• SLCS Foundation Community Scholarship

    $500

    Generous donations and memorial gifts from people in the community and alumni of Spirit Lake School make it possible for the Foundation to award scholarships and academic enrichment grants each year. Any donation is welcomed and appreciated. These contributions to the SLCS Foundation enable this Community Scholarship to be awarded each May.

    Selection Criteria
    • Scholarship, Leadership
    • Citizenship and Service to the School and Community
    • Attending a College, University, Vocational, or Technical school
  • Jo Williams Scholarship

    $1000.00

    Jo Williams initiated the first named scholarship to the newly established SLCS Foundation while still a teacher in 1986. She taught in the Spirit Lake Schools for many years and was a favorite teacher due to her respect for students and an interest in getting to know each student as an individual which was not an easy task because she was a physical education teacher with many students. At her passing in 2016 she bequeathed additional funds that greatly increased the number of scholarships available each year.

    Selection Criteria
    • Financial need
    • Character, HS attendance, career plans
    • Attending College, University, Vocational or Technical school
  • Sheryl Maahs Memorial Scholarship

    $1500

    In 1986 the Maahs family established a scholarship in memory of Sheryl Maahs. Sheryl was a dedicated academic student, athlete and musician at SLHS and later a student and national-class runner at Iowa State University. A plane crash took her life and those of five others on a cold icy night when returning from national cross country finals. Because Sheryl so appreciated the scholarship she received as a graduating senior, the family thought it appropriate to share that joy with others through annual scholarships to Spirit Lake graduates.

    Selection Criteria
    • Character and Leadership
    • Academic discipline
    • Extracurricular participation
    • Attend a 4 year college or university, public or private, or a community college
  • Vestergaard Scholarship

    $1500

    In 1992 a scholarship trust fund was established with funds from the Estate of Dickinson County residents, Adolph and Esther Vestergaard. The income from the trust is used to assist needy and worthy residents in Dickinson and Clay County, Iowa in obtaining an education beyond high school. According to the wishes of the couple the primary criteria used in the selection process is financial need.

    Selection Criteria
    • Financial need - Submit FAFSA information to verify financial need
    • Attend a 4 year college or university or a community college
  • Raymond & Charlotte Johnson Memorial Scholarship

    $500

    A named scholarship was established in memory of Raymond and Charlotte Johnson in 1991. Raymond was a dentist and Charlotte a realtor. They felt the importance of encouraging post secondary education. The ideal lives on through this generous donation each year assisting Spirit Lake students to begin studying for careers in various majors and occupations

    Selection Criteria
    • Financial need
    • Character
    • Desire for further education in a vocational area or liberal arts
  • Newell Family Scholarship

    $500

    In 1993 Burton and Raeburn Newell donated funds to establish the Newell Scholarship for the purpose of assisting students in reaching their education goals. While Burton was President of the Spirit Lake Community School Board of Education he formed a committee to explore the possibility of creating a school foundation. The SLCS Foundation was established by that committee in 1986 with donations totaling $20,000 was originally alloted. The goal of that original Foundation Board of Trustees was to increase donations over time to enable the Foundation to grant scholarships to all graduating seniors that qualify and apply.

    Selection Criteria
    • Financial need
    • Character and HS attendance
    • College, University, Vocational, or Technical school
  • Gordon & Evelyn Ahrendt Memorial Scholarship

    $1000

    Gordon and Evelyn Ahrendt retired to the lakes region after a life of work and raising a family in another area. They enjoyed their relaxing home and the friendly people. In 1999 due to their interest in young people and the importance of post secondary education Evelyn began this scholarship in memory of her late husband. She died in 2004 and today their generous contribution lives on to help many Spirit Lake students attend college.

    Selection Criteria
    • Financial need
    • Character, HS attendance and career plans
    • Attending College, University, Vocational or Technical school
  • Greg Magg Memorial Home Builders Scholarship

    $500

    The Home Builders Association of Northwest Iowa began this scholarship in 2000 in memory of Greg Magg. Greg, a graduate of SLHS started his own electrical contracting business after completing vocational training as an electrician. In the spirit of his memory as a young entrepenuer this scholarship was established to help further the education of young men and women who are interested in pursuing an occupation in any technical area relating to building or related vocations.

    Selection Criteria
    • Pursuing education in a technical occupation relating to the construction industry
    • Vocational training
  • Edna Vick Memorial Scholarship

    $500

    In 2000, the Vick family established a named scholarship in memory of Edna Vick Swanson. She was an alumnus of Spirit Lake High School. After high school she attended Westmar College and later established a scholarship there. Those funds were transferred to SLCS Foundation when Westmar College closed in 2000.

    Selection Criteria
    • Character and Leadership
    • Scholarship and Service
    • Attending 4 year College or University
  • Richard Thoreson Memorial Scholarship

    $500

    In 2001, the Thoreson family established a named scholarship in memory of Richard Thoreson. Richard was an alumnus of Spirit Lake Schools. He and his family lived and worked in Algona, Iowa. The family continued to spend time each summer in the lakes region, then later he and his wife, Judy, retired to the area. His respect for the Spirit Lake school system continues on through this gift.

    Selection Criteria
    • Financial Need
    • Character and HS attendance
    • Career plans including an interest in writing
    • Attending College or University
  • George Siefken Memorial Scholarship

    $500

    The Siefken Scholarship was established in 2000. George and wife, Mary lived in Spirit Lake. He owned Siefken Electric from 1932-1971 although he left for a time to serve in WWII. Several people in the area also remember buying raspberries from his large garden. George and Mary wished for students to pursue their a career that they would enjoy.

    Selection Criteria
    • Financial Need
    • Character and HS attendance
    • Citizenship and Service to School and Community
    • Attending College, University, Vocational or Technical school
  • Alice O. Mendenhall Music Scholarship

    $1000 a year for 4 years

    In 2004, the family established this scholarship in memory of Alice Mendenhall, a long time Spirit Lake area resident. She was a piano performance and music education major from Coe College who felt deeply about the importance of music education. The scholarship recipient is required to submit a letter from the school of music each year to assure appropriate advancement in their music studies.

    Selection Criteria
    • Major in performance, education or music therapy
    • Emphasis on Music activities in high school
    • Two letters of recommendation (one from choral or instrumental instructor and the second from another individual)
    • Audition tape, with 2 selections representing types of music
    • Attending an accredited 4 year College/University or School of Music
  • Bob Bergquist Memorial Scholarship

    $500

    In 2005, Beverly Bergquist and Family established this scholarship in memory of Bob Bergquist. Bob was a long time businessman in Spirit Lake. He was a senior vice president with Citation Homes, known in the industry for innovative and creative style.

    Selection Criteria
    • Career interest in Building Industry through pursuing a degree in construction, engineering, architecture, or another related construction major.
    • Attending College, University, Vocational or Technical school
  • John and Ella Webb Scholarship

    $500

    In 2006, Chuck Rizzuti established the John and Ella Webb Scholarship. Rizzuti, a retired middle school teacher and coach became interested in finding out about John Webb Gym and the man so honored. As he explored more, he learned that John Webb was a popular teacher and coach from 1923 to 1959. Webb took basketball teams to state in 1923, 1928, and 1942. Through this research Rizzuti became friends with the Webb family and this scholarship was established.

    Selection Criteria
    • Financial need
    • Career plans: Pursuing a degree in Education and Coaching
    • Character, Academic Grade Point, ACT and Athletic Participation
    • Attending a 4 year College or University
  • Betty Westenberger Memorial Scholarship

    $1000 a year for 4 years

    In 2006, a named scholarship was established in memory of Kathleen Elizabeth Westenberger. She taught 4th grade for many years at Spirit Lake Elementary School. Because she enjoyed her time with the students, she desired to assist others in accomplishing the goal of becoming an elementary teacher. She and her husband, Karl, lived in Arnolds Park. The scholarship recipient must present a transcript from UNI each year to verify they are a student there and have maintained a grade point average of 3.00 or above.

    Selection Criteria
    • Career Plans only
    • Major in Elementary Education at the University of Northern Iowa
  • James Wetzeler Memorial Scholarship

    $500

    In 2011, the Wetzeler family established a named scholarship in memory of James Wetzeler. Jim, a spirit Lake High School graduate, attended college and received a degree in pharmacy. He credited the teachers and science classes he had taken at SLHS for facilitating his enjoyment of medical science, which became a lifelong career. Jim, his wife Catherine and family, lived in Spirit Lake for a short time after college and then moved to Boone and continued his career in pharmacy. The family wishes to share his love of science with others.

    Selection Criteria
    • Career plans: Medical field, preferably Pharmacy
    • Character, Service to the community
    • Attending a 4 year College or University
  • Built for Others Scholarship

    $1000 a year for 4 years

    Built for Others is the belief that we are at our best only when we are committed to see and encourage the best in others. Great leaders give the most of themselves in order to bring out the most in others. In a culture that often values reward over relationship and teaches us to lift ourselves up, Built for Others seeks to model and teach humility, selflessness, character and personal growth. It is only through consistently giving our best effort that we are able to unlock our full potential. Funds for the scholarship are raised through an annual community golf outing.

    Selection Criteria
    • Leadership, Character
    • Citizenship and Service to the School and Community
    • Student attending a College, University, Vocational, or Technical school
  • Hummel Family Scholarship

    $500

    The Hummel Family Scholarship was established in 2014 in memory of Elayne Hummel. She was the wife, mother, and grandmother of a Spirit Lake family very involved in the community and volunteering to help make the Spirit Lake community and Spirit Lake Schools a great place to be. The entire Hummel family, Dean, Elayne and their children Dan, Cheryl and Todd and grandchildren Joe, James, John, Lauren, Sara and Scott attended Spirit Lake Schools.

    Selection Criteria
    • Student attending a college or university offering a baccalaureate degree
    • Leadership, Character and Community Service
    • Involved in Extra-Curricular activities: Music, Drama, or Athletics.
  • Helping Hands Scholarship

    $2000

    In 2005, a Spirit Lake family established a scholarship fund called Helping Hands. The fund was to be invested until 2015 at which time money would become available for scholarships to students. In 2011 the driving force behind the scholarship suddenly passed away. However, the original intent of the gift from him and his wife would go on by providing scholarships and give back to a community that had served them and their family so well. They felt that young people are the future and wanted to invest in their learning and higher educational experience.

    Selection Criteria
    • Student attending a College, University, Vocational, or Technical school
    • Character
    • Service to the Community
    • Leadership
  • Sara Rick Memorial Scholarship

    $500

    In 2015 the SLHS Class of 1995 and the Rick family established the Sara Rick Memorial Fund in honor of Sara Rick. After graduating from SLHS in '95 Sara furthered her education at the University of Iowa and Drake University receiving degrees in elementary/middle school education and urban education. Throughout Sara's life she enjoyed working with young people, reading for enjoyment and learning, socializing and attending sporting events. Even after graduation, one would see Sara in attendance at events supporting her alma maters. Sara was a loved teacher in the Waukee School District where she taught ancient world history to 6th grade students.

    Selection Criteria
    • Character & Citizenship
    • Service to the Community
    • Career Plans: Student majoring in Education. If no scholarship application for a student majoring in education, other majors will be considered.
    • Student attending UI, Drake, UNI or ISU, considered first
  • McCulloch Family Scholarship

    $750

    The McCulloch Family Scholarship was established in 2017 by Don and Joan McCulloch. Don, a SLCS Middle School teacher and Joan, Director of the Dickinson County Voluntary Action Center, have appreciated this family friendly community, quality education system and support of young people, including their son Mark. This scholarship was established to show graduating seniors how much they are respected and to wish them well as they continue on with their educational goals and future endeavors.

    Selection Criteria
    • Attending College or University
    • Character and Citizenship
    • Involved in Extra-Curricular Activities: Music, Drama, Speech or Athletics
    • Career plans: Medical Field, Other Science Areas
  • Jerry and Norma Schmitz Scholarship

    $500

    In 2019 the Schmitz family established the Jerry and Norma Schmitz Scholarship in memory of their parents. Jerry, a successful businessman in the agricultural industry, worked hard to give back to the communities where he lived. He and Norma raised their family in Wall Lake and later retired to the lakes area. This scholarship pays honor to Jerry and Norma for their hard work, integrity, appreciation for others and generosity. With this scholarship those qualities will be passed forward to a deserving high school graduate.

    Selection Criteria
    • Attending College, University, Vocational or Technical school
    • Character and Citizenship
    • Scholarship
    • Leadership
    • Career plans: Ag Business, Healthcare
  • Tom and Annette Kalkhoff Scholarship

    $1000

    Tom and Annette Kalkhoff moved to Spirit Lake in 1986 when Dr. Kalkhoff began his career as a family practice physician. Annette taught in both the elementary and middle schools, enjoying her years working with the staff and students. Their two children, Michelle and Mike, are graduates of Spirit Lake High School, and were very involved in school activities. The Kalkhoffs feel strongly that a good education is key to future success and wish to encourage future graduates with this scholarship.

    Selection Criteria
    • Student attending a college or university, vocational or technical school
    • Scholarship
    • Character & Citizenship
    • Service to the community
    • Extra-curricular interest and attainments in athletics, music, speech, drama
  • Class of 1977 Scholarship

    $500

    When the graduating class of 1977 met for their 40th class reunion, they generously donated to fund this scholarship. Although the members of this class live in many places throughout the country and world, they agree that their years in Spirit Lake were special and they still appreciate the educational opportunities of the Spirit Lake Schools and the community support they received during their developing years.

    Selection Criteria
    • Student attending a College, University, Vocational, or Technical school
    • Character
    • Leadership
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