The following are the partners who currently provide the scholarships offered through Central Community Scholarship Foundation.

Ainsworth Scholarship

The Ainsworth Scholarship is presented by the Volga Library to a senior student who lives within the Volga area and completed the CCSF application.

Ann Moyna Memorial Scholarship

The Ann Moyna Memorial Scholarship is in honor of the late Ann Moyna, who passed away unexpectedly in 2021 from complications with ovarian cancer. Ann (McClimon) Moyna grew up in DeWitt and was a graduate of Central De Witt High School. She married Steve Moyna a long-time resident of Elkader, graduate of Central Community High School, and son of Jerry Moyna of CJ Moyna & Sons, LLC.

Steve & Ann moved to Altoona in 1992, where they have always been proud and supportive residents of the Altoona Community, volunteering their time and resources for many boards, committees, and community events. They are also passionate supporters of the Southeast Polk School District, which their children, Connor and Claire, attended and graduated from. This scholarship is available to any student who has shown dedication to their education at Central Community High School and has also shown pride in their community by volunteering their time and energy, much in the same way Ann and Steve always did.


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.

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.

FreedomBank Scholarship

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 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 Tappan Scholarship

Jean and Dr. Leslie Tappan 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 Tappan 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. 

Lucy Scholarship

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. 

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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.


Poull Scholarships

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.

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