The following are the partners who currently provide the scholarships offered through Central Community Scholarship Foundation.
The Ainsworth Scholarship is presented by the Volga Library to a senior student who lives within the Volga area and completed the CCSF application.
Bernie Saggau Award
In 1989, the Iowa High School Athletic Association established The Bernie Saggau award. This coveted award honors an outstanding citizen athlete in every one of the 400 high schools in the State of Iowa.
Brian Kenney Memorial FFA Scholarship
Brian Kenney was a student at Central Community High School. The scholarship in his honor is given to a student who was active in FFA and is pursuing an education in vocational agriculture.
Brown’s Sales & Leasing
Provides scholarships for students planning to major in computer and information sciences (odd numbered years) OR business (even numbered years); 2) and who will attend a four year or two year college.
Central Education Association
The Central Education Association Award goes to a member of the senior class who intends to major in education and must be a good citizen, be of high character, demonstrate leadership, and be a high academic achiever.
Dale Tieden Scholarship
Dale Tieden was a local farmer and state legislator for Clayton County. The Dale Tieden Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who is dedicated to specific goals and has shown consistent academic improvement and great promise.
Donna & Carl Wessel Spirit Award
Donna and Carl Wessel believed that participation in extracurricular activities was what made high school fun! They also believed that being involved in an activity over time created memorable experiences, built friendships, and developed character. This scholarship is awarded in their honor by their children and grandchildren to a student who has participated in an activity for at least 2 years.
Dorothy Dittmer Scholarships
Dorothy Dittmer graduated from Elkader High School and attended nursing school. She worked in hospitals, became a nursing instructor, and finished her career as the Assistant Dean, Health Occupations, at the Madison Area Technical College. When she passed away in 2014, she left money to our organization to benefit graduating seniors. CCSF is awarding four scholarships in her honor: two scholarships are given to seniors who are planning to pursue a career in the medical field; two are given to deserving seniors who are pursuing a post-secondary education of any major.
The FreedomBank Scholarship goes to a student who is pursuing a degree in business and is a top student in mathematics.
Garms Financial Services Scholarship
Garms Financial Services, along with Heritage Mutual of West Union, annually present a scholarship to a senior who plans to pursue a career in agriculture, demonstrates good character, and intends to locate in a rural area.
Gifford Insurance Agency Scholarship
Scholarship give to a student of good character; who is planning on studying agriculture or a related field. Preference to student intending to locate in a rural area.
Jack Moyna Scholarship
The Jack Moyna Scholarship is given in honor of Jack Moyna, one of the two sons of C.J. Moyna and Sons. The award is being presented to a student with a strong work ethic.
Jack Stence Scholarships
Jack Stence, local son, farmer and high school counselor at Central. Jack first heard about the Dollars for Scholars organization and was the spark plug that recruited and organized the Central chapter which is now called the Central Community Scholarship Foundation. The John Stence Endowment Scholarship is given in memory of John J. Stence, awarded by St Joseph’s Catholic church. John Stence was a local farmer, father of Jack, Dick, Susan, and Ruth and member of St Joseph's. This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who has been a contributing member of St. Joseph’s CCD program.
The Jack Stence Community College Scholarship is presented annually to a student who will be attending a Community College. The Jack Stence Essay Scholarship is presented annually to the student who has the best written essay on their future goals. The Jack Stence Volunteer Scholarship is awarded annually to the student who has demonstrated exceptional involvement in volunteer activities.
Jean & Leslie Tappen Scholarship
Jean and Dr. Leslie Tappen were Elkader residents, owning the eye clinic in Elkader, later with Dr. Bruce Landis. Jean and Leslie or "Doc" were farm neighbors in Illinois, landing in Elkader after Doc's education was finished. They were members of Peace UCC, raised 2 children, and were very active in the community. The scholarship gift is from the Jean Tappen Estate to focus on completing a college program, community or 4 year.
Kate Bente Memorial Scholarship
Kate Bente was a nurse at Central Community Hospital for over 40 years and also helped start the ambulance service in town. Her family started the scholarship to honor her memory. The scholarship is given to student who will study nursing. Preference is given to a student attending NICC.
The Lucy Scholarship is an endowment in honor of Lucy Winch by her son Brad. Brad graduated from Central Community Schools in 1951. Dr. Bradley Winch worked as a research scientist, attorney, and manager for Mattel Toy Company in California. Dr Winch was one of Central's first Hall of Famers. This scholarship is given to a student who shows scholastic promise and has been involved in extracurricular activities.
Marion Bink Harn Award
The Marion Bink Harn Award award is given to a student for exhibiting the most growth and improvement in the areas of academics, attitude and social interaction, between the freshman year and senior year in high school.
Masonic Lodge Scholarship
Scholarship recipient selection is based upon academic record, character displayed, and community service performance.
Most GPA Improvement
This scholarship is funded by the Central Community Scholarship Foundation. It is awarded to the student with the most improvement in GPA from ninth grade to senior year.
Owen Armstrong Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by Bill and Cathy Armstrong in memory of their son Owen, who passed away in 2020. Bill Armstrong was a 1996 graduate of Central Community High School.
PEO Chapter BZ Scholarship
The P.E.O. Sisterhood (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is a U.S.-based international women's organization with a primary focus on providing educational opportunities for female students worldwide. The Sisterhood is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, with chapters throughout the United States and Canada.
Each spring, the local Chapter BZ presents a scholarship to a graduating senior who has shown growth over her four high school years, particularly in academics, school and community involvement, and interpersonal skills. These characteristics will help these deserving young women be a success in whatever comes after high school.
John Edwin (Eddie) Poull (1915-2006) was born in Elkader and Dorothy Mae Starr Poull (1914-2018) was born in Volga. Dorothy went to Iowa State Teachers College graduating in 1936. They began dating after that and marrying in 1939. They were proud of their small-town Iowa roots; wanting to give back they made provisions in their Trust to leave a substantial portion of their estate to the CCSF. The hope is that those who receive these scholarships will also be proud of their small-town roots and get them started with educational goals that lead to adventures of their own.
Tammy Christeleit Memorial Scholarships
The Tammy Christeleit Memorial Scholarships are awarded to seniors who exhibit good sportsmanship, team spirit, cooperation, leadership, and dedication.
Taylor Scholarship of Merit
The Taylor Scholarship of Merit is given on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Taylor of Decorah who are firm believers in education. The criteria for this scholarship is to have a 3.25 or higher GPA.
Vernon Schuety Scholarships
The Vernon Schuety Aviation/Academic Scholarship is awarded to a student who is going to a post-secondary education institution and demonstrates the desire and potential to succeed.
The Vernon Schuety Track/Cross Country Scholarship is awarded to a student entering a post-secondary education institution and has been a member of the Central Cross Country and/or Track Team for a minimum of 3 years.