Linn-Mar School Foundation Scholarships






The Linn-Mar School Foundation is privileged to manage a number of scholarship and memorial funds. These 
funds were created by individuals and families who chose to honor special people or interests by investing in the future of Linn-Mar students.

An invitation to apply for scholarships is distributed to parents of graduating seniors in the winter each year with applications due January 31st.  Scholarship awards will be presented at senior recognition night each May and payable to the recipient’s college financial aid office in July.

Applications and requirements vary by scholarship and are available on Family Connection and through the Linn-Mar High School College & Career planning center.

2018 scholarship applications are due January 31st, 2018

Annual scholarship funds can be created with a minimum of $1,000 gift and $25,000 for endowed named scholarships.  For more information on investing in a scholarship fund contact Executive Director Shelley Woods at 447-3065 or

Melissa Ann Brendes Memorial Scholarship established in 2008, recognizes a passion for dance and children in the name of 2005 Linn-Mar graduate, Melissa Ann Brendes.  Applicants must be active in dance performance, Poms, show choir, theatre or at a dance studio.

Award is $1,000.00.

2017 Recipient – Cassidy Burns

2016 Recipient – Jenna Printy

2015 Recipient- Bryn Myers

2014 Recipient- Morgan Vana

2013 Recipient – Reilly Trent

2012 Recipient – Shannon Sidelar

2011 Recipient – Lisa Morgan

2010 Recipient – Katie Goodell

2009 Recipient – Molly Good

2008 Recipient – Katie McNeil

Paula Grady Memorial Scholarship is a scholarship established in 1996 recognizing “quiet leadership”, good citizenship, school involvement and motivation to reach one’s potential in honor of Paula Grady.

Award is $1,000.00.

2017 Recipients – Nolan Jessen and Kyle Tupper

2016 Recipients – Madhuri Belkale & Riley Behr

2015 Recipients- Anne Stevenson and Emma Kritzman

2014 Recipients- Brooke Almasi and Caitlyn Swenson

2013 Recipients – Annie Goodell and Stuart Rettig

2012 Recipients – Bryce Poellet and Brandon Ophoff

2011 Recipient – Emily Saville

2010 Recipient – Janae Holtkamp

2009 Recipient – Cara Soukup

2008 Recipient – Dana Poellet

2007 Recipient – Sarah Standley

2006 Recipient – Katie Koser

2005 Recipient – Jenny Denk


Dayton & Marilyn Sippy Scholarship – These long-time Marion residents created a scholarship in 1998 to support Linn-Mar students with the pursuit of higher education and meaningful employment.

Award is $500.00.

2017 Recipient – Jared Zieser

2016 Recipient – Tyler Annis

2015 Recipient- Priyal Patel

2014 Recipient – Halley Morgan

2013 Recipient – Kayla Ruff

2012 Recipient – David Cunningham

2011 Recipient – Kelsey Kearns

2010 Recipient – Sidney Hargraves

2009 Recipient – Kelsey Henle

2008 Recipient – Jon Rushford

2007 Recipient – Kaelyn Katch

2006 Recipient – Samantha Moore

2005 Recipient – Jake Wilson

John Anderson Memorial Scholarship – This college scholarship honors Linn-Mar graduate and 1982-83 State Basketball Champion, John Anderson.  The Anderson family established a scholarship in John’s name in 1995.

Award is $1,000.00, $500 payable in Fall semester, $500 payable in Spring semester.

2017 Recipient – Dylan Hand

2016 Recipient – Chandler Medberry

2015 Recipient- Lane Halupnik

2014 Recipient – Ben Larson

2013 Recipient – Kate Brockschink

2012 Recipient – David Cunningham

2011 Recipient – Josh Montague

2010 Recipient – Rachel Neverman

2009 Recipient – Kim Jordan

2008 Recipient – Susan Meyer

2007 Recipient – Melissa Hurst

2006 Recipient – Anton Jared Wiebel

2005 Recipient – Clark Anderson

Aggarwal Family Scholarship For Educational Excellence – This new scholarship was established in 2016 and support the plans of two Linn-Mar students attending any accredited two or four year school or technical program.  The Aggarwal family and Linn-Mar graduates Summet Aggarwal, 2000 & Manish Aggarwal, 2004 wanted a way to support students and give back to the school district they gained so much from.  Demonstration of financial need is important.

Awards are $1,000.00, $500.00 payable in the Fall semester, $500.00 payable in the Spring semester.

2017 Recipients – Addison Crow-Schrader and Erica Ernzen

2016 Recipients – Harrison Schultz and Gabrielle Meis

John & Peg Slusher University of Iowa Scholarship
The scholarship has been established by John & Peg Slusher. They have lived in the Linn-Mar school district for 45 years. They want to help Linn Mar students with getting an education at the University of Iowa.

Award is $1000.00. $500.00 payable in the Fall semester, $500.00 payable in the Spring semester.

2017 Recipient – Lubna Hossain

2016 Recipient – Nicole Glanz

Gerald Senninger Trojan Lodge #548 Scholarship The Gerald Senninger scholarship was established by Trojan Lodge #548 to honor Mr. Senninger’s desire to support a student from Marion, Iowa who will be pursuing further education upon high school graduation. Mr. Senninger was a former Linn County Auditor and dedicated Lodge member. Upon his passing, Mr Senninger created a trust to fund scholarships to continue the legacy of giving dating back to 1971.

Award is $1000.00. $500.00 payable in the Fall semester, $500.00 payable in the Spring semester.

Sunrise Rotary Club Award was created to inspire “service above self”, the Rotary International motto. This scholarship established in 1996 recognizes success at Linn-Mar and an interest in further education.

Awards are $500.00.

2017 Recipients – Lydia Anderson & Jaclyn Simons

2016 Recipients – Madhuri Belkale and Sruthi Palaniappan

2015 Recipients – Sydney Johnston and Nikita Sharma

2014 Recipients – Claire Tupper and Jan Henderickson

2013 Recipients – Jordan Webster-Moore and Lauren Reynolds

2012 Recipient – Christina Swenson

2011 Recipients – Olivia Sippy and Kelli O’Connell

2010 Recipients – Sarah Wodnik and Megan Weems

2009 Recipients – Kim Jordan and Zachary Sunderland

2008 Recipients – Ryan Helling and Jenna Holtz

2007 Recipients – Brenton Sherwood and Jennifer Fuller

2006 Recipients – Derek Sindelar and Stephen Nilsen

2005 Recipients – Maria Smith and Andrew Kraemer

Linn-Mar Student Council Scholarship in memory of Selena Apodaca and Bella Severson
Sisters Selena Apodaca and Bella Severson, students of the Linn-Mar Community School District, were tragically lost in a car accident on the third of November, 2016. The loss was devastating to their families, friends and to the entire Linn-Mar community. Linn-Mar unified in support of those in mourning and to remember the lives of Selena and Bella. It is in this remembrance that the Linn-Mar student council has chosen to honor the memory of the sisters in the form of a scholarship. The scholarship has been created with the help of family and friends to be awarded to an individual who possesses similar character traits and values to those of Selena and Bella, such as love of family and friends, strong willed, outgoing, free-spirited, and tough in the face of challenges.

Pagel Family Scholarship was established in 2010. This scholarship recognizes a student who has developed a “Spiritual Transistion Plan” while attending college.

Award is $350.00.

2017 Recipient – Marissa Bushlack

2016 Recipient – Karalynn Kirchner

2015 Recipient- Emma Kirtzman

2014 Recipient- Josh Kettlekamp

2013 Recipient – Atakilti Berhe

2012 Recipient – Allison Buol

2011 Recipient – Emily Saville

2010 Recipient – Stephen Gilliland

Heather Mershbrock Memorial Scholarship honors 1994 Linn-Mar graduate and 4-year, 2-sport cheerleader, Heather Merschbrock. This scholarship began in 2003 and recognizes academic, extra-curricular and community involvement.  Applicant must be entering the teaching profession.

Award is $500.00.

2015 Recipient – Garrett McClurg

2014 Recipient- Natalie Peyton

2013 Recipient – Allison Miller

2012 Recipient – Madeline Masters

2011 Recipient – Michelle Neuwirth

2010 Recipient – Hannah Stafford

2009 Recipient – Cara Soukup

2008 Recipient – Laurie Martin

2007 Recipient – Kelly Roach

Nick Wilwert Tennis Scholarship – This scholarship will be awarded 2016-2018 and supports a Linn-Mar men’s tennis team member who best reflects Nick Wilwert’s caring nature and dedication to others reflected in his support of student athletes and in his community.

Award is $500.00.

2017 Recipient – Michael Bunney

2016 Recipient – Kathir Pandian

Marion Firefighters Association Scholarship – New scholarship in 2018 established by the Marion Firefighters Association (MFFA). MFFA is an independent body of volunteer and career firefighters that serve the city of Marion, Iowa and Marion township. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students in the community seeking a career path in Fire Science and/or EMT/Paramedic. In order to obtain careers in these fields, people are required to obtain designations that can be costly. By providing this scholarship, it is MFFA’s desire to encourage students to pursue this valuable career path not only for the Marion community but for all communities.

Kiwanis Clubs of Marion Endowed Scholarship
– In recognition of nearly 30 years of service to the community, the Kiwanis Club of Marion created a scholarship honoring service to others.

Award is $500.00 beginning in 2018.

2017 Recipient – Marion Cagnard

2016 Recipient – Shruthi Boggarapu

2015 Recipient – Ariana Dewan

2014 Recipient – Claire Tupper

2013 Recipient – Catherine In

2012 Recipient – Brady Bisgard

2011 Recipient – Meighan Kelly

2010 Recipient – Kristin Gibbs

2009 Recipient – Zachary Sunderland

2008 Recipient – Michaela Roslawki

2007 Recipient – Josh Pagel

Steven J. Colton Memorial Band Scholarship – Extraordinary Linn-Mar instrumental music instructor, Steve Colton, is remembered by friends, family and alumni through this generous scholarship to a Linn-Mar graduate pursuing a career in instrumental band music.

Award is $1,000.00.

2017 Recipient – No scholarship awarded in 2017

2016 Recipient – Joshua Yem

2015 Recipient – Noah Perkins

2014 Recipient – Andrew McDonald

2013 Recipient – Joseph Kreassig

2012 Recipient – Britta Pearson

2011 Recipient – Emily Baker

2010 Recipient – Nolan Schroeder

2009 Recipient – Elizabeth Kreassig

2008 Recipient – Ellen Black

2007 Recipient – Kyle Myers

Dennis Selness Endowed Memorial Scholarship – A group of Linn-Mar FFA alumni created this special scholarship to honor outstanding teacher, Denny Selness, who was instrumental in developing the Agriculture Program, FFA and Aquatics Lab. The scholarship targets an active FFA member pursing a career in natural resources or agriculture.

Award is $500.00 beginning in 2018.

2017 Recipient – Addison Crow-Schrader

2016 Recipient – Brandon Smith

2015 Recipient – Cody Benesh

2014 Recipient – Brennon Harris

2013 Recipient – Alexa Klimes

2012 Recipient – Jennifer Zigula

2011 Recipient – Olivia Sippy

2009 Recipient – Kim Jordan

2008 Recipient – Michael Steadman

2007 Recipient – Spencer Jordan

Linn County State Bank Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2008 and supports the plans of an outstanding Linn-Mar graduate who plans to further their education in business with an emphasis in accounting or investments.

Award is $500.00. Not available in 2018

2017 Recipient – No scholarship award given in 2017

2016 Recipient – Kayla Nibaur

2015 Recipient – Zach Frantz

2014 Recipient – Claire Tupper

2013 Recipient – Austin Swanson

2012 Recipient – Jennifer Zigula

2011 Recipient – Emily Saville

2010 Recipient – Katherine Cote

2009 Recipient – Drew Crawford

2008 Recipient – Elizabeth Wiebke