Announcing Your 2021 Scholarship Winners

 

The 2021-22 Iowa Grocers Education Foundation Scholarship Program

Announcing Your 2021 Scholarship Winners

Iowa Grocers Education Foundation Awards 91 Scholarships

In 2021, the foundation received 389 applications for the 91 scholarships that were awarded for the 2021–2022 school year. Scholarships totaling $160,850 were awarded to students who are at least part-time employees of an IGIA member company or the children of full-time employees working for an IGIA member.

IGEF scholarships are awarded based on academic merit to sons and daughters of full-time employees whose firms are members of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association, a state trade association that represents the food industry, including chain and independent supermarkets, convenience stores, suppliers, wholesalers, brokers, manufacturers and distributors. Young adults who work for an IGIA member company (either full-time or part-time) are eligible as well.

“The IGEF scholarship program provides us with an opportunity to recognize the outstanding academic achievements of individuals who have connections to the grocery industry. We are honored to help these deserving young people to obtain a college education and make their life dreams a reality,” says Michelle Hurd, president of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association.

Scholarships are provided by an endowment fund established by the Iowa Grocers Education Foundation and its supporters.

“We are grateful to the many corporate sponsors and donors,” Hurd adds, “who participate annually in the Foundation process to make these scholarships possible.”

The Iowa Grocers Education Foundation was established in 1992 to assist youth with ties to the grocery industry achieve their dreams of obtaining a higher education. The IGEF Scholarship program was renamed the Mary I. Fitzgerald Scholarship Program in 1997 in tribute to Mary I. Fitzgerald, who guided the Iowa Grocery Industry Association from 1964 to 1981.

Since 2001, the IGEF has helped approximately 1,700 youth obtain a post-secondary education, awarding 1,770 scholarships, totaling $2,670,950. In 2021, 91 recipients were awarded a total of $160,850.00.

These scholarships paved the way for youth to achieve their ultimate career goals within and outside of the grocery industry.

A large number of the deserving young people assisted by these scholarships say that they would not be the doctor, CEO, nurse, teacher or business professional they are today without the help of the  Mary I. Fitzgerald Scholarship Program.

2021-22 IGEF Scholarship Winners                        

Fareway Family Scholarship ($2,000)                                              

  • Erin Baldwin | Fareway, Shenandoah
  • Emily Bettey | Fareway, Jefferson
  • Amber Braniff | Fareway, Boone
  • Austin Bruns | Fareway, New Hampton
  • Preston Cattanach | Fareway, Nevada
  • Alexander Chambers | Fareway, Clive
  • Joshua Coffman | Fareway, Indianola
  • Allison Cooper | Fareway,  Indianola
  • Kyle Feauto | Fareway,  Carroll
  • Tori Fjeld | Fareway, Sheldon
  • Shayla Harris | Fareway, Clarinda
  • BethAnnie Hartman | Fareway, Cedar Rapids
  • Emmersen Haugland | Fareway, Bettendorf
  • Zoe Hettinger | Fareway, Perry
  • Avery Hickcox | Fareway, Ankeny
  • Andrew Hilgendorf | Fareway, Clinton
  • Collin Hoover | Fareway, Boone
  • Ethan Hulinsky | Fareway, Le Mars
  • Emma Johansen | Fareway, Urbandale
  • Jack Keuning | Fareway, Altoona
  • Josette Knutson | Fareway, New Hampton
  • Ashlyn Kralik |  Fareway, Greenfield
  • Kaitlynn Larrington | Fareway, Ottumwa
  • Hannah Litterer | Fareway, Maquoketa
  • Trejahn Manning | Fareway, West Des Moines
  • Emilee Mapes | Fareway, Polk City
  • Chance McCollom | Fareway, Jefferson
  • Madisyn McCormick | Fareway, Ankeny
  • Brennan McGee | Fareway, Perry
  • Cade Messer | Fareway, Dyersville
  • Casie Meyer | Fareway, Hiawatha
  • Devin Neuhaus | Fareway, Dyersville
  • Emma Ostwinkle | Fareway, Monticello
  • Alexandra Parker | Fareway, Oelwein
  • Madison Rahn | Fareway, Ames
  • Mia Schemmel | Fareway, Dubuque
  • Jackson Schendel | Fareway, Spencer
  • Claudia Schroeder | Fareway, Carroll
  • Megan Shaffer | Fareway, Pella
  • Nathaniel Skinner | Fareway, Urbandale
  • Matthew Smith | Fareway, Mason City
  • Lacey Smith | Fareway, Anamosa
  • Jackson Smith | Fareway, Iowa Falls
  • Abilene Sosa Baez | Fareway,  Webster City
  • Molly Stanhope | Fareway, Waverly
  • Maggie Stewart | Fareway, Waukee
  • Maverick Warburton | Fareway, Spencer
  • Jaymie Wasem | Fareway, Ames
  • Logan Woellert | Fareway, Manchester
  • Allison Young | Fareway, Estherville

                                                                                   

Beckwith Foundation Scholarship ($2,000)            

  • Kayla Natelborg | Fareway, Pleasant Hill
  • Tate Sandvig | Fareway, Boone
  • Vanessa Johnson | Fareway, Ames

                                                                                   

Cylinder Express Scholarship ($500)            

  • Casandra Byrd | Hy-Vee, Ankeny
  • Colby McMorran | Arctic Glacier Ice, Ames

                                                                                   

Dietrich Family Scholarship ($1,500)           

  • Jacob Stanerson | Gary’s Foods, Mt. Vernon

                                                                                   

Grocery Manufacturers Association Scholarship ($500)                        

  • Kaitlyn Hushagen | Shazam, Johnston

                                                                                   

Iowa Grocers Education Foundation Scholarship ($1,500)                               

  • T’Annah Banda | Hy-Vee, Ankeny
  • Brandon Barker | Hy-Vee, Coralville
  • Carli Gasaway | Hy-Vee, Sioux City
  • Trevor Goulding | Hy-Vee, Marshalltown
  • Jacqueline Heggen |  Hy-Vee, Urbandale
  • Abby Housker | Hy-Vee, Ankeny
  • Rachel Kaiser | Hy-Vee, Cedar Rapids
  • Ashley McKim | Hy-Vee, Bettendorf
  • Alexander Romig | Kwik Star, Grimes
  • Shelby Ryan | Hy-Vee, Burlington
  • Taylor Shields | Hy-Vee, Mount Ayr
  • Tyler Wilken | Hy-Vee, Cedar Rapids

                                                                                   

Iowa Grocers Education Foundation ($2,000)       

  • Jordyn Branz | Mahaska Bottling, Oskaloosa
  • Kathryn Cairney | ITS, Inc./Shazam, Des Moines
  • Alyssa Fick | Hussmann Corp., Urbandale
  • Emma Gardner | Hy-Vee / D&D Foods, Omaha
  • Tessa Hill | Kwik Trip, La Crosse
  • Timothy Jenson | Sibley Super Foods, Sibley
  • Lucas Pierce | Hy-Vee, Charles City
  • Darbi Shaw | Hormel Foods Corporation, Urbandale
  • Grant Shaw | Hormel Foods Corporation, Urbandale
  • Cecilia Strain | Mueller-Yurgae Associates, Grimes
  • Madison Strait | Hy-Vee, West Des Moines
  • Chancellor Thrasher | Hy-Vee, Coralville

                                                                                   

Jack Grolmus Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)                               

  • Benjamin Wright | North Scott Foods, Eldridge   

                                                                                   

Jerry Thede Scholarship ($1,000)                               

  • Olivia Saxton | Fareway, Grimes

                                                                                   

JW’s Foods Scholarship ($750)                                   

  • Austin Bontrager | JW’s Foods, Kalona

                                                                                   

Ken Uglum Memorial Scholarship ($500)                           

  • Lauren Harpenau | Hy-Vee, Le Mars

                                                                                   

Mary I. Fitzgerald Scholarship ($1,800)                              

  • Riley Storm | Mahaska Bottling, Oskaloosa

                                                                                   

Mueller Yurgae Associates Scholarship ($1,000)                          

  • Kaelan Bohn | Perishable Distributors of Iowa, Ankeny
  • Kylie Richardson | Associated Wholesale Grocers       

                                                                                   

Perishable Distributors of Iowa Scholarship ($500)                                

  • Joshua Bartling | Perishable Distributors of Iowa, Ankeny
  • McKenzie Eslinger | Perishable Distributors of Iowa, Ankeny

                                                                                   

Robert G. Carper Jr. Scholarship ($1,800)                          

  • Meghan Sturm | Fareway, Carroll

 

IGEF Board of Trustees

  • Brian Burnam, Keith’s Foods
  • Mike Brewington, Iowa Beverage Systems
  • Bob Gostomski, Mueller Yurgae Associates
  • Mike Skokan, Hy-Vee Inc.
  • Dean Summa

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