teenagers, surviving separation and ultimately a 1986 divorce, an empty nest as Melissa and Jim went to college.  In 1987, Pam was recruited by the West Des Moines Superintendent to strengthen the WDM Talented and Gifted program as the program coordinator.    Together, with her extended staff of TAG teachers, they raised the WDM Gifted program to national prominence, frequently hosting assessment and benchmarking teams from all over the US to show these teams how WDM embraced the Autonomous Learner Model process.

Following Pam’s move to WDM, she and fellow teacher and native Iowan Lori became close friends.  They agreed to simultaneously pursue their Ph.D. from Iowa State University in Ames, IA.  Once again, Pam developed and held herself to a schedule with a 1995 graduation date from ISU.   Pam’s doctoral dissertation was on the use of statistics and sampling techniques to measure the effectiveness of education, whether classes, programs, administrators, teachers, district performance, curriculums, etc.

Pam was even stronger on developing interpersonal skills and building relationships.  One of Pam’s favorite students, Tracy, wrote me a note following Pam’s death, describing how Pam paired up her students with residents of a local nursing home to help the students demonstrate empathy for others.  Pam “walked the talk”, as she demonstrated her capacity for genuine compassion for Tracy’s family when Tracy’s baby sister died.

The joy and satisfaction of establishing these two funds with the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend run parallel to Pam’s adult life of measuring performance or success with objective, measurable data or measuring performance with subjective metrics, supported by observation at best and unfounded bias at worst:

The Scholarship Fund follows objective criteria used by the Bettendorf School District and the Pleasant Valley Foundation for a graduating senior to be eligible for a scholarship.  Our profile of the model award winner would be a student planning to attend one of the three public universities in Iowa, majoring in Education with the goal of becoming a teacher.

The Experience Fund is intended to aid in funding speculative, high risk projects with a relatively low dollar “seed money” investment.  The expectation is not for a financial return in the short term.   The ideal current year project would spark the imaginations of multiple students to ask “What if…? “ as they create/invent/collaborate on future projects which may have potential for future (5-20 years) high rewards, whether social or financial.  The Experience Fund provides modest funding for multiple students to take advantage of external opportunities otherwise not accessible because the opportunity was not a part of the school’s budget.  We have confidence that Pam’s Experience Fund is sowing “seed money” which will someday yield a bountiful harvest to benefit many.

Did Pam plan her nursing home project so that nearly fifty years later, Tracy would vividly remember Pam pairing Tracy with a nursing home patient, or remember Pam bringing dinner to a grieving family?  For my part, I think Pam might have briefly considered that she could be Tracy’s favorite teacher, but not for these essential human emotions.  Forty-five years after that shared year in Waterloo, Tracy can immediately articulate the primary reasons why Pam was her favorite teacher.  Pam provided the opportunity for Tracy to not only learn, but practice empathy and compassion.  The nursing home experience helped Tracy prepare for her sister’s death a short time later.  The experience also prepared Tracy and her classmates for life.

Pam died without any knowledge of the two funds that will carry her name forward for years to come.  Multiple students at Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley will #1. benefit, and #2. Succeed, without any idea who Pamela D. Johnson, Ph.D. was.  As for Pam, that would be just fine by her.  At Pam’s Celebration service, Bob, a good friend of ours described Pam as “elegantly understated” in everything she did: her appearance, personality, faith, and work.  I couldn’t agree with Bob more!

Criteria to Apply:

  • Be a graduating senior of PVHS
  • Student planning to attend one of the three public universities in Iowa
  • Hoping to major in Education with the goal of becoming a teacher

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • TBD
Maggie Tinsman Arts Scholarship

Posted January 18th, 2019

Maggie Tinsman’s strong interest in the fine arts began with her involvement with drama in high school. This interest continued with her participation in Playcrafters and the Genesius Guild, both venues that help cultivate public understanding and appreciation for theater arts.  Maggie also volunteers for the Quad City Symphony and the Figge Art Museum, two other organizations that engage and entertain the community through the arts.  With this scholarship, it is Maggie’s hope to celebrate a Pleasant Valley student’s role in the fine arts and to help him/her realize that these activities add to one’s quality of life, not only as a student but spanning a lifetime.

Criteria to Apply:

  • Be a graduating senior of PVHS
  • Plan to attend a four-year institution
  • Have a “B” average
  • Be an active participant in a significant number of expressive arts (performing or visual)

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • How do you feel your involvement in the Arts has impacted you as a young person. Please be as descriptive as possible.
Spartan Legacy Scholarship – Honoring Dr. James Spelhaug

Posted January 9th, 2019

Dr. James Spelhaug closed a 41 year career in education, the last 29 of which were dedicated to Pleasant Valley, after the 2018-19 academic year.  Upon the May 2018 announcement of his retirement plans, leadership of the Pleasant Valley Education Foundation secretly collected donations from friends and colleagues sufficient to endow a scholarship in his honor and surprised Dr. Spelhaug with the announcement at the annual Friends of the Foundation event in November, 2018.

Criteria for the scholarship reflect beliefs important to Dr. Spelhaug throughout his career.  The first is how much education can change a person’s life and the importance of pursuing some form of post-secondary education in order to achieve economic self-sufficiency.  Because cost is one of the barriers to starting post-secondary work, Dr. Spelhaug established the first criteria:   a PV graduating senior planning to pursue a vocational, certification, or pre-baccalaureate degree from Scott Community College.  The college offers excellent educational opportunities in a highly cost effective manner.

Across his career, Dr. Spelhaug served on numerous local boards, including United Way, Scott County YMCA, QC Arts, Junior Achievement of the Heartland, Bettendorf Rotary, Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce, QC Health Initiative, Scott County Kids, Pleasant Valley Education Foundation, Asbury Methodist Church Foundation, along with active membership in others.  He believed deeply in the responsibility we each have to make our communities a better place, and so the second criteria is a student who has stood out in his/her service to others.

The final criteria reflects Dr. Spelhaug’s deep pride in Pleasant Valley. The final criteria is only a tie breaker after the first two criteria.   The tie is broken by the student who has been a PV student the longest.

Dr. Spelhaug received his BA in Economics from Luther College and his MA and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from The University of Iowa.  His wife Julie is on the math faculty at Pleasant Valley High School and they have four children who are PV graduates:  Lexi (’13), Ryan (’15), Ellie (’18) and Carli (’19).

Criteria to Apply:

  • Stand out in his/her service to others and the community
  • Plan to pursue education at Scott Community College
  • Strong work ethic and dedication to education, even in tough circumstances

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.
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.
Dlouhy Family Scholarship

Posted January 9th, 2019

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Criteria to Apply:

  • Student pursuing a 4 year degree program at an educational institution in the state of Iowa.

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.
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.
Ray and Joyce Bauwens Dedication to Service Scholarship

Posted January 9th, 2019

Ray and Joyce Bauwens have been serving the Pleasant Valley Community School District for a combined 102 years. Ray and Joyce dedicated nearly all of their adult lives to the PV district, sending their children through the PV system, working in the district, and volunteering their free time to give back at different events.  Joyce began at PVHS in 1966, working with teachers assembling curriculum books. She then moved to the Administrative Center doing payroll, becoming the Secretary of Transportation, and the school board Secretary. Later, Joyce took on the roll of school board Treasurer, which she still does, along with District Payroll. Joyce retired in December of 2018 after completing over 52 years at PVCSD. Ray began his PV career in 1960 as a regular route bus driver. After many years in that role, Ray became the District Groundskeeper. Near the end of his time at PV, Ray found his true calling in becoming one of the Special Education bus drivers, where he was fondly known as “Mr. Ray” by his students. Ray passed away on January 22, 2015.  This scholarship is meant to memorialize the Bauwens dedication to PVCSD and to carry on their legacy of loyalty and servitude for years to come.

Criteria to Apply:

  • Interest in pursuing career with Special Education focus
  • Show immense dedication to education and extracurricular activities

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • Describe your post-secondary plans and why you have an interest in going into the Special Education field.
Drish Family Scholarships

Posted January 9th, 2019

The Drish Family, John, Jan, Jessica, and Derek, moved to the Quad Cities in the fall of 1985, as John continued his career with Hy-Vee as the Bettendorf Hy-Vee Manager.  Both Drish children, Jessica and Derek, attended Pleasant Valley and were involved in a large variety of activities, including cheer, volleyball, choir, drama, wrestling, track, and golf.  After graduating from PV, Jessica went on to attend the College of Charleston to major in biology and Spanish, then continued her education at Iowa State to complete her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.   Derek received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering, followed by a Masters in Landscape Architecture, from the University of Virginia.  The Drishs are now scattered throughout the United States, from Florida to San Francisco and states in between! During John’s 25 year stint as the Bettendorf Hy-Vee Manager, the Bettendorf Hy-Vee Citizenship Scholarship was created in an effort to award a student that demonstrated excellent citizenship during their schooling.  The Drish Family wanted to create their own scholarships to give back to the school district and community that were continually supportive of their family for so many years.  This scholarship fund will award two scholarships annually.

Criteria to Apply:

  • Scholarship One: Student planning to major in Engineering
  • Scholarship Two: Student planning to major in Biological Sciences
  • Financial need will go into consideration

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • Explain why you decided to apply for one of these scholarships, 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.
Wil Hanson Inspire Kindness Scholarship

Posted December 19th, 2018

The Wil Hanson Inspire Kindness Scholarship was established in 2018 by a small group of people who saw a rare generosity that deserved to be honored.

Wil Hanson is a life-long resident of the Quad Cities. He grew up in Buffalo, Iowa pitching in on his Grandfather’s farm. Upon graduation from high school he went to work at ALCOA and was soon drafted into The United States Army.  After serving in the Army he returned to ALCOA and began his studies at St. Ambrose University. He graduated from St. Ambrose with a Bachelor’s degree and spent the next 33 years working as an Industrial Manager at ALCOA.  He retired from ALCOA in 2000 and 6 months later he was ready to get back in the driver’s seat…literally.  As a second career he decided to start driving a school bus for the Pleasant Valley School District.

It was this second career that has help to define him as one of the most caring, generous and big-hearted individuals to ever drive a school bus.  Wil’s bus route is set in rural Bettendorf and LeClaire serving the Pleasant Valley Junior High and Cody Elementary.  Wil has driven a school bus for 17 years and has become an integral part of Cody Elementary.  He joins the PTA every year where he attends meetings, volunteers his time and generously supplies hundreds of Hot Wheels cars for school events. Wil always makes sure he drives the bus for the annual kindergarten field trip to the zoo. While at the zoo he takes a student or group of students who need a little extra attention and makes their day extra special.  Wil is well known for connecting with students who need a little extra attention and makes sure they feel noticed and respected.  The lucky students who ride Wil’s bus will tell you that he is the best bus driver in the world. Just watching him walk down the hallway at Cody Elementary and seeing every student trying to high five him is a testament to how much he means to them and the school.

Wil is well known throughout the district because he is an avid PV supporter. Wil’s bus has carried the athletes, the thespians, the band, the orchestra and Wil’s spirit is always there to provide support and encouragement all along the way.

Wil’s generosity and beautiful human spirit has touched the lives of many PV students. He makes time to be kind and to provide support to all those he knows. This scholarship has been established to celebrate Wil Hanson and the kindness he has shared throughout his life.

Purpose:  To help a student with financial need and who demonstrates exceptional kindness towards others.

Criteria to Apply:

  • Be a graduating senior of PVHS
  • Plan to attend college or vocational school
  • Demonstrates values of character and kindness
  • Provide 2 letters of recommendation highlighting examples of kindness

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.
Larry Johnsen Family Scholarship

Posted December 19th, 2018

 

Larry Johnsen is a retired Department of the Army civilian who was a professional logistician and systems analyst.  He retired as the Director of Logistics for the US Army Installation Management Agency Northwest Region.  His children – Justin Johnsen, Erica Johnsen, and Melany Bazare – all graduated from Pleasant Valley High School, as did his grandchildren Seth and Greison Skahill.  The family sees a need to provide academic and vocational support for student seeking to further their education at an institution other than a college or university.

Criteria to Apply:

  • Be a graduating senior from PVHS
  • Planning to attend a community college or vocational institution
  • Demonstrate good citizenship, honesty, and integrity
  • GPA above 3.0

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.

 

Horan Family Scholarship

Posted January 24th, 2018

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The Horan Family Scholarship was created in 2018 by the Horan Family in recognition of daughters Kathryn, class of 1998;  Susan, class of 2000;  Mary, class of 2003; and Charlie, class of 2005 and in acknowledgement of their belief in the value of education.

Criteria to Apply:

  • Student in good standing relative to attendance and discipline records.
  • Preference given to a student interested in agricultural or manufacturing careers and/or who plans to pursue military service or whose parents are active or retired military.

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • Do you have a parent who is/was in the Military? Do you have plans to enter the Military? Explain your reasoning.
Ascentra Credit Union “Doing What is Right” Scholarship

Posted January 17th, 2018

This scholarship was established in 2018 to honor and celebrate the long relationship between Ascentra and the Pleasant Valley Community School District.  For years, Ascentra has sponsored the Booker Bear program to promote reading and literacy for our youngest students.  Upon the sad and untimely death of their long time President and Pleasant Valley parent, Paul Lensmeyer, they endowed a scholarship to honor his memory and to advance his deep belief in the importance of education.  Most recently, Ascentra has been the multi-year title sponsor or our Run with Carl.

Criteria to Apply:

  • A GPA acceptable for college admission, and likely success at chosen institution
  • Intention to pursue post-secondary education at college, community college, trade, or technical school
  • Demonstrates how student has “done what is right” in their life, even when faced with a difficult decision

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay

  • Give an example in your life when you have chosen to ‘do the right thing’ even when it was difficult to do.
Spartan Assembly Scholarship

Posted January 11th, 2018

Spartan Assembly is a student-led government consisting of all grade levels. This group meets bi-weekly to organize fundraisers and sponsor community-wide events. It allows students to create, plan, and orchestrate their own ideas while helping out their fellow students and community.

The primary objective of this scholarship is to award and acknowledge an outstanding senior for their leadership and commitment to both their school and their community.

The scholarship will be paid directly to the institution, granted for one year and is non-renewable. The scholarship recipient will be determined by a committee composed of the PVHS Principal or (designee) and the Guidance Department.

Criteria to Apply:

  • A GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities
  • Be a positive role model in the community
  • Plan to attend college or vocational school after graduation
  • Graduating senior
  • Personal statement about how you have impacted the community and school

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • How Have You Impacted PVCHS And/Or Your Community?
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?
Schillig Family Scholarship

Posted November 1st, 2017

Carl D. Schillig died at age 15, following a car-pedestrian accident, on September 17, 1994, when just beginning his freshman year at Pleasant Valley High School.  The Schillig Family’s life was greatly altered.  In the days and years following, they continued receiving loving support from family, friends, and the Quad City community, including Pleasant Valley Schools.  The Labor Day Run with Carl has allowed the Schilligs to perpetuate his Carl’s life through memorial scholarships and continues to give incentive to “live on” in spite of this life changing event.  Carl’s family offers this scholarship to a student achieving graduation after having endured “life altering” circumstances during their high school years.

Criteria to Apply:

  • Student plans on pursuing post-secondary training

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • Please explain how you have “lived on” to be a positive, successful person following a significant life-altering or tragic event that has happened to you.
  • Please list one teacher or community member we can contact about your application.
Spirit of Inclusion Scholarship

Posted October 18th, 2017

 

In May of 2017, Pleasant Valley High School received the Spirit of Inclusion from Varsity Brands.  With the award came a $10,000 prize which was used to endow this scholarship for a Pleasant Valley student who has gone above and beyond to foster a spirit of inclusion.

At Pleasant Valley High School, the administrators, staff, and students embrace an unwavering commitment to inclusion. In 2008, students at Pleasant Valley created the nation’s first inclusive cheerleading team, the Spartan Sparkles. Building on that PV pride, students created “PV Pals,” a club that brings together students with and without disabilities for social activities. The UNITE Club, another student-driven endeavor, believes in universal respect for all races, nationalities, religions, gender identities, sexual orientation, abilities, appearance, and financial status. Each month, club members spotlight a different group of students to raise awareness and promote understanding, acceptance, and respect.

Selection Committee will include:  Advisors from the Sparkles, Shining Stars, UNITE Club and a HS Counselor.

Criteria to Apply:

  • Be a graduating senior of PVHS
  • A student of upstanding character who has gone above and beyond to foster a spirit of inclusion and respect in one or more of the following areas:
    • Suicide Prevention
    • LGBT Awareness
    • Socio-Economic Diversity
    • Racial Diversity
    • Religious Diversity
    • Disability Awareness
    • Appearance Acceptance
    • Gender Equality

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

 

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?
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